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:

It’s the BIG BAND JAM! 2014

It’s the BIG BAND JAM! 2014


We are pleased and proud to announce the theme of our 10th Annual BIG BAND JAM! will be the “Count Basie Legacy”. Our featured artist/clinician will be renowned saxophonist Bob Mintzer. Mr. Mintzer is Chair of the Jazz Studies Department at the Thornton School of Music in the University of Southern California. He is also a member of the GRAMMY winning quartet The Yellowjackets. Our featured big band will be the USAF Airmen of Note.

The 10th Annual BIG BAND JAM! host stage will once again be at Pershing Park plaza on America’s Main Street next to The White House. The plaza is strategically located on Pennsylvania Avenue and in close proximity to our other venues. Our principal performance dates will be April 22nd-26th with day time performances between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm. The event will culminate on Saturday, April 26th with a free big band dance presented by the Airmen of Note. The 10th Annual BIG BAND JAM! has been selected as a “TOP 100” American tourist destination for 2014 by the ABA Tour Operators and we are receiving considerable attention. Our event was selected out of a total of 580 designees and it will be a featured event by DestinationDC. DestinationDC is the dedicated city agency responsible for the citywide promotion of tours or events. We have already received a number of reservations, designations or placeholder requests. We encourage you to do the same:

In collaboration with:
Blues Alley, Eagle Bank, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, Alfred Publishing, Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, Art ‘n’ Graphix, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, XM Radio, MENC, JAM, WPFW, Club Corp.