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Continuing the Legacy of Jazz in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Jazz Institute was created by dedicated jazz musicians and supporters who have a passion for preserving this music and passing it on for future generations to develop. Milwaukee has had a long and vibrant jazz history, and we look to continue the legacy of Tony King, Manty Ellis, Berkeley Fudge, Buddy Montgomery, Gerald Cannon, David Hazeltine, and others who led the way. We collaborate with other organizations that share our vision of how this music can become an even more significant factor in shaping, revitalizing, and improving our city. We hope that MJI will be instrumental in furthering jazz in Milwaukee for many generations to come.

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Faculty & Staff

Our faculty are committed to providing the finest music instruction. We create customized programs for schools, retirement homes, and youth centers, and all of our faculty are available for private lessons. Contact us to discuss your interests.


Our Values




We strive to keep 
the tradition alive.


Board of Directors

We are grateful for the time and commitment the members of our board dedicate to advancing MJI’s mission and values. 

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