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NYO Jazz

NYO Jazz, comprising outstanding young musicians ages 16–19 from across the US, showcases the legacy and bright future of American jazz. Led by Artistic Director Sean Jones, these remarkable musicians come together each summer to engage in a rigorous training residency with world-class jazz masters on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York. In addition to the residency, NYO Jazz performs an annual concert at Carnegie Hall with a celebrated guest artist and embarks on a tour to some of the world’s great music capitals. The musicians serve as dynamic music ambassadors as they share this uniquely American genre with audiences around the globe.

Ages: 16–19
Available for Young Musicians: Nationally
Season: Summer Program

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NYO Jazz Performs Wycliffe Gordon’s “We’re Still Here”

Watch Artistic Director Sean Jones lead NYO Jazz 2020 and alumni with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon in a virtual performance of Gordon’s “We’re Still Here.”

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Each year, NYO Jazz invites young musicians ages 16–19 to audition for its summer season. Applications are now closed for summer 2021. Applications for summer 2022 will be available in early fall 2021.

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Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Beatrice Santo Domingo.

Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.

Major support has been provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Clive and Anya Gillinson, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc.

Additional support has been provided by Sarah Arison, and Bank of America.

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