Founded in 2003, Friends of Jazz at UCLA is a UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Support Group dedicated to providing an academic and musical environment that fosters and nurtures future jazz musicians who will inspire us all by:

  • Supporting the growing needs of the UCLA Jazz Studies program with respect to student support, workshops, lecturers, and masterclasses.
  • Sponsoring musical events to benefit jazz studies.
  • Supporting outreach to secondary school students to raise awareness of jazz.
  • Improving knowledge of UCLA and its extraordinary educational resources including its Jazz Studies program.
  • Providing more positive exposure and public awareness of jazz as a unique American art form.

Friends of Jazz at UCLA is housed at UCLA and partners with other groups to enhance the study of jazz. Our mission is to provide financial support and other resources to advance the study of jazz and to enhance the Kenny Burrell Music Archive at UCLA.