In the summer of 2018, gifted young jazz musicians from across the country come together to study with and learn from world-class jazz masters during the inaugural season of NYO Jazz. 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—serves as soloist and bandleader for NYO Jazz’s Carnegie Hall debut and inaugural European tour, which includes performances in The Netherlands, Germany, and Great Britain.
The NYO Jazz faculty features outstanding artists from across the country, including trumpeter Etienne Charles; trombonist Wycliffe Gordon; saxophonist Erica von Kleist; pianist Gerald Clayton; guitarist Matthew Stevens; bassist Mimi Jones; drummer Obed Calvaire; and ensemble coach Reggie Thomas, who will lead in-depth training workshops and master classes during the summer residency.
Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith; Beatrice Santo Domingo
NYO Jazz invites young musicians (ages 16–19) to audition for its 2018 season. View audition requirements and apply for the ensemble.
Deadline: February 1, 2018
Your audition video is a key element of your application to NYO Jazz. View helpful tips for recording your video.