Our Mission:

To promote and facilitate the growth of jazz through education and performance of jazz music.


What does CAJ do?


We manage all aspects of the All-State Honor Jazz Ensembles, vocal and big band.


We select all performance groups and clinic sessions at CASMEC.


We provide the Jazz Tune Up Clinics to improve and foster performance of jazz in elementary through college level groups.


We provide How To’s of techniques and styles that can help improve your ensemble’s performance.

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Our Purpose:

Foster and promote the understanding and appreciation of jazz and its artistic performance.

Lend assistance and guidance in the organization and development of jazz and popular music curricula in schools and colleges to include instrumental and vocal ensembles of all types and sizes.

Foster the application of jazz principles to music materials and methods at all levels of education both public and private.

Disseminate educational and professional news of interest to music educators.

Assist in the organization of conferences, clinics, festivals, and symposiums.

Cooperate with all organizations dedicated to the development of musical culture.

Recognize those who contribute to jazz education and to the evolution of the music in our state.


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Gain access to California's top jazz education events, the top clinicians/adjudicators the west coast has to offer, practical advice from the pros and a chance to connect with others who love jazz as much as you do.