Jazz Education Inc. was founded in 1970 by the now-deceased Bubbha Thomas. The mission of Jazz Education Inc. is to provide a unique cultural experience that exposes Houstonians and visitors to jazz music and help preserve the art. It fills a void within music education among under-served youth and has raised nearly $5 million since its inception for this purpose.
Jazz Education Inc. promotes broad-based positive community impact through a number of programs, ranging from a five-week intensive summer camp for young musicians to an annual International Jazz Festival, which is celebrating 30 years and features artists from around the world.
Donations, sponsors, and volunteers are always appreciated, especially to help out with the Houston International Jazz Festival weekend.
The Houston International Jazz Festival is July 30-August 1, followed by the Jazz Scholarship Brunch on August 2. There is also a holiday jazz concert in December.