In the summer of 2018, gifted young jazz musicians from across the country came together to study with and learn from world-class jazz masters during the inaugural season of NYO Jazz. A completely free program for all participants, NYO Jazz gives young musicians the opportunity to perform as cultural ambassadors on an international stage and share a uniquely American musical genre with cultures around the world through an international tour each summer.
Trumpet player Sean Jones—one of the field’s outstanding performer-composer-educators—served as soloist and bandleader for NYO Jazz’s Carnegie Hall debut and inaugural European tour, which included performances in the Netherlands, Germany, and Great Britain. World-renowned jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves and critically acclaimed trombonist Wycliffe Gordon joined NYO Jazz as special guest artists for the ensemble’s Carnegie Hall debut. Ms. Reeves was also featured as a guest artist on NYO Jazz’s European tour.
Sean Jones returns as artistic adviser and bandleader in the summer of 2019, and leading the group during its residency at Purchase College, SUNY. The residency culminates in a performance at Carnegie Hall before NYO Jazz departs on a two-week tour to Asia.
NYO Jazz invites young musicians (ages 16–19) to audition for its 2019 season.
Lead donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; and Beatrice Santo Domingo
Major support has been provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Clive Gillinson.
Additional support has been provided by Sarah Arison; Bank of America; and The Netherland-America Foundation.