WELCOME TO THE MILWAUKEE JAZZ INSTITUTE

The Milwaukee Jazz Institute, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, promotes jazz through education and performance, building awareness of this art form's ability to transform lives and strengthen our community. MJI seeks to expand and diversify the local audience for jazz and to create opportunities for professional and aspiring musicians.

NOW'S THE TIME TO AUDITION

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NOW'S THE TIME TO AUDITION
Priority Deadline: May 21

2021 Summer Camp
2021 Summer Ensembles
2021 Fall Ensembles

High school and middle school instrumentalists are encouraged to submit an audition application for placement in an MJI youth jazz ensembles. This audition opportunity is open to all instrumentalists, free of charge.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • JAZZ GUITAR LICKS LAB: MINOR BLUES
    Thu, May 13
    Online Event for All Ages
    May 13, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Online Event for All Ages
    This session will focus on the minor blues chord progression, as played by jazz musicians.
  • MASTER CLASS WITH MARCYA: BOSSA NOVA
    Wed, May 19
    Online Event for All Ages
    May 19, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
    Online Event for All Ages
    Learn from jazz vocalist Marcya Daneille as she coaches singers in an online master class focused on bossa nova repertoire. Get tips from a pro on technique, style, and performance.
  • LISTENING TO JAZZ: POP TUNES IN THE JAZZ WORLD
    Thu, May 20
    Online Event for All Ages
    May 20, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
    Online Event for All Ages
    In this online jazz appreciation workshop with Paul Silbergleit, check out how some unlikely rock and pop songs have been reinterpreted by great jazz artists.
  • DRUM SET WORKSHOP: COMPING ON THE BLUES
    Sat, May 22
    Online Event for All Ages
    May 22, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
    Online Event for All Ages
    Devin Drobka will demystify how jazz drummers comp by delving into transcriptions by greats such as Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, and Elvin Jones. Learn about their unique styles and how you can use their techniques when comping on the blues.
  • MJI FUNDRAISER FOR JOHN PRICE AND HIS FAMILY
    Tue, May 25
    Blu at the Pfister Hotel
    May 25, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    Blu at the Pfister Hotel, 424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
    A long-time Milwaukee jazz musician and teacher is battling pancreatic cancer along with a huge financial burden due to mounting medical bills. Please help support our friend John Price and his family by attending our MJI event at Blu.
  • HANDFUL OF KEYS: JAZZ PIANO WORKSHOP
    Tue, May 11
    Online Event for All Ages
    May 11, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Online Event for All Ages
    This session will focus on methods you can use to harmonize a tune on the piano.

A CONVERSATION WITH
CHARLES McPHERSON

A recent MJI Jazz Circle event was a conversation with saxophone legend Charles McPherson. The discussion, hosted by MJI artistic director Mark Davis, delved into McPherson’s amazing career. You’ll hear incredible stories about meeting and hearing Charlie Parker, learning from Barry Harris in Detroit, and working with Charles Mingus. You’ll also learn about the inspiration for his new album, Jazz Dance Suites.

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