NEXT GENERATION JAZZ - YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS
(Music Education Workshops, Summer Jazz Camp, Instrument Bank)
Blue Jay Jazz Foundation education programs provide jazz education scholarships, awards, instruments and live performance opportunities for exceptional and talented students and performers; presents year-round in-school music workshops, provides support for low-income youth and families to attend and participate in music and cultural events within the community that would otherwise be unavailable due to limited resources. Our programs encourage parents/guardians to expose children to new and different forms of music, while sharing quality time together. In addition, we serve a broad based general audience of mountain residents and visitors.
Blue Jay Jazz Foundation Next Generation Jazz Scholarship testimonials:
“Thanks to the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation, our son went from a ‘nervous’ horn player in 2007 to a confident, accomplished jazz saxophonist at USC’s Thornton School of Music.” --- Deborah parent and co-founder of ReimagingMusic.com.
“My Next Generation Jazz scholarship was like Miracle Whip® on a sandwich; it tied everything together. The master classes gave me the confidence I needed to emancipate from foster care.” --- Claude, UCLA
“To many, San Manuel is Indian gaming. To me their charitable donations to organizations like the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation is access to college.” --- Josh Phillips, 2011 Scholarship Recipient
“I was born blind. I’m excited about the Next Generation Jazz (online) Sheet Music program. It will strengthen my Braille. The special downloads will make it easier to ‘hear’ the music.” --- Alexandra, 8th grade
“I am homeless. My folks are on drugs and spend a lot of time in jail. Music in school makes me feel better.” --- Ted, 7th grade
“BJJF’s education programs have allowed thousands of students, as well as teachers and students’ families, to experience jazz, many for the first time.” --- Dr. Gary S. Thomas, San Bernardino County Superintendent
“We cannot let the financial storm inflicted by ongoing “budgetary shackles” impede access. The important work of the BJJF is ensuring access, the future of our soul.” --- Dr. Albert Karnig, Cal State San Bernardino
“Our instruments were lost in the Hurricane Katrina flood. I dream of playing in a Mardi Gras parade or a jazz funeral. The BJJF/Rotary music education scholarship and Instrument Bank & Sheet Music programs keep my dreams alive.” --- Precious Lewis, 11th grade
“I play my horn to put me and my sister to sleep. My parents work three jobs. They’re never home to kiss us goodnight.” --- Cole, 5th grade
Presented by the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation
Co-Partner: San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Co-presenters: Lake Arrowhead Rotary Club, San Bernardino County Schools, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors
As part of a continuing commitment to perpetuate the legacy and expand the boundaries of jazz through theoretical and performance education, the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation created the Next Generation Jazz Youth Initiative (NGJYI).
Since its inception in 2007, Next Generation Jazz has been awarding scholarships, grants and music internships to help aspiring ‘young jazz lions’ develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity, a positive self image, and a respect for their own and others' cultural heritage.
Next Generation Jazz Youth Initiative is made possible by the unwavering support of our sponsors, fans, BJJF Jazz Ambassadors, public donations and the generous support of local businesses, education and civic organizations throughout the region.
Every spring, the NGJYI invites the best and the brightest student musicians from across the mountain community to participate in the Next Generation Jazz Scholarship audition.
Scholarship and grant recipients perform live with renowned jazz musicians during the Foundation’s annual “Jazz in Blue Jay” summer concert series held Thursdays in August.
The Foundation encourages visiting artists to give master classes and clinics to collegiate and high school music students. Previous participants in this program include multiple Grammy and Emmy Award winning guitarist, Kenny Burrell, the elder statesman of Latin-jazz, El Conguero! Poncho Sanchez, all female big band Maiden Voyage with educator and saxophonist Ann Patterson and Tower of Power co-founder horn-mister Greg Adams.
BJJF is committed to perpetuating the musicianship of aspiring, students that reflect the diversity of expression and opportunities that define music today.
We believe that the lessons and qualities derived from that work—the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music making and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity—are critical to achievement in any pursuit, musical or otherwise; and that music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth, which is central to any collegiate experience.
We invite you to help us ‘Keep Jazz Alive’ for generations to come by contributing to the Blue Jay Jazz Education Programs.
The Next Generation Jazz Youth Initiative offers you multiple marketing benefits, and every investment in our partnerships and sponsorships is reinvested in the future of Jazz music.
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