Teaching the art of Jazz Improvisation to the next generation.

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School-age music students meet weekly in Albuquerque, New Mexico to learn how to improvise over chord changes in the style and tradition of legendary jazz artists such as Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis. Collaboration between dedicated parents, instructors, and members of the musical community has made this possible. Our ongoing mission is to provide young musicians with the opportunity to gain mastery of this uniquely American art form. Find out how you can help.

All photography provided by Mitch Tillison



Find out about our organization, mission, methods, and results. Calendar of events, rehearsal locations, and more.

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To help fund our projects or make a tax-exempt donation, please write a check with the notation “Youth Jazz” in the notation of the check and mail to:

African American Performing Arts Center - or- AAPAC for short

ATT: Annette Caine
African American Performing Arts Center Foundation
310 San Pedro Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM  87108


Click the Donate button at the top of each page, and help support youth jazz education in New Mexico.  Thank you.





Upcoming Events

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Past Events

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Free Concert and Fundraiser

Saturday, June 16, 1-4 PM
Barnes & Nobel at Coronado Mall

6600 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Do your Father's Day shopping and enjoy free music from the Youth Jazz Collaborative! We will be there from 1-4 PM playing classic jazz and jazzy Disney tunes from Jungle Book, Aristocats, "When you Wish Upon a Star". Come hear some talented kids on flute, saxophone, trumpet!

Then help us fundraise as you check out by telling them our “Book Fair” ID number is 12385076. Online shopping will help us through June 21.

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YJC on The Children's Hour Radio Show

Saturday, June 23, 9-10AM

Hear our story on The Children's Hour radio show on KUNM. Listen to the kids play some classic jazz and Disney tunes. 




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Mel Torme's Coming Home, Baby!   From the Friday Night Family Jam at Talking Drums.