KJ Video


Education has been fundamental to Kuumbwa’s mission for more than 40 years, and our commitment to sharing with our community the history, theory and artistry of Jazz has grown stronger with each passing year. The professional jazz artists and educators who participate in our programs and talks enlighten players and listeners at every skill and interest level.

But Kuumbwa’s greatest passion remains to educate and inspire young people – the artists and audiences of the future. Kuumbwa’s educational legacy spans a broad spectrum across Santa Cruz County, from those learning to listen, to those learning to 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 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.

Watch this video to learn more about our Education Programs

Support Jazz Education

Our year round education programs are made possible by generous donations from our many contributors both individuals, businesses and the following Foundations and Agencies: David & Lucile Packard Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, David and Abigail Kaun Fund, Redtree Partners and The Bill Graham Memorial Fund. Thank you!