“For decades Justin DiCioccio has been inspiring and educating young musicians with his irrepressible enthusiasm and love for jazz.  No matter what jazz festival in the world you attend, the odds are you will hear multiple former students of Mr. D, killin’ it! – with that same irrepressible love and enthusiasm.”

Marcus Miller - Bassist/producer

“There’s hardly a more experienced musician and educator that Justin DiCioccio.  I’ve enjoyed watching him conduct many groups, and have watched scores of his students move on to wonderful careers of their own.  His tireless, passionate, intelligent and spirited dedication are a gift to the jazz world.”

Maria Schneider - Composer/Arranger

“JD is the epitome of the contemporary artist as pedagogue, conductor, educator and most of all, a human being who really cares about his people and the art form itself.”

Dave Liebman - NEA Jazz master/saxophonist/educator

“Justin is one of the premier musician/educators on the world jazz scene. He knows the music inside and out, and puts every drop of passion and dedication into everything he does”.

Bob Mintzer - Saxophonist/composer/arranger/educator

“Justin DiCioccio has advanced more young talent (in every possible aspect of jazz) than anyone I know.”

Dick Oatts - Saxophonist/composer/educator

“Justin DiCioccio is not only a great, reliable and creative conductor, but a key figure in contemporary music education scene.”

Paquito D'Rivera - NEA Jazz Master/saxophonist/clarinetist

“JD-He’s one bad mo-fo!” Well, maybe I’ll tone it down a bit and send it to you later.”

Jim McNeely - Pianist/composer/arranger/educator

“It is possible that Justin is amongst THE most influential leaders in this music having touched and changed the lives of countless musicians.  We are the better for your genius.”

Arturo O’Farrill - Pianist/composer/bandleader/educator

“Justin DiCioccio is the ultimate jazz educator. If he can’t make you swing, no one can!”

Bobby Sanabria - Percussionist/Educator

“Justin DiCioccio is one of the most experienced and inspiring teachers I know. “

John Riley - Drummer/educator

“No one has more passion for and dedication to jazz education and the great spirit of swing than J.D.  He continues to inspire young musicians around the globe.”

Rich DeRosa - Director of Jazz Composition and Arranging, UNT

“In my decade working for him, Justin has been the powerhouse that makes the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Program as great as it is! He is one of the best communicators I have known.”

Scott Wendholt - Trumpet/performer/educator

“Decades of experience helping young people reach their musical potential” “Justin has a way of bringing out the best in everyone he works with.”

Kate McGarry - Vocalist/educator

“Justin DiCioccio is a unique treasure – as an educator, musician, curriculum architect and communicator, he stands alone.”

Jimmy Greene - Saxophonist/composer/educator

“If you have students who want to learn how to perform and think in the JAZZ tradition there is no better educator than Justin DiCioccio. He has been proving himself in any educational situation for many, many years.”

Jimmy Owens - Trumpeter. Educator, NEA Jazz Master

“Justin DiCioccio is a legend in jazz education. I can’t think of anyone who inspires young musicians with more passion, enthusiasm and dedication than Justin.”

Jay Anderson - Bassist/educator

“Mr. DiCioccio may be the most dedicated and effective Jazz educator I’ve ever experienced. I, as well as a large population of active and innovative jazz musicians in today’s field are living proof of his education acumen.”

Luis Bonilla - Bach-Selmer Artist

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