Minnesota Jazz Education works with various agencies and artists to provide, support and promote a wide variety of jazz workshops and related jazz education experiences. Partners include the High School for Recording Arts, Schubert Club, MacPhail Center for Music, Walker West Music Academy and Metro Area schools.

Stay tuned for future workshop announcements.

2019 Improvisation Workshop

Saturday, November 9 10-2pm at Central High School. Lunch Provided. FREE – Space is limited. As of Nov. 5, all drummer spots are filled.

Minnesota Jazz Education (MJE) invites local high school-aged jazz players to participate in an improv workshop. A variety of activities are planned, including improv clinic, combo intensives and a master class for each instrument. Clinicians include Lauren Husting, (trombone), Stephanie Wieseler (saxophone), Omar Abdulkarim, (trumpet), Tasha Baron (piano), Liz Draper (bass), Beth Varela (drums).

This workshops is for combos and individual players that meet the requirements (below). Space is limited to four combos. Participants will be accepted via email confirmation on a first come, first served basis.

Combo Eligibility:

All participants must be enrolled in high school, with previous experience playing jazz
Players can either submit as part of a combo, or as an individual player
All combos must have full instrumentation at workshop (minimum 3 pieces, preferably 4 or more)
Combo can be new to playing with each other–OR–be already formed
Combos and individuals should bring one or two tunes they’d like to work on

To secure a spot, please fill out this registration form:

With questions, please contact MJE Program Coordinator, Katia Cardenas at This program is made possible by a STAR Grant from the City of St. Paul.