We are a non-profit organization registered in New Mexico. We are in the process of applying for 501 (c)3 tax exemption.

Our Mission

The Youth Jazz Collaborative provides instruction in small-group jazz improvisation technique to music students in the Greater Albuquerque area aged 12-18, free of charge.

Jazz improvisation is more than simply "playing what you feel." To be able to spontaneously create excellent melodies and harmonies on standard repertoire in the jazz idiom, one needs a foundation of knowledge in music theory and many hours of listening and practice.  We provide that foundation of knowledge, and create regular performance opportunities for young musicians to practice their jazz skills in front of a live audience.


Photography provided by Mitch Tillison

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To help fund our projects, please write a check to Youth Jazz Collaborative and mail to

1032 Stanford Drive, NE, Albuquerque, 87106


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

A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.
— Benny Green