The Jazz Academy of Music is a non-profit organization, established in 2002, whose mission is to advance and preserve the art of Jazz Music through education. In support of the Academy’s mission, our goals include:

  • Developing a broader appreciation for Jazz Music in our communities.
  • Exposing our youth to the disciplines of applied music thereby enhancing their individual creativity, deductive reasoning abilities, and focus.
  • To redirect the attention of our “at risk” youth from the negative influences in their community by engaging them in the study of Jazz music.

The Academy is unique because established professional performing musicians in the community, in partnership with the educators in our schools and colleges will teach the students. Paramount to the success of the program is that the Academy provides various outlets for the students to perform. The performances reinforce the need to establish and achieve goals. A discipline that is crucial to success in life.

The need for the offerings espoused by the Jazz Academy is two-fold:

  • Jazz music is a historic musical art form that needs a platform for sharing the craft in order to preserve and advance the music.
  • Our youth need to be taught the disciplines of music or other art forms in order advance and enhance their artistic and intellectual capabilities.

Louie ArmstrongLouis Armstrong on the steps in the New York neighborhood where he lived the last years of his life. Here he helps some kids with their music.

These two needs are complementary. Jazz music is an art form that has traditionally been preserved through story telling and instruction passed down from generation to generation by professional artists in the community.


MACJO to perform with
Delfeayo Marsalis!

MACJO finalists to perform with Delfeayo Marsalis on February 17, 2017 at 7pm at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
CLICK HERE to see full student Roster!

2nd December 2016
8pm – 10pm
Fall for Jazz Concert

The American University Jazz Orchestra [Joshua Bayer, Director] and the Jazz Academy Orchestra (JAO) [Paul Carr, Director] will be performing a varied program of big band music, including swing, bebop, and blues at Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center.

5 Dec 2016
Holiday Bash!


Holiday Concert
with the
Blues Alley Youth Orchestra
and the
Jazz Academy Orchestra