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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.


October 11 - December 6, 2020
Big Band Jazz Performance Practices with Andy Clausen

Monday, March 8, 2021
Dizzy's Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Sets at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM

Monday, May 10, 2021
The Times Center
7:00 PM
featuring Wycliffe Gordon, trombone, trumpet, vocals 
Benjamin Morris: First Music commission premiere

Guest Artists

NYYS Jazz performances have featured renowned soloists including Arturo O'FarrillWycliffe Gordon, Stefon HarrisTed 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 5:00-7:30 pm


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


Applications for the 2020/2021 season are now open! Please visit the audition page for more information and to apply. 

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