The 16th annual BIG BAND JAM! is back and better than ever. The event will take place the week of April 20-26, 2020 with artist-in-residence Makoto Ozone, celebrity judge Lisa Fisher, the “Italian Jazz Series” and a “Japanese Jazz Day” tribute. There are only a limited number of school band slots remaining and so hurry today:

Summer Camp starts July 9th

Blues Alley Jazz Society – 18th Annual Summer Jazz Camp

We are pleased and proud to announce the 18th annual season of the Blues Alley Summer Jazz Camp.  In 2018, we will be relocating to St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church at 555 Water Street SW, Washington, DC.  The camp will take place from Monday, July 9th to Friday, July 20th.  The daily operational hours will be from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, including a half-hour lunch which students must provide for themselves.  The Church is located adjacent to the new southwest waterfront development “The Wharf”, and nearby the Waterfront metro station (Green Line).

The faculty will be comprised of a variety of multi-talented musicians facilitating top-quality instruction on a range of instruments, and divided into hourly or daily activities including rhythm, sectional, and ensemble practice.  There will also be guest instructors focusing on performance.  At the conclusion of the two-week term, the student should be proficient on their instrument and exhibit the capacity of improvisation in a large ensemble setting. On the final day of the camp, each student will receive a certificate of accomplishment stating their demonstrated ability on their instrument.

Harry Schnipper was the co-recipient of the 2015 “Jazz Educator of the Year” award

Harry SchnipperBlues Alley Jazz Society Director Harry Schnipper was the co-recipient of the 2015 “Jazz Educator of the Year” award along with Ellis Marsalis the father of J@LC director and renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Executive Director Schnipper received the award in absentia on Saturday, February 14th during the annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.

The BIG BAND JAM! is back – bigger, badder, bolder and broader than ever!!

The BIG BAND JAM! is back – bigger, badder, bolder and broader than ever. We are pleased to announce our 11th annual legacy tribute, our featured ensembles and our artist-in-residence for 2015. This year we will honor the “Ella and Louis Legacy” and the artist-in-residence will be none other than renowned trumpeter Sean Jones. Our featured big band ensembles will be the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the United States Army Blues, Berklee College and the Thelma Yellin School of the Arts from Givatayim, Israel. In a special salute to Satchmo, we will be distributing free big band charts to all participating schools.

Each of our featured ensembles will be paired with Sean Jones, and we will honor Berklee College with a special proclamation acknowledging their historic commitment to jazz education. Our parent organization will be celebrating a special milestone birthday as we commemorate our own 30th anniversary. The Blues Alley Jazz Society was co-founded in 1985 with famed trumpeter, composer and bandleader Dizzy Gillespie. Over the past three decades, we have remained steadfast to our mission of promoting youth, jazz and education in our Nation’s Capital.

Blues Alley Youth Orchestra Celebrates African American History Month

The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra opens for the U.S. Army Blues for Celebrate African American History Month

Blues Alley Jazz partners with the National Park Service

Blues Alley Jazz will be partnering with the National Park Service in 2015-16 to provide them with programming content in a lead up to their centennial.