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LIVE JAZZ IS BACK!

2023 NATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

PHILADELPHIA, PA APRIL 22, 2023

“Glad you are back in person in 2023. I was a Band Director for 43 years and attending the 2020 National Jazz Festival was one of my favorite festivals ever!” …… Steve O

An annual jazz festival inspiring high school and middle school musicians to take jazz to the next level through education, collaboration and celebration.
All inclusive. No audition necessary. Competitive and Non-Competitive Categories.


2023 NATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

APRIL 22, 2023
PHILADELPHIA, PA

“Glad you are back in person in 2023. I was a Band Director for 43 years and attending the 2020 National Jazz Festival was one of my favorite festivals ever!” …… Steve O

An annual jazz festival inspiring high school and middle school musicians to take jazz to the next level through education, collaboration and celebration
All inclusive. No audition necessary. Competitive and Non-Competitive Categories.

2023 CATEGORIES

2023 LOVE Award and Jazz Educator Award

LOVE Award

The National Jazz Festival LOVE Award was created to honor a middle or high school student who has used their passion for music to better the lives of others through activism and/or community service.  Students are nominated by their directors, parents, or fellow musicians. Nominate your student by clicking on the link.

Jazz Educator Award

National Jazz Festival’s Educator of the Year Award is awarded to an exemplary middle or high school educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to students and to jazz music education. The awardee models best practices in teaching inside and outside of the classroom and demonstrates outstanding leadership and excellence in education. Nominate by clicking on the link.


2022 FESTIVAL PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

Welcome ~ Albemarle High School ~ Ann Sobrato High School ~ Bethel High School ~ Boston Latin School ~ Brookfield High School ~ Burlington Township High School ~ Carroll Senior High School ~ Cranbury Middle School ~ Douglas Anderson School of the Arts ~ Edgemont High School ~ George Stevens Academy ~ Harborfields High School ~ Hopewell Valley Central High School ~ Hopkins School ~ Lincoln Middle School ~ Lovejoy High School ~ Lower Moreland High School ~ Mira Costa High School ~ Naugatuck High School ~ Newtown High School ~ Noblesville High School ~ Northfield Mount Hermon High School ~ PA Leadership Charter School ~ Pace High School ~ Princeton High School ~ R.F. Bumpus Middle School ~ Reynolds Middle School ~ School District 60, Fort St John BC ~ Spruce Creek High School ~ St. John’s Preparatory School ~ Steinert High School ~ Stratford High School ~ Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts ~ Timothy Edwards Middle School ~ William H Hall High School ~ Xavier High School

Watch all performances from the 2022 festival on our YouTube channel

Thank you to our sponsors of the 2022 National Jazz Festival.

UArts, SmartMusic, Finale, SamAsh,
Gerhards Guitarworks and Jacobs Music.




Become a Benefactor

The NJF is grounded in a philosophy of personal growth and education and our annual high school jazz competition fosters friendly competition, musical education and the development of lasting connections between young jazz musicians. High school jazz bands and middle school jazz bands from across the nation are inspired to take jazz to the next level through education, collaboration and celebration.

Consider making a donation to support our mission to provide a festival with an educational philosophy that is free for all to attend.

The National Jazz Festival is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization ID 83-3751080


Contact us to learn more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities available.


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