All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Javier Arau

Javier Arau Javier Arau

Internationally acclaimed saxophonist and composer Javier Arau made his national debut at age 14, conducting the Florida State University Wind Ensemble in a Washington, D.C. performance of his symphonic composition, Second Wind. By age 15, he had opened his own private music studio in his hometown of Sacramento, California, teaching saxophone, clarinet, and piano to local musicians, and writing theme and incidental music for local and syndicated radio. By the time Javier had graduated high school, he had significant experience as a composer and jazz saxophonist, having toured the world with various ensembles, including the Monterey High School All- Star Jazz Band, traded fours with Dizzy Gillespie on the main stage of the Monterey Jazz Festival, appeared as a guest artist on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club, and more.

Javier enrolled at Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in theory-composition and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. While at Lawrence, he intensively pursued four musical interests: classical composition (with Allen Gimbel), jazz composition (with Ken Schaphorst), jazz saxophone (with Tom Washatka and Woody Mankowski) and classical saxophone (with Steven Jordheim). As a member of the LU honors saxophone quartet, he won first place in the MTNA National Collegiate Chamber Music Competition. He also received Down Beat Student Music Awards in both jazz composition and jazz saxophone. At age 19, his transcription and analysis of Joe HendersonÕs Grammy award-winning solo on “Lush Life” was published in IAJE's Jazz Educators Journal.

Read more


Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


I have taught music for over 17 years and have published several articles and books on jazz, improvisation, fundamentals of music, and more. I have taught at the world's leading music institutions, but I still very much enjoy teaching beginners and more experienced players. Please call 718-426-0633 for hours and rates. Thank you! Let's make some music!



Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.