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.

Race for the Arts

SacJEF is participating in this year’s Race for the Arts! This will be a fun way to promote the Foundation to the greater Arts community, and we need a minimum of 10 people to agree to walk all or part of the route in order to receive the entry discount.

Race Day is Saturday, August 24th. 

Entry fee (discounted) is $24 and includes a Race T-shirt.

Registration is 7am at William Land Park and the race begins at 8:35 am

We plan to also have an informational booth at the park that day, so if you can’t walk but want to join the fun, we would welcome you to help man the booth – hand out flyers, etc. We are also hoping to have the TNT play in the amphitheater in the park that morning.

Once you have registered, it’s time to get donation pledges! We will be directing folks to our website to donate, but you can also collect on your own from friends, family, neighbors, whomever. Just have them make checks payable to SacJEF.  And, donors may designate which of our programs they want their donation to benefit.

Dave Becker is handling this event for us, so please reply to him that you will be going, and then complete the attached form and send it with your check for $24 ASAP to him c/o the SacJEF office, P O Box 661763, Sacramento, CA  95866.

IMPORTANT!! Registration forms MUST be submitted by the 13th, or the price goes up!

For more info, visit the Race website at

Entry Form For Walking

Pledge Form for Donating 

Jazz Greats Jam for the Next Generation

Don’t Miss the Teagarden Jazz Camp Fundraising Extravaganza

West Sacramento, CA — On Saturday, March 30th, over 50 jazz musicians comprising eight local bands will gather on the banks of the American River for this year’s Teagarden Jazz Camp Fundraising Extravaganza. The four-hour show, held from 2 to 6 p.m. at Drake’s: The Barn, will feature headliners Element Brass Band and Peter Petty—both Sammie award winning acts—plus an assortment of brass bands, swing bands and New Orleans-style hot jazz ensembles to help send deserving students to the Teagarden summer jazz camp. There is no cover charge, but a suggested $20-per-person donation will help bring the gift of jazz to budding young musicians.

As the world’s oldest musical camp focusing specifically on early jazz, Teagarden has a long list of celebrity alumni from pop star Carly Rae Jepsen to jazz singer and trumpeter Bria Skonberg. Camp instructors are themselves highly accomplished musicians who have played with some of the biggest names around the world. In Sacramento, it’s hard to find a jazz band that does not have at least one or two musicians who have taken part in the Teagarden camp as either an instructor, a one-time student, or both.

The camp is an annual production of the Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and promote early jazz. Camp director Bill Dendle says the camp is always a labor of love. “Traditional jazz is contagious,” says Dendle. “Children are innately musical and creative, and can profit on many levels from learning about jazz and improvisation.”

Event details

Teagarden Jazz Camp Fundraiser

& Musical Extravaganza

Saturday, March 30, 2–6 p.m.

Drake’s: The Barn

985 Riverfront St

West Sacramento, 95691


Performances by

o   Element Brass Band

o   The Crescent Katz

o   Peter Petty

o   City of Trees Brass Band

o   Sweet & Low Melody Co.

o   TNT

o   Dirty Chops Brass Band

o   The Kortet

o   The Syncopating Sea Monkeys


About the Teagarden Jazz Camp

Since 1986, the Teagarden Jazz Camp has been helping young musicians sharpen their skills under the tutelage of experienced musicians. Students aged 12–20 camp each year at Sly Park in Pollock Pines to learn the fundamentals of early jazz and improvisation techniques in an intensive week-long program, culminating with a concert on the final day in Sacramento. More at

Teagarden Jazz Festival Concert Tickets and More On Sale Now

The 14th annual Teagarden Jazz Festival promises to be one of our best, thanks to feature artist Jim Cullum.

Internationally known cornet player and band leader, most of us know of Jim from his long running Riverwalk Jazz program on public radio. It will be a rare treat to see him perform live.  Along with the Saturday festival, we are having two special concerts featuring Jim. Friday night on February 8 and a Sunday Brunch on February 10.  Capitol Public Radio is a festival sponsor this year, an exciting development, and will be promoting the events. Tickets for all events are now available. You will want to purchase early to ensure a seat.  Tickets are only $10 for general seating and $25 for VIP reserved seating for the Friday night concert, which will be a stand out event in the new Rio Americano Performing Arts Center, a fantastic venue for jazz music.


Festival T-shirts and sweatshirts are also available for pre-order. Check out this year’s designs and options.  Deadline to order is January 23, 2019. Only pre-orders will be available.


2018 Music Lesson Awards Now Available

Do you know a student interested in improving their musical ability? Perhaps you’re a young musician who wants to join a band, or play for your own enjoyment as a hobby. The Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation offers Music Lesson Awards to students interested in developing their ability to play and perform music.

Awards are in the form of paid music lessons on the standard instruments used in jazz performance. Instruments include (among others): trumpet, cornet, trombone, clarinet, sax, piano, banjo, guitar, bass, tuba, drums, and vocals.

Awards are up to $300 and SacJEF can also match a student with a music teacher, if the student needs a referral.   Applications are now open and can be submitted online or printed and mailed in. The deadline for submission is September 30, 2018.