I feel that the Washington Jazz Arts Institute has a positive effect on everyone involved with it. Whether a person is here to learn, or just enjoy good jazz, it’s a great place to be. As a trombone player, I have improved in many ways, but mostly as a better overall musician. It was this program that inspired me to move from Michigan to Washington so that I could attend the Duke Ellington School of the Arts with hopes to continue what I’ve started. I feel more at home here, around music, than anywhere else.

Jared Jones – 17