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NYO Jazz

NYO Jazz gives outstanding young jazz musicians from across the country the opportunity to perform as cultural ambassadors on an international stage, sharing a uniquely American musical genre with cultures around the world through an international tour.

In 2020, artistic director and trumpeter Sean Jones returns as bandleader for performances in South Africa.

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NYO Jazz invites young musicians (ages 16–19) to audition for its 2020 season.

NYO Jazz 2019 Videos

NYO Jazz in Zhuhai: “Struggle Gives You Strength”
Written for Sean Jones and NYO Jazz 2019, Jihye Lee’s “Struggle Gives You Strength” is an important reminder of how to push through life’s tough moments, whether onstage or off.

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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, Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.

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

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Major support has been provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Clive and Anya Gillinson, Jean Eric Salata and Baring Private Equity Asia, and MBK Partners.

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

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Public funding has been provided by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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