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

A NEW YEAR BEGINS FOR BLUE JAY JAZZ

The 2018 Blue Jay Jazz Festival was another big success thanks to you — our loyal fans, donors, sponsors, our mountain community and beyond.

We offer special thanks to SkyPark at Santa’s Village for hosting our concerts during the past two summers, and helping us expand our audience, showcase our brilliant local student musicians, and further strengthen our financial base.

With these additional resources and new donors, we are excited to be planning our 2019 Jazz Festival, and have been exploring ways to take more music to additional venues in more communities throughout the calendar year. Going forward, however, the Jazz Festival will not return to SkyPark due to circumstances beyond our control at the Park.

The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation, which has produced the annual Festival for many years, is a mission-driven all-volunteer non-profit organization that also provides musical instruments and instrument repair for local students, awards annual scholarship grants, and invests in the community in other ways. It remains committed to supporting music education and performances on our mountain, including the summer festival. We welcome the participation of music-lovers, musicians, educators and business people to join us on our various committees. If you are interested in learning more, please call (909) 744-9675 or send an email.

We will continue to provide updates as we plan our 2019 Calendar. To get on our email list for our monthly newsletter, email your name and email address to Monthly Jazz Newsletter

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!


LEARN ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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BLUE JAY JAZZ FOUNDATION PROGRAMS

BLUE JAY JAZZ
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Annual grants to reward excellence
with tuition and studies.

GIVE AN INSTRUMENT,
INSPIRE A MUSICIAN!

Pass your old musical instrument
along to a young musician.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Honoring our Past, Building our Future

MEET OUR BOARD

Find out more about our Blue Jay Jazz Foundation Board


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BLUE JAY JAZZ FESTIVAL

 

Find out more about our annual Blue Jay Jazz Festival

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