Inspiring the next generation
Our mission is to influence the discovery and celebration of live jazz performance and music education through community engagement anchored by a world-class jazz festival in downtown Tucson.
We believe that music is a lifeblood and delivers immeasurable benefits. Jazz music can play an important role in inspiring a generation of lifelong learners to create, explore, and be inspired.
Tucson Jazz Festival Education Programs provide opportunities to students of all ages, teachers, and families, especially in underserved communities. Participants within our community are enriched through the many diverse facets of our education programming.
Executive Director, Khris Dodge is a former public high school educator as well as professionally trained musician. He also serves as the Conductor, Music Director of the Tucson Pops Orchestra. Thus, he is uniquely qualified to vision and lead Tucson Jazz Education program initiatives
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.
Executive Director Khris Dodge:
“The Tucson Jazz Festival and I share a deep commitment to education. Not only do we support music programs at the University of Arizona, but we also support the Tucson Jazz Institute, and in this last year have expanded our reach within the community. A great example is a matinee performance at Fox Theater for elementary students during the 2023 Festival that combined Jazz and Shakespeare. Thanks to a generous sponsor, we were also able to send an entire school, Utterback Middle, to this performance as well. Over 1,000 students total were reached through this unique performance.
More is planned for the future as we extend our reach in education. I invite you and our entire community to be part of it.”