Jazz Performance and Education Centre

Jazz Education

JPEC educates audiences and students of all ages about the rich heritage of jazz, its great works and musicians, and the relationship between jazz and other disciplines.

Through performance. JPEC presents accessible performances by local and international jazz artists by always providing student pricing and by reaching out to communities in need with subsidized tickets. JPEC is determined to provide a welcoming environment for the community at large.

Through conversation. Selected performances feature special pre- or post-show events engaging the artist in conversation with the audience - taking questions, explaining their work and exchanging ideas. JPEC is dedicated to making the music and the music makers accessible and understood as well as appreciated.

Through workshops. Performing musicians present special daytime workshops for school groups and other groups within the community. Workshops examine the various components of jazz, from the roles of various instruments to the importance of improvisation to compositional elements and more.

Through master classes. JPEC partners with local post-secondary jazz programs to offer master classes with visiting musicians, providing invaluable access to some of the most important jazz artists working today.

Through volunteerism. Jazz students and members of the community have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing JPEC activities in a variety of capacities throughout the facility.

Through history. JPEC’s Archive Museum and Hall of Fame will help foster the appreciation of jazz by celebrating its greatest artists. The facility will display memorabilia, recordings and videos of Canadian and International jazz greats.