Tucson Jazz Institute
TJI Spring Big Band Bash
Utterback Middle School, 3233 S Pinal Vista
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Mondays and Thursdays

3233 S Pinal Vista Dr

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At the Tucson Jazz Institute, our mission is to create educational and performance opportunities for young musicians to reach their highest potential. Jazz ensembles at TJI are taught by seasoned educators with the highest standard of musical excellence and a proven track record of success in developing young talent. The TJI Elllington Big Band and the TJI Concord Combo have established themselves as two of the leading high school jazz groups in the country, earning recognition from Downbeat magazine and winning the #1 positions in national competitions such as the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival, The Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, and the Fullerton Jazz Festival.

  • The opportunity to play and develop meaningful friendships with focused and dedicated musicians from all over Tucson and Southern Arizona
  • Performing in ensembles of all levels give students the opportunity to advance, from very beginning classes to the #1 high school jazz band in the nation
  • Traveling opportunities to festivals in various locations such as Arizona, California, Utah, New York City and Europe
  • Helping develop skills in teamwork, leadership and building self confidence
  • Opportunites to perform weekly with TJI instructors and local professionals

                           above right -TJI Ellington Big Band in winning performance - Jazz at Lincoln Center, May 2014

The Tucson Jazz Institute is home to the award-winning TJI big bands and combos, TJI Music Technology classes (recording arts), and recording label TJI Jazz. We are dedicated to music education taught by seasoned professionals in a positive and stimulating environment. We offer music classes in jazz combo, jazz big band, and music technology, as well as private lessons for students of all ages.


TJI Spring Concert
May 17 2pm at our new home
Utterback Middle School
3233 Pinal Vista

TJI Ellington band has a new CD that is out!

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We also recorded a live CD and DVD at the Berger Center on July 27. To purchase or order CDs or DVD call the TJI office at 514 - 0935

The TJI Parent Group has set up way to order TJI mechandise that helps them raise funds for travel and other student needs. Please vist the store below:
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Tucson Jazz Institute, 6061 East Broadway Blvd. Suite 121,Tucson AZ (520) 514-0935