Mission statement: The Milwaukee Jazz Institute promotes jazz through education and performance, which we believe builds awareness of this art form’s ability to transform lives and strengthen our community. It is also why MJI seeks to expand and diversify the local jazz audience and create opportunities for professional and aspiring musicians.
Primary focus: We present concerts year-round at venues throughout the Milwaukee area. Performances this fall will feature MJI’s resident ensemble We Six, international trumpet and vocal star Benny Benack III, the acclaimed trio of Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart, and more. In addition, MJI monthly residencies at the Jazz Estate, Bar Centro and the Jazz Gallery feature faculty performances, student recitals and community jazz jam sessions. Educational opportunities for youth and adults include weekly ensembles, online improvisation and theory courses, Jazz Circle events (free and open to the public), an annual educational jazz festival and summer camps.
Employee count: Two staff members and 15 faculty artists