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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.


The NYYS Jazz performance dates and venues for the 2019/2020 season are as follows:

Monday, December 3, 2019
Dizzy's Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Sets at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM

Monday, March 9, 2020
Dizzy's Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Sets at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM

Monday, May 11, 2020
The Times Center
7:00 PM

NYYS Jazz also presents three community concerts, two at Greenwich House Music School, and one at Three's Brewing in Brooklyn.

For more information, please check our concert schedule on the events page.

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 5:00-7:30pm at Michiko Studios.


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


Applications for the 2019/2020 season are closed. Please check back in July, 2020 for the 2020/2021 season application.

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

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