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BLUE JAY JAZZ FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT
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Scholarship Winners Rei Thielbar and Rachel Stallings • 2017 Blue Jazz Festival Moves to SkyPark • The King Brothers • Greg Adams East Bay Soul • Adrianna Marie and her Groovecutters

BLUE JAY JAZZ 2018 FUNDRAISER ON JUNE 28!

Blue Jay Jazz 2018 Fundraiser PosterThe award-winning Cal State University San Bernardino jazz ensemble is gearing up to play its inaugural concert in Lake Arrowhead on Thursday, June 28.

The high-energy group under the direction of Dr. Bob Knop is made up of undergraduate students representing such diverse majors as Music, Liberal Arts, Education, Business, and English. The ensemble prides itself on performing various jazz styles including swing, funk, Latin, as well as ballads.

Performances have included appearances at various regional jazz festivals including the Western States Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, and the Oceanside Jazz Festival.

This is 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’re tipping the hat 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.”

“Chicago was the heart of jazz and blues, behind the tremendous talents of Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, and many others,” added  BJJF’s Wayne Austin.  “The Windy City rightly became the hub of a range of styles from traditional and swing to be-bop.”

The concert is a fundraiser supporting the Foundation’s music education programs including its Adopt an Instrument free student lending library and Future Generation Music Scholarship.

BJJF 2018  scholarship winner Gavin Harris will perform an original composition at the event.

“We’re shaking things up a bit,” said Austin. “Come dressed ‘Roaring Twenties’ style, dust off those straw hats and flapper styles and come out for a cool night of jazz and blues supporting mountain school children.”

Arrowhead Lake Association’s Burnt Mill Beach Club, 27910 Lakes Edge Road, Lake Arrowhead. Tickets are $35 at the door. 5:30-8:30 pm, hors d’oeuvres, bring your own bottle.

RSVP to Wayne Austin at wayne@bluejayjazzfoundation.org.


 

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].

 


 
 

3RD ANNUAL ADOPT AN 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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MISSION STATEMENT

THE BLUE JAY JAZZ FOUNDATION CELEBRATES THE LEGACY OF JAZZ BY INSPIRING, ENTERTAINING, EDUCATING AND DEVELOPING FUTURE JAZZ AUDIENCES FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.


BLUE JAY JAZZ FOUNDATION PROGRAMS


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Honoring our Past, Building our Future

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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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