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Jazz Power Initiative – Transforming Lives Through Jazz Arts Education


To ignite the power of jazz arts education and transform lives by fostering self-expression, leadership, collaboration, and diversity.

Located in Washington Heights/Inwood, JPI was founded in 2003 as a non-profit to serve middle school students with opportunities to perform original jazz musicals. Since then we have expanded our work to reach over 2500 young people and their families around the U.S. and across the world with transformational jazz experiences in music, dance, and theatre.

Today, Jazz Power Initiative offers a unique, holistic and highly effective approach to jazz education, performance, audience and community building that develops life-skills through active listening, empathic communication, and cross-cultural and cross-generational collaboration

Jazz Power Initiative provides this experience to over 400 youth each year in Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood through scholarships, private lessons, in-school and after-school workshops in music, dance and theatre at United Palace in Washington Heights. JPI also produces 15-20 concerts annually, including the popular monthly series Intergenerational Jazz Jam at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem. In addition, JPI offers our Jazz Power Institute each summer at Lehman College in the Bronx, with training to artists and teachers at no charge to develop their skills teaching jazz across the curriculum.

Jazz Power Initiative Supporters:

New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA)
New York City Council, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez
The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation
The Hispanic Federation
Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA)
Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ)
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)
The Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
The Valentine Museum

Get in Touch!
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Your tax-deductible contribution will assist our efforts to transform and empower kids through jazz and musical theater. Donate now.

A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.


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