Since 1994, NMJW has positively affected the lives of over 100,000 local youth through quality music education programming.

Questions? Please Contact: Mara Starr-Newman
Email [email protected]

What is Roots of Jazz?

Going into its 21st year, Roots of Jazz is a one-hour assembly designed to teach students about the origins of jazz music.

Musician and music educator, Frank Leto, backed by a jazz quartet and a dancer, keeps audiences wide-eyed with lively demonstrations of music from Africa, Cuba, Brazil, and the United States. The music is neatly woven into a fabric of historical narrative, highlighting the cultural blending that has made jazz such a uniquely American art form.

How do students experience Roots of Jazz?

On a first-come first-serve basis, we schedule 10 free assemblies throughout the academic year.

We have served almost every Albuquerque Public Elementary School over our history, but we encourage schools that have never hosted the presentation or haven't scheduled it in a while to give us a call.

How do I bring Roots of Jazz to my school?

Contact our Education Coordinator, Mara Starr-Newman, at [email protected].


roots of jazz

Jazz Camp (for grades 7 to 12)


Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–12:00 pm

Tuition: $450
Session Date: TBD
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM Monday - Friday | Final performance on the last day

If you’re interested in learning how to play jazz, then Jazz Camp is for you!

The New Mexico Jazz Workshop’s popular camp will build campers' jazz playing and improvisational skills in a supportive, engaging environment.

At Jazz Camp, you can build your skills and confidence in soloing and music theory. The small group size allows for lots of individual attention. Students will apply theoretical concepts through improvisation, interpretation, arranging, and soloing. Jazz Camp is a great way to improve your skills, make new friends and have a fun time.

Classes are divided by skill level and prior jazz experience is not required. Students are eligible to attend Jazz Camp if they have a minimum of 1 year experience playing an instrument and proficiency with scales. Percussionists must be able to keep rhythm.

For more information contact Mara at [email protected].