This annual concert showcases outstanding high school musicians from all five boroughs. This year we are fortunate to have the big band sounds of the York College Summer Jazz Program in Louis’s garden on his “other” birthday; and, there will be cake!
About the York College Summer Jazz Program:
Now in its ninth year, the York College Summer Jazz Program (SJP) is a tuition-free, audition-only jazz performance program for upper-level high school students attending New York City public schools. Students study for six weeks in a near-professional big band environment and receive training and mentoring from professional jazz musicians. Private lessons are available to all students and all the supplies necessary for the program; including lunch vouchers and an MTA card are provided without cost. Upon successful completion, students receive five college credits that are transferrable to most college-level institutions. After SJP, qualified alumni are invited to return to York College on Saturday afternoons as members of the York College Blue Notes. The York College Blue Notes have performed all over the city including Mintonʼs Playhouse, the birthplace of bebop; and were finalists two years in a row in the Charles Mingus High School Competition. Graduates of the York College Blue Notes have been accepted to colleges such as Berklee College of Music, Queens College, Hunter College, Long Island University, Mannes College: The New School for Music among other prestigious academic programs.