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.


It’s A New Day – Tuesday

Jazz Academy Ensemble (JAE) and Jazz Academy Orchestra (JAO) rehearsals are now on Tuesdays beginning September 22, 2015!

Same place, same time. Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland.

JAE 5:45pm and JAO 7:00pm, every other Tuesday.

JAM Improv
Register Now!
starts Oct 27!

Have you been meaning to dust off that ax?
Want to taking your music to another level?
Thinking of singing professionally and need the tools to start?

Well, JAM Improv may be the place for you!

Sligo Middle School
Band Room
1401 Dennis Avenue
Silver Spring, MD

See page for more information.

JAM Improv

Sessions - October 27, 2015; November 10, 2015; January 12, 2016; March 15, 2016; April 12, 2016; and May 10, 2016.

Ages: 16+

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