2018 BLUE JAY JAZZ 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.
THREE 2018 FUTURE GENERATIONS OF 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. [READ MORE].