Jazz Program

Program Overview

Under the direction of Michael Thomas, the New York Youth Symphony Jazz is a 17-member swing ensemble dedicated to studying, rehearsing, and performing classic big band jazz music. Modeled on the bands of the 1930’s and 1940’s, the Jazz program preserves this heritage and, keeping with jazz traditions, incorporates it into the current and emerging styles that define the genre for the present generation.

This year the band will performs in New York City’s finest jazz venues, including Shapeshifter Lab, Dizzy’s Club and The Times Center.

Throughout the season, rehearsals are augmented by masterclass clinics with some of today’s most eminent jazz professionals. Previous guest artists have included Arturo O’FarrillWycliffe GordonStefon HarrisTed NashMaria SchneiderJane MonheitJoe LovanoSteve TurreVictor GoinesSlide HamptonJimmy HeathJoe LockeEric Reed, and Lew Soloff.  This year, Trumpeter Mike Rodriguez and Saxophonist Chris Potter will be joining us.

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  • "It's an opportunity I would never have had, especially growing up in a low-income family. NYYS opened a lot of doors for me, and I definitely would not be where I am today without them."

    Trista Casanas Ford, Saxophone

    "My love for big band playing only grows stronger as I play in the group. I'm so blessed to have been able to play with such high-level musicians."

    Avery Gotshell, Drums

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    Board of Advisors

    • Steven D. Shaiman, Trustee Chair
    • Gary Giddins
    • Jimmy Heath (In memoriam)
    • Ryan Keberle
    • Joe Locke
    • Rufus Reid
    • Ted Rosenthal
    • Loren Schoenberg
    • Chris Winans

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    Composition Date 2023: Popped Collar Trench



    New York Youth Symphony's Jazz performs "Take The A Train"



    Composition Date 2023: Bright Moonlight Might Interfere

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