Our education initiatives have always been a cornerstone to the Tucson Jazz Festival. From our first festival, we created opportunities for local students to engage in clinics, masterclasses, and performance opportunities with our world class artists.  Inspiring students with realities that they never knew existed before has made a difference in so many lives.

Moving forward, we will expand our educational outreach to reach a wide array of local students of all ages within our community before, during, and after the festival dates. From first-hand interactions with artists, to performances designed specifically for younger students, to specially priced tickets for students, to arts integration curriculum, our goals for education within our community are far-reaching.  

Through all these efforts, we will communicate the essence and cultural significance of jazz.  And of course, cultivating a new audience of active listeners is a wonderful by-product to opening minds through music.


The Tucson Jazz Fest has a long history of supporting Jazz Education and all of the members of the ensemble group here are products of educational programs and partnerships that we’ve supported since our inception, including the Fred Fox School of Music and the Tucson Jazz Institute.


Hailing from Tucson, Arizona, “AFTER HOURS” is just bursting with young up and coming talent. Filmed live at the Whistle Stop Depot, the combo lays down their arrangements and stylings around some familiar jazz standards.

The Band

Autumn Dominguez, sax, UA Alumni of Fred Fox School of Music
Anthony Gibes, trumpet, TJI Alumni, studied at UA Fred Fox
Jonathan Hines, piano, studied at UA Fred Fox
Colin McIlrath, bass, TJI Alumni & current student at UA Fred Fox
Kenji Ono, drums, TJI Alumni

Songs: 1. Social Call by Gigi Gryce  2. You Stepped Out of a Dream by Nacio Herb Brown

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