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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.

Jazz Program

Rehearsals, Performances & Clinics

NYYS Jazz will rehearse on Sundays from 6-8PM at the NYYS Office at 110 West 40th Street, New York, NY.

The band performs in New York City’s finest jazz venues, including Birdland, The Times Center, Dizzy’s Club and the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln 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.

Jazz Program


Applicants should review the guidelines on this page to make sure that they can fulfill the commitment to the program before applying.


Prepare for your Auditions

Below you will find the excerpts to download for your audition. Please prepare all excerpts in the package.


Nyys Alto Sax Audition Packet
Nyys Tenor Sax Audition Packet
Nyys bari sax Audition Packet
Nyys Trumpet Audition Packet
Nyys Trombone Audition Packet
Rombome (5)
Nyys Bass Audition Packet
Nyys Drums Audition Packet
Nyys Guitar Audition Packet
Nyys Piano Audition Packet

Jazz Program

Jazz Staff

Jazz Program

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

Lastest jazz Videos

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NYYS Dizzy's Club Jazz Band Concert with Melissa Aldana



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



NYYS Jazz: Tempus Fugit

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