The Tucson Jazz Music Foundation, in addition to providing tuition and travel scholarships to individual students, sponsors students’ travel expenses to jazz festivals and competitions across this country. We also sponsor guest artists to present workshops, mentor students, and participate in recording projects with students of the Tucson Jazz Institute. These events are always free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of our donors.
2020 Guest Artist: $850 funded Guest Director Cynthia Hilts for the Girls Jazzin’ It Up Combo Video: Mad Girls Swing (Cynthia composed this piece special for the girls), Alex Weitz for video editing/engineering of the TJI Covid Combo (quartet pictured below) performing Have You Met Miss Jones, directed by Scott Black, plus private lessons for a few Tucson Jazz Institute students.
$1500 for the Joe Bourne CD Recording Project Residency (music of Nat King Cole), May 2019, thanks to the generosity of The Seldin Family, 5151 E Broadway in Tucson, Kent Circle Partners, and Seldin Real Estate, Inc. To purchase the CD Orange Colored Sky, visit https://www.tucsonjazzinstitute.org/CDs.html
$600 for the LeBoeuf Brothers clinic and performance (quarter) (open to the public), April 2019, at the Tucson Jazz Institute / Utterback Middle School Auditorium. You can watch excerpts here.
$1200 for Nat “King” Cole School Shows (Amphitheater, TUSD and Sunnyside school districts) featuring vocals by Joe Bourne, with musicians Scott Black/bass, Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky/piano, and Matt Mitchell/guitar. Photo below: Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Magnet School (Sunnyside District), May 2019.
$2025 for Guest Director Mary Petrich (Phoenix) of the first Girls Jazzin’ It Up 3-week free, all-girls, jazz intensive in June in partnership with the Pima Community College Performing Arts Department, Tucson. Esme Martin was the guest pianist (Tucson Jazz Institute alum) at the performance, Pima Community College Center for the Performing Arts Proscenium Theatre, West Campus. All the girls received a Certificate of Completion.
2019 Travel: $5000 Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Festival & Competition, Monterey, California. Tucson Jazz Institute Concord Combo placed 1st, Conglomerate High School Division, and performed in the Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2019. Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Big Band placed 3rd, Conglomerate High School Division.
2018 Guest Artists: $1700 for the Dennis Rowland CD Recording Project Residency, May 2018, thanks to the generosity of The Seldin Family, 5151 E Broadway in Tucson, Kent Circle Partners, and Seldin Real Estate, Inc. Photo: Dennis pictured with TJI Ellington Band pianist Esme Martin. The CD Everyday I Have The Blues may be purchased here.
$475 Russell Schmidt clinic with the TJI Ellington Big Band, December 16, 2018.
2018 Travel: $13,634 total to the NAU Jazz Festival in Flagstaff and NYC for the 23rd Essentially Ellington High School Big Band Competition & Festival.
2017 Guest Artists: $4500 for the Marcus Printup CD Recording Project Residency, May 27-29, 2017, thanks to the generosity of The Seldin Family, 5151 E Broadway in Tucson, Kent Circle Partners, and Seldin Real Estate, Inc.
$1000 for the clinic and performance by the Emmet Cohen Trio, October 26, 2017, at Pima Community College Center for the Performing Arts, Recital Hall.
Here’s a video clip of the Q&A session with Printup at the recording session on Sunday, May 27, 2017:
2017 Travel: $30,182 total to the Jazz Educators Network Conference in New Orleans, NAU Jazz Festival in Flagstaff, the Next Generation Jazz Festival & Competition in Monterey CA, the 22nd Essentially Ellington Festival & Competition in NYC, and the Prescott Jazz Summit in Prescott AZ.
2016 Guest Artists: $3500 total for the Jimmy Heath CD Recording Project Residency, May 28-29, 2016, thanks to the generosity of The Seldin Family, 5151 E Broadway in Tucson, Kent Circle Partners, and Seldin Real Estate, Inc.
Here’s a clip of the Q&A session with Heath at the recording session on Sunday, May 29, 2017:
2016 Travel: $15,831 total to the 21st Essentially Ellington Festival and Competition in NYC
2015 Guest Artists: $1350 total for Ron Carter, Kenny Rampton, Walter Blanding and Sherman Irby
2015 Travel: $3350 total to the 20th Essentially Ellington Festival and Competition in NYC, the Next Generation Jazz Festival and Competition in Monterey CA, and the Highland/ASU Jazz Festival in Phoenix
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SPONSOR A STUDENT
If you would like to sponsor a student for the school year/calendar year, please email email@example.com for details on tuition and other expenses. Sponsorship can range from $1000-$3000, depending on the level of the student and travel obligations.