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 more. 

Stay tuned for future workshop announcements. 

2019 Improvisation Workshop

Saturday, November 9 10-2pm at Central High School. Lunch Provided. FREE

Minnesota Jazz Education (MJE) invites local high school-aged jazz combos 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 that meet the requirements (below); not for individual players. Space is limited to four combos. Combos and will be accepted via email confirmation on a first come, first served basis. 

Combo Eligibility:

  • All combo members must be in high school, and can attend the different schools  
  • All combos must have full instrumentation at workshop (minimum 3 pieces, preferably 4 or more, though not a big-band)
  • Combo can be new to playing with each other–OR–be already formed
  • Musicians may only play with one participating combo
  • Combos should bring one or two tunes they’d like to work on 

To secure a spot for your combo, please contact MJE Program Coordinator, Katia Cardenas at, with the names and instruments of all players in your combo. This program is made possible by a STAR Grant from the City of St. Paul.