The New Orleans Jazz Institute is a partnership between NOJO and the University of New Orleans (UNO) that links UNO’s strengths in Jazz education with NOJO’s professional and performance expertise. NOJI provides year-round music education and training for children ages 8-17, and serves to promote creative excellence and best practices in Jazz composition, performance, scholarship, importation, exportation and education. Through NOJI, we are able to ensure that the rich musical heritage of New Orleans not only continues but advances.

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NOJI hosts an annual "BubbleQ" fundraiser, featuring premium champagnes from Glazer's Distributors of Louisiana and "Haute Cuisine Barbecue" cooked up by New Orleans' finest restaurants and chefs. 2013 Photo Gallery2012 Photo Gallery2011 Photo Gallery2010 Photo Gallery


Spearheaded by NOJI in 2009, Saturday Music School’s mission is to support and redefine music education in New Orleans by offering a free, comprehensive and diverse music education experience to our city’s youth. SMS is designed for students, ages 8 to 17, currently enrolled in 17 schools in the Greater New Orleans area. Each semester, the program offers ensemble and small group instruction in Jazz band, strings, piano, and voice. Each ensemble's curriculum is developed to encompass history, theory and performance techniques in Jazz, Classical and World Music. Throughout the year, student ensembles are featured in recitals and local festivals and events.

Auditions: Saturday, January 25th, 9-10am

Contact Katie DeBruhl for information, or 504.913.0575.


Project Prodigy is a summer music camp for New Orleans public school students in 4th-8th grades that enriches musical skills and nourishes an appreciation of the arts. The camp is led by seven instructors, all of whom are professional music teachers in Orleans Parish Public Schools. In addition, local musicians provide hands-on demonstrations, and - throughout the year - students can participate in a series of field trips focused on the culture of New Orleans music. The camp runs from June through mid-July, ending with a concert for friends and family. The one-time enrollment fee is $50.

Summer 2014 Dates: Registration May 31 & June 7 ~ Camp June 9 - July 3


NOJI is excited to host a Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival (EE) at the University of New Orleans (UNO).


Each semester, NOJI commissions Jazz music based on certain themes. The music is created by Steve Masakowski, the Coca-Cola Endowed Chair and Director of Jazz Studies; and NOJO members Victor Atkins, the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Music, and Ed Petersen, Associate Chair of the Department of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies.

  • Spring 2010: Thelonious Monk, Antonio Carlos Jobim & Chicago's Tenor Masters
  • Fall 2010: Jazz interpretations of the 2010 New Orleans Opera season
  • Spring 2011: New Orleans Jazz Masters Ellis Marsalis, James Black and Harold Battiste
  • Fall 2011: William Faulkner, Dr. Seuss & A Confederacy of Dunces (Photo Gallery)
  • Spring 2012: Spirituals & Spirituality
  • Fall 2012: The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, & Stevie Wonder
  • Spring 2013: Big Band Arrangements - the music of New Orleans Jazz Masters Ellis Marsalis, James Black and Harold Battiste
  • Fall 2013: A Rhyme & A song - based on the poetry of Louisiana State Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon,  United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey,  and The Poetry Foundation's Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt


"New Orleans as Discourse" is a 14-week course at The University of New Orleans that allows participating students the ability to interview professionals and icons in the New Orleans cultural community (Art, Humanities and Music) about their areas of expertise. Find out more >>


Each semester, UNO Professor of Professional Practice and Grammy Award winner Irvin Mayfield hosts an on-campus lecture focusing on topics such as art, literacy, and the development of great ideas. Past events have involved community leaders such as New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Stephen Perry, Urban League of Greater New Orleans President and CEO Nolan Rollins, and UNO President Peter Fos.


NOJI is in the development stages of a Jazz Archive honoring the Jazz Masters of New Orleans.


Through NOJI and the Capital One-New Beginnings Charter Schools Network, NOJO is designing a Jazz Curriculum that was initially taught to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. The curriculum examines the sounds of Jazz, contributors to Jazz and Jazz instruments.


"Music Inside Out" is a look at the music of New Orleans and its influence around the world. Each class at The University of New Orleans features a live performance and interview with a local musician or band. Find out more >>

NOJI Leadership

  • Dr. Kevin Graves, Interim Dean of Liberal Arts, University of New Orleans
  • Irvin Mayfield, Director, New Orleans Jazz Institute
  • Dr. Corey Hebert, Chairman, NOJI Advisory Board
  • Ronald Markham, President & CEO, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
  • Stephanie Mayne, Chief of Staff, NOJO & NOJI



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