Empowering Young Musicians and Preserving Jazz

MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival


  • Saturday 3:30 p.m. guest Zoom clinic by Downbeat magazine and Grammy award-winning baritone saxophonist GARY SMULYAN.  A veteran of the New York City jazz scene, Gary will discuss his career as a working jazz musician, educator, give saxophone insights, and the details of jazz improvisation. Please register for access to the zoom link for the event at https://www.mtsu.edu/music/jazzfest.php.
  • Saturday 5:30 CD release celebration concert featuring MTSU Jazz Ensemble I, and a YouTube premiere of a new collaboration recording with Downbeat magazine and Grammy award-winning baritone saxophonist GARY SMULYAN. Available through www.mtsu.edu/musiclivestream
  • Saturday: MTSU Combo performances for highly respected jazz educators-adjudicators, Casey Brefka (leader, Music City Big Band) and MTSU alumnus Cord Martin in a non-competitive format.  Available through www.mtsu.edu/musiclivestream and zoom link.   
  • Weekday one-hour online clinics with MTSU students and Brefka and Martin are available on Thursdays, April 1st and Thursday, April 8th at 11:30 a.m.  Topics include music business, jazz trumpet and saxophone performance instruction, and time for Q + A.  For those interested, a zoom link will be sent out upon registration. 
  • 2:15 Guest clinic the Art of Small Group Jazz Performance by the MTSU Faculty Quintet, Brian Mueller (drums), Jonathan Wires (bass), Matt Endahl (piano), Jamey Simmons (trumpet), and Don Aliquo (saxophone).  Topics include soloist/rhythm section interaction, jazz styles, song form, basic arranging, and musicality.  Please register for access to the zoom link for the event, and watch at www.mtsu.edu/musiclivestream .

The Jazz Angels was founded in 2007 by two professional musicians and teachers that recognized a need for a unique type of music education for young people.  As they reflected on their own experiences and personal introductions to music and considering the devastating decline of music education in schools, they developed a program to that gives wings to young musicians’ desires, and opportunities for today’s youth to experience and perpetuate America’s only original musical art form – jazz.  On their own terms.

Still today, the purpose of this music nonprofit organization is to create an opportunity for young people to hear and learn about jazz, encourage them to play an instrument, and provide opportunities for them to perform.  A unique component to The Jazz Angels methodology is to engage professional musicians as mentors who play alongside the participants, providing inspiration and instilling pride and discipline.

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Jazz Angels Mission:
The Jazz Angels create an environment for young musicians to play and help preserve jazz, to build self-esteem, confidence and leadership skills, to promote community involvement, AND, to create/provide interactive online programming, activities and training to help lessen the stresses COVID-19 restrictions force on the young people we serve.

Jazz Angels Vision:  Our vision is to be the premier model for jazz preservation and education.

theJazzAngelsIs About:

  • Inspiring young musicians today, preserving jazz for tomorrow.
  • Improving the quality of life through Jazz Education, Performance, and Community Awareness
  • REAL musicians educating children in the appreciation of America’s true art form by giving them the tools, encouragement, and platform for live JAZZ performances with other children, accompanied by professional musicians
  • We inspire young musicians to create music in group settings. The lessons learned during this process will stay with them throughout their lives
  • Our young musicians come from Long Beach, and across the region in nearby Orange County, as well as from cities throughout Los Angeles County


For more info and any questions about our summer, winter, fall and spring jazz music programs contact: Barry Cogert, Director of Programs, (562) 981-8410, barry@jazzangels.org

This jazz music organization is much more than music lessons, it’s life-changing skils.


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The Jazz Angels is a non-profit public benefit corporation. Federal Tax Exempt ID number is:

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