SacJEF Presents Music Lessons Awards for 2020-21

SacJEF presented its annual Music Lessons Awards this week to seventeen deserving young musicians, ranging in age from 9 to 17. These dedicated students will each receive a voucher for $500 in private music lessons with the instructor of their choice. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the awards were mailed instead of being presented in person as in past years.

The mission of SacJEF is to encourage young musicians to learn about and play early jazz, and the Music Lessons Awards program is aimed at helping students develop their skills on their chosen instrument. For a list of this year’s recipients, click here.

Join Us on Giving Tuesday December 1st!

Giving Tuesday is a special day of generosity that takes place every year on the first Tuesday in December. Created in 2012, the Giving Tuesday idea is simple: a day that encourages people to help their community thrive. In its eight-year history, it has grown into a global movement that inspires giving, collaboration and generosity.

This year the Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation will be a part of Giving Tuesday, and we hope you will join us by supporting our mission.  We believe Jazz is America’s only true original art form, and the best way to preserve this wonderful art form is through youth education. Our programs were developed for that purpose – AND to help bring this great music to students who might otherwise never know about it, or never have the opportunity to play an instrument. Join us! Donate here or check out the action at

SacJEF Presents Drums to West Sac Student

The Instrument Match program is still going strong, despite the pandemic setbacks. Recently, SacJEF presented a drum set to Liam from West Sacramento. Liam is a student at River City High School, and no longer has to practice on a school-provided drum set.

Special thanks to Nell Mae Johnson for donating the set (and clearing space in her garage!), and to volunteer Ron Jones for getting them refurbished and ready to go!

Youth Jazz Day – 2019

Youth Jazz Day features four outstanding youth bands: Syncopating Sea-Monkeys, TNT, Jazz Raptors, and Tower Bridge Trad.  Special feature of the day will be the presentation of the 2019-20 SacJEF Music Lessons Awards.

Location: Sacramento Elks Lodge #6, 6446 Riverside Blvd at Florin Rd, Sacramento.

Cost: Admission free to all students 18 and under. Everyone else by donation.

Elks buffet brunch available 9am to 11am, cost $10

Up Close & Personal Fundraiser

The 11th annual Up Close & Personal fundraiser will feature clarinetist Dave Bennett, accompanied by Jason Wanner on piano, Ron Jones on drums and Shelley Denny on bass.

Tickets for this event sell out quickly – for more info contact

All proceeds from this event support the Teagarden Jazz Festival for Young Musicians in February.