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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.

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. 

This season, NYYS Jazz students will work closely with guest vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles, with whom they will record music written by Ms. Charles, set to the texts of Maya Angelou. Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, originally scheduled to perform with the band in May at The Times Center, will also work closely with the students to record and release music inspired by New Orleans.


NYYS Jazz sessions will be held over Zoom on Sundays from 5:00-7:30 pm. You may download the Zoom app for free, here.


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