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Sacramento Traditional Jazz Foundation – Spreading the Joy of Jazz

Traditional jazz is contagious – its rhythms, melodic swirls and distinctive solos energize everyone who listens. It’s only natural for musicians and their fans to share great jazz with their children and grandchildren, and encourage upcoming generations to play “trad jazz” themselves. That in a nutshell is the mission of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Foundation: to support young musicians as they learn to master traditional jazz. Not only will they enjoy the music themselves, one day they will pass the upbeat sounds of America’s original art form to future generations.



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The Foundation annually sponsors a Youth Jazz Camp, a Youth Jazz Band Festival, free music lessons, a high school honor jazz band and other events that provide kids terrific venues for learning and playing “trad jazz.”
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Working hand in hand with local schools and Sacramento State University, the Foundation encourages jazz education through scholarships, jam sessions and mentoring.
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We honor talented young jazz musicians, both individually and in bands. The Foundation also recognizes the teachers and mentors who help kids succeed.
Music Lesson Award App. (click here)