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2023 NATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

PHILADELPHIA, PA APRIL 22, 2023

Pennsylvania Convention Center

“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

Pennsylvania Convention Center

“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.

WELCOME PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS TO 2023 NATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
45 Schools as of 11/30/2022 ….. ACES Educational Center for the Arts, CT ~ Bethel High School, CT ~ Boston Latin School, MA ~ Brookfield High School, CT ~ Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, NY ~ Cranbury Middle School, NJ ~ Darien High School, CT ~ Deptford HS, NJ ~ Eastlake High School, WA ~ Edgemont High School, NY ~ Ellington High School, CT ~ Escuela Especializada Pablo Casals, PR ~ Freedom Crossing Academy K-8, FL ~ Georgetown Day School, DC ~ George Stevens Academy, ME ~ Herricks High School, NY ~ Hopewell High School, NC ~ Hopewell Valley Central High School, NJ ~ Hopkins School, CT ~ La Salle College High School, PA ~ La Salle Institute, NY ~ Metuchen High School, NJ ~ M.S. 54 – Booker T. Washington, NY ~ Mundy’s Mill High School, GA ~ Naugatuck High School, CT ~ Noblesville High School, IN ~ Our Lady of Good Counsel, MD ~ PA Leadership Charter School, PA ~ Princeton High School, NJ ~ R.F. Bumpus Middle School, AL ~ Ridley High School, PA ~ Rockville High School, CT ~ Seneca High School, NJ ~ Shawnee High School, NJ ~ Staples High School, CT ~ Steinert High School, NJ ~ Stratford High School, CT ~ Suffield High School, CT ~ The Fieldston School, NY ~ The Shipley School, PA ~ Timothy Edwards Middle School, CT ~ Trevor Day School, NY ~ Trinity School, NY ~ William H. Hall High School, CT ~ West Milford HS, CT

2023 CATEGORIES

Instrumental Soloists Audition for the NJF Jazz Diplomats
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.

Watch all performances from the 2021 & 2022 festivals 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.


  • 10/7/22 Newsletter
    Find out more about the 2023 National Jazz Festival. Register for in-person or the virtual option, nominate a student for the LOVE Award and a band director for the Jazz Educator Award, learn about the new Instrumental Soloist Category andContinue reading “10/7/22 Newsletter”
  • Live Jazz is Back!
    Live Jazz is back in 2023. Philadelphia, PA will once again host the National Jazz Festival on April 22, 2023 after two years of virtual competition. Registration will be open shortly. We hope to see you there!


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