February 15, 2020
Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia, PA
Award Ceremony featuring the US Army Jazz Ambassadors

The inaugural National Jazz Festival took place on February 15th, 2020 in historic Philadelphia.  We hosted 1200 high school and middle school jazz musicians from 11 states across the country. 

The National Jazz Festival thanks the Waterman II Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation for their generous grant that made the 2020 festival possible. Without their support our event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on February 15, 2020 would not have been possible.

May 22, 2021 Premiered on YouTube

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the 2021 National Jazz Festival was created in a ‘virtual format’ with bands and soloists submitting recordings that were premiered on YouTube. Adjudicators recorded written and verbal feedback. Masterclasses were held online via Zoom throughout the day.