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Under the direction of Andy Clausen, the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band 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.


NYYS Jazz presents six performances during its season: two at Sir D's in Brooklyn, two at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, and a final performance at the Times Center. Please check our concert schedule on the Events page.

Guest Artists

NYYS Jazz performances have featured renowned soloists including Wycliffe Gordon, Stefon Harris,Ted Nash, Maria Schneider, Jane MonheitJoe LovanoSteve TurreVictor GoinesSlide HamptonJimmy HeathJoe LockeEric ReedLew Soloff, and Frank Wess, giving students a chance to play alongside today's most exciting professional musicians.


NYYS Jazz rehearses on Sundays from 5:00-7:30pm at Michiko Studios.


Throughout the season, rehearsals are augmented by masterclass clinics with some of today's most eminent jazz professionals.


We are now accepting applications for the 2018/19 season. Please check the auditions section of our website for eligibility and registration requirements.

Note: Prospective applicants are urged to review the Musician Guidelines and check for scheduling conflicts before applying for an audition. 

Related PDFs:

Soloist Profiles

Jazz Staff

Board of Advisors

Gary Giddins
Victor Goines
Jimmy Heath
Ryan Keberle
Joe Locke
Rufus Reid
Ted Rosenthal
Loren Schoenberg
Steven D. Shaiman, Trustee Chair
Chris Winans