photo credit: Kenneth Hamblin III

Who we are...

The Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts is a unique 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth to creatively express themselves through the language of jazz. CCJA gives musicians of all ages life-changing musical experiences through mentorship by the region’s most sought-after professional jazz musicians. Our students experience personal and artistic growth through participation in small groups, big bands, vocal ensembles, jazz instruction camps, jam sessions, clinics, community performances, and much more. To learn more about our organization's roots and mission, visit out our "About Us" page.

Joey Pearlman Original Music Festival - August 21, 2021

Joey Pearlman, CCJA alumnus, and beloved member of our Colorado jazz community, tragically passed away a few months ago. A generous donor came forward and gave us the seed money to start a fund to give our local musicians a chance to compose and record music in his honor. Ten bands went into the studio and recorded last Spring, and now we want to share this exciting project with the community. 

Line Up

11:00am ~ Rico Jones Group (with Michael D'Angelo, Alex Heffron, Tom Amend and Gabe Rupe)

11:45am ~ Daryl Gott Group (with Tom Amend, Greg Harris, Dru Heller, Gabriel Mervine)

12:30pm ~ Jean-Luc Davis Group (with Jack Dunlevie, Kevin Matthews, Gabriel Mervine, Peter Sommer)

1:15pm ~ Stevie Pearlman Group (with Alex Heffron, Ike Spivak, Rocco Williams, Jean-Luc Davis, Joe Anderies)

2:00pm ~ Colin Stranahan Group (with Camilla Vaitaitis, Patrick McDevitt, Anisha Rush)

2:45pm ~ Ben Thompson Group (with Jonathan Zimny, Ike Spivak, Matteo Bassani, Gonzalo Teppa, Michael D’Angelo)

3:30pm ~ Sonya Walker Group (members TBA)

4:15pm ~ Camilla Vaitaitis Group (with Anisha Rush, Matteo Bassani and more TBA)

5:00pm ~ Gabe Rupe Group (with Max Moore, Paul Romaine, Chris Ferrari)

5:45pm ~ Keith Oxman Group (with Jeff Jenkins, Gonzolo Teppa, Todd Reid)

Fall 2021 Small Group Session
begins the week of August 23 

Middle school and high school students rehearse, connect, and perform with like-minded peers under the mentorship of the region's top professional jazz musicians in the CCJA Small Group Program. Students on any instrument or ability level are welcome! This fall, we are offering groups in Denver, Boulder, and Longmont.

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CCJA Has A New Home with MSU - Westword Feature

Read about our new Denver headquarters!

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9News Denver Feature - May 2020


Merch Store

Proceeds from our merchandise go directly back into our youth music educational programming. Plus, they make you stylish!

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