The Summer Advanced Institute will challenge you to approach jazz with a holistic understanding of its history and development. You'll work closely with faculty in small ensembles, masterclasses, and group discussion. You'll hone your leadership skills and expand your love for the many styles of Jazz - New Orleans, Jazz Age, Swing, Bebop, and Free. The institute ends with a live performance for friends and family that will be recorded for radio airing on KNKX 88.5 FM.

Program Details

Monday, August 19 - Friday, August 23
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, daily
Performance: Friday, August 23, 3:00-4:00 PM at the Rainier Arts Center—3515 Rainier Ave S (map). Camp ends at 2:00 PM, students should head to the venue immediately after. JazzED connot provide student transport, so please plan ahead. KNKX 88.5 FM will be there to record the concert for a later airing. This event is free, friends and family welcome!

Riley Mulherkar, Roxy Coss and Marina Albero, see bios below.

MLK FAME Community Center, 3201 E Republican St, Seattle WA 98112

We are committed to this program being financially accessible for ALL families. You select the tuition amount that works for you. Your tuition payment helps cover the cost of renting class space and paying our educators a fair wage, as well as classroom supplies, sheet music, etc.

  • $525, do not enter any code

  • $450, enter code FOURFIFTY

  • $375, enter code THREESEVENTYFIVE

  • $250, enter code TWOFIFTY

  • $125, enter code ONETWENTYFIVE

You will have the option of entering a sliding scale tuition code on the registration check-out page. Be sure to select the payment plan option if you want to break your payments up. Please note you will also have the option of paying your chosen amount in full if you prefer.  

If you'd like to pay a DIFFERENT sliding scale amount than the options here OR get a FULL TUITION WAIVER (no questions asked), fill out our easy online form, and we'll send you a custom tuition code. 

Have questions about how this works? Contact us and we'll get right back to you!

You can also read our cancellation policy (recommended).

Open to jazz instrumentalists going into grades 10-12. Students must have technical command of their instrument, as well as elementary improvisation experience or a basic knowledge of music theory (i.e. familiarity with major scales and 12-bar blues form).

Interested students going into 9th grade are required to send audition tape of themselves playing a blues melody and 1-2 choruses of improvisation in any key, no accompaniment required. Suggested tunes included "Now's The Time," "Billie's Bounce," and "Sonny Moon For Two." You may email your audition (video link or audio file taken on a cell phone is totally acceptable) to kelly@seattlejazzed.org.

Registration is closed. You can enter your chosen sliding scale tuition code (listed above) on the final check-out page. You should receive a confirmation email from our registration system Active.com.

2019 Music Faculty


Riley Mulherkar

Riley Mulherkar has been recognized as a “smart young trumpet player” by The New York Times and praised by The Wall Street Journal as a “youngster to keep an eye on.” As a bandleader, Riley is a founding member of The Westerlies, a new music brass quartet that has premiered over 50 new works since its inception in 2011, creating the rarest of hybrids: music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music).

As a musical director, Riley has worked with a number of leading artists of our time, including NEA Jazz Masters Wynton Marsalis and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Riley also serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at The Joye in Aiken Festival, bringing leading young musicians, actors and dancers to the historic city of Aiken, South Carolina.

Born and raised in Seattle, Riley moved to New York in 2010 to study at The Juilliard School, where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 and his Master’s in 2015, receiving the Knowles Prize for Jazz and the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. He is also an inaugural recipient of Juilliard’s Marks Fellowship. In 2011, Riley was named a “rising jazz artist” by Wynton Marsalis in JET magazine, and in 2014 was the first recipient of the Laurie Frink Career Grant at the Festival of New Trumpet Music.

Riley is actively engaged in educational outreach, founding the music program at stART Osceola, a summer arts intensive in Florida, where he taught for five years. He has facilitated master classes in Brazil, Mexico, and across the United States.

Photo by desmond white

Photo by desmond white

Roxy Coss

Roxy Coss has become one of the most unique and innovative Saxophonists on the scene. Winner of a 2016 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, the Downbeat Critics’ Poll listed her as a "Rising Star" on Soprano Saxophone the past five years in a row, and a Downbeat Magazine review called her "An exceptional young talent”. Originally from Seattle, and a fixture on the New York scene for over ten years, she has headlined extensively around the world, including major festivals and venues like the Newport Jazz Festival, Melbourne Big Band Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, The Jazz Standard, and Jazz Showcase, among others.

Her band, the Roxy Coss Quintet, has held residencies at New York City clubs including SMOKE Jazz Club and Club Bonafide, appears frequently around NYC, and tours nationally. Roxy was a featured guest musician on the television show Harry in 2017. She is also the Founder of Women In Jazz Organization (WIJO), and serves on the Board of Directors of Jazz Education Network (JEN).

Roxy picked up the saxophone at age nine, and fell in love with Jazz by eleven, playing in her middle school jazz band under the tutelage of Robert Knatt. Roxy graduated in 2004 from Garfield High School, where she toured and performed internationally with the world-renowned GHS Jazz Ensemble, led by Clarence Acox. Roxy went on to attend William Paterson University, where she graduated on a full scholarship Magna Cum Laude in 2008, with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies/Performance. In 2011, she was chosen to participate in both the prestigious Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Residency Workshop at the Kennedy Center, and the acclaimed Steans Institute Jazz Program at the Ravinia Festival, where she worked closely with Rufus Reid, Curtis Fuller, Nathan Davis, George Cables, and David Baker.

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Marina Albero

Born into the family band Grallers de Banyoles-Estampida Medieval, Marina Albero has been steeped in the sounds of Barcelona since childhood. As a young girl, extensive training in percussion and piano in both Spain and Cuba sent her on the road to early achievement and success. Albero played European festivals and was awarded the annual prize for talented youth in Brussels.

Marina has collaborated on recording projects with players like Silvio Rodríguez, and tours in Catalonia, Spain, and Portugal with the band Barnhabana, conducted by Grammy winner Barbarito Torres. Currently, Marina performs in flamenco shows with renowned dancers and companies, including the Ballet Nacional De España. 

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