Education has been fundamental to Kuumbwa’s mission since its founding in 1975. Our commitment to sharing the history, theory and artistry of jazz with our community has grown stronger with each passing year. The professional jazz artists and educators who participate in our programs enlighten players and listeners at every skill and interest level.
Kuumbwa’s greatest passion remains to educate and inspire young people – the artists and audiences of the future. Our educational legacy spans a broad spectrum across Santa Cruz County, from those learning to listen and play, to the growing ranks of young musicians whose professional careers have taken wing on the tutelage of their dedicated Kuumbwa teachers and mentors.
Kuumbwa remains steadfast in its promise to our entire community and especially to our young people: as long as there is a Kuumbwa there will be an open chair, an encouraging ear, and a wealth of opportunities to learn about the thrilling creativity and limitless possibility that is jazz.