2018 Scholarship Winners Joshua Mainez, Gavin Harris, and Madeline Zweber
Student and Dave Bennett at Instrument Day
Poncho Sanchez-2
Billy Mitchell Circle of Friends
CSUSB Jazz Ensemble
60 Grit

2018 Scholarship Winners Joshua Mainez, Gavin Harris, and Madeline Zweber • Instrument Day • Poncho Sanchez • Billy Mitchell's Circle of Friends • CSUSB Jazz Ensemble | 60 Grit

THE 2018 BLUE JAY JAZZ FESTIVAL HITS NEW HEIGHTS

The three-concert 2018 Blue Jay Jazz Festival was a historic landmark for the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation. Thanks to Bill and Michelle Johnson and their staff at SkyPark at Santa’s Village for providing the wonderful venue and the extraordinary support. And thanks to all our artists, beginning with Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band on the opening concert August 9, Billy Mitchell & Circle of Friends (right) on August 16, and the finale on August 23, with 60 Grit , the Rim High Marching Band , and the Cal State San Bernardino Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Bob Knop.

For a gallery of images from the 2018 Festival, click here. If you have memories to share, post them on our Facebook page, here.


2018 BJJF FUNDRAISER IS ‘A BIG HIT!’

The June 28, 2018 Blue Jay Jazz Fundraiser, “June Blues, a Tribute to Chicago Blues,” was a great success. In the vernacular of the Roaring ’20s, which set the tone for both dress and musical genres, it was “a big hit!”

The event will benefit the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation‘s music education programs, which include the free Adopt-an-Instrument student lending library and Future Generation Music Scholarships.

“This was a step back in time to the ‘Roaring Twenties,'” said Dr. Ernie Levister, a member of the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation board of directors. “We tipped our hats to Chicago style jazz and blues when gangsters ruled the city and ‘speakeasies,’ jam sessions at the hangout The Three Deuces, straw hats, Model A Fords and a new dance called the Charleston were all the rage.”

Featured entertainment was provided by the Cal State University San Bernardino Jazz Ensemble, which returns to the mountains for the final 2018 Blue Jay Jazz Festival concert on August 23. Joining them at the Burnt Mill Beach Club event were 2018 Scholarship Winners Gavin Harris and Joshua Mainez.


2018 JAZZ SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED!

On May 23, the Blue Jay Jazz Foundations Annual Future Generations of Jazz Scholarship Awards were handed out to Gavin Harris, Joshua Mainez and Madeline Zweber. Meet these young musicians and hear what they have to say about music in their lives.

Above, Mainez, Harris and Zweber at ceremony.


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BJJF HOLDS 3RD ANNUAL INSTRUMENT DAY!

The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation held its 3rd Annual Adopt An Instrument Day on Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 at the Arrowhead Dental Arts offices of Board Member Dr. Hugh Bialecki.

Local youngsters who want to play an instrument but don’t know which to choose were invited to come play with our corral of donated instruments and discover their perfect musical match!

This is the third year that the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation has presented an afternoon of hands-on for mountain youth.

The event is annually open to students/parents within the RIM Unified School District, and was designed to get worthy instruments into worthy hands. Thanks to our mountain community, we have logged many donated instruments, from guitars and basses, to drums, trumpets, saxophones and yes, even a xylophone! Clarinets, flutes, you name it, they will all be available for loan to attending aspiring musicians!


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