WELCOME TO THE MILWAUKEE JAZZ INSTITUTE

The Milwaukee Jazz Institute, a 501(c)3 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 jazz audience and create opportunities for professional and aspiring musicians. It’s a big task, and we appreciate your generosity!

We're Finalists!

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Vote by Dec 1!

It's the Final Round of the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee 2022 awards. Please consider voting for us as follows:

  • Milwaukee Jazz Institute in the Arts and Entertainment--Music Education category

  • Milwaukee Jazz Institute Ensemble in the Milwaukee Music--Jazz Combo category

Deadline to Vote December 1. You must vote in at least three categories for votes to count.

Thanks for your support!

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES

  • MJI PRESENTS: GOLDINGS / BERNSTEIN / STEWART ORGAN TRIO
    Wed, Dec 07
    Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel, Arc Theatre
    Dec 07, 8:00 PM
    Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel, Arc Theatre, 139 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
    The trio of organist Larry Goldings, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Bill Stewart, with eighteen albums to their credit, celebrate a fruitful musical cooperation that has lasted for more than 30 years. Join MJI for this special performance.
  • MJI JAM SESSION
    Mon, Dec 12
    Jazz Gallery
    Dec 12, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM CST
    Jazz Gallery, 926 E Center Street, Milwaukee WI 53212
    Join MJI faculty members Mark Davis and Jeff Hamann for a jam session open to musicians of all ages. Free admission! Donations welcome.
  • MJI PRESENTS: MATT WILSON CHRISTMAS TREE-O
    Sun, Dec 18
    Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel, Arc Theatre
    Dec 18, 4:30 PM
    Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel, Arc Theatre, 139 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
    World-renowned drummer Matt Wilson leads the Christmas Tree-O, a swinging, holiday-centric group featuring Jeff Lederer on reeds and Paul Sikivie on bass. This performance is part of their 2022 Yule Dig Tour, which includes stops in Philadelphia, Princeton, Chicago, Des Moines, and New York City.

Interested in learning jazz? The Milwaukee Jazz Institute has you covered

MJI’s artistic director, Mark Davis, recently spoke with Maayan Silver on WUWM’s Lake Effect about the history of jazz in Milwaukee, MJI’s founding story, and the many ways we’re making jazz accessible today… and into the future.

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Milwaukee Jazz Institute is a proud United Performing Arts Fund Affiliate and appreciates the generous support received annually thanks to your UPAF donation.

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