Jazz

The Jazz category is another of the most popular disciplines with audiences during YoungArts Week showcase performances. It is complete with the following 16 sub categories of jazz instruments:

Cello
Clarinet
Composition
Double Bass
Flute
Guitar
Jazz Other
Keyboard
Oboe
Percussion
Saxophone
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba
Violin   
Viola   

Students are evaluated on their abilities for improvisation, tone production, technique, rhythm, intonation, interpretation and phrasing.

Last year’s jazz winners were so harmonious during YoungArts week, that through one of the Master Teachers, they landed a spot in the Grammy Band on the night of the awards show. 

Alumni in the jazz discipline are present within countless top jazz ensembles and throughout the professional jazz music industry.

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There are 16 categories within jazz.

Notable Alumni

  • Terence Blanchard, 1981Film Score Composer – Spike Lee films
  • Roy Hargrove, 1988Verve Records recording artist