David Zacks, pianist for the New York Youth Symphony's 2011/2012 Jazz Band Classic.
Under the direction of Andy Clausen, the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band is a 17-member brass-wind-and-percussion 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.
Marian McPartland in memoriam
Steven D. Shaiman, Trustee Chair
Lew Soloff in memoriam
Billy Taylor in memoriam
NYYS Jazz rehearses on Sundays from 6:00-8:30pm at The DiMenna Center.
Click Here to view the schedule of rehearsals.
NYYS Jazz presents six performances during its season: three at the Greenwich Music House, two at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, and a final performance in the Appel Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Please check our concert schedule on the Events page.
Throughout the season, rehearsals are augmented by masterclass clinics with some of today's most eminent jazz professionals.
Students from our Jazz program have been fortunate to perform with featured soloists including Joe Lovano, Scott Wendholt, Suzanne Morrison, Steve Turre, Warren Vaché, Victor Goines, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Joe Locke, Eric Reed, Lew Soloff, Gary Smulyan, and Frank Wess, giving students a chance to play alongside today's most exciting professional musicians.
Auditions for the 54th Season will be held on September 18 - 20, 2016. Please check the auditions section of our website for details.
Note: Prospective applicants are urged to review the Musician Guidelines and check for scheduling conflicts before applying for an audition.