J.B. Dyas, Ph.D.
    VP, Education and Curriculum Development, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
    office: (310) 206-9501





Dr. JB Dyas has been a leader in jazz education for the past two decades. Formerly the Executive Director of the Brubeck Institute, Dyas currently serves as Vice President for Education and Curriculum Development for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He oversees the Institute’s education and outreach programs including Jazz In America: The National Jazz Curriculum (, one of the most significant and wide-reaching jazz education programs in the world. Throughout his career, he has performed across the country, taught students at every level, directed large and small ensembles, and developed and implemented new jazz curricula. He has served on the Smithsonian Institution’s Task Force for Jazz Education in America and has presented numerous jazz workshops, teacher-training seminars, and jazz "informances" around the globe with such renowned artists as Dave Brubeck and Herbie Hancock. In addition, Dyas has written for DownBeat magazine and other national music publications, and contributed the chapter on Jazz Pedagogy to the biography, David Baker - A Legacy in Music. He also teaches every summer at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop. Dyas recently introduced his “What is Jazz and Why It’s Important to the World” lecture for International Jazz Day in Osaka, Japan. He also has made a series of teacher-training jazz education videos, which can be found online at A professional bassist, Dyas has appeared with Jamey Aebersold, David Baker, Jerry Bergonzi, Red Rodney, Ira Sullivan, and Bobby Watson, among others. He received his Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami and PhD in Music Education from Indiana University, and is a recipient of the DownBeat Achievement Award for Jazz Education.