An historic opportunity arose at the end of 2016 when, after hard work and major investment by Bill and Michelle Johnson, Santa’s Village was brought back to life as SkyPark at Santa’s Village, a regional entertainment and dining destination with wonderful amenities for concert audiences.
In every sense of the word, it seemed a natural fit for our jazz festival. The stars began to align when we approached the Johnsons and found they were eager to have a summer jazz series in this
beautiful forest setting.
In August 2017, we stood together at the threshold between a proud past and a promising future. We are grateful that our community came out to join us and make the 2017 concert series such a resounding success.
Our core mission, however, is not focused on the concert stage but on early stages of development, when young people are discovering music – on their own devices, by attending performances, or by learning
to play themselves. We know that playing an instrument is the best way to appreciate music – especially jazz. But instruments are expensive and with cuts to school budgets, it gets harder to have enough to go around. That is why we maintain a free, instrument loan program for students. To provide further support, we have several scholarship programs for outstanding music students, including one in partnership with The Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead.
However, the Jazz Festival provides great opportunities to learn more about the music, and we thank our 2017 Festival artists – The King Brothers Blues Band, Greg Adams East Bay Soul, and Adrianna Marie and her Groovecutters – who provided a lively education in blues, jazz trumpet, and the jazz vocalist.
To be part of the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation's efforts to supply instruments and instruction to our music students and keep jazz being heard across the mountain, please contact us by email. To make a tax deductible donation, visit our Support page.