15 Year Anniversary - Jazz House Kids
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October 24, 2017: a date that will go down in JAZZ HOUSE history!  We hit the high notes and all the right notes at our 15th anniversary celebration at NJPAC.


Led by our musical director, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, the evening was a powerful night of storytelling, highlighting our growing legacy. Our celebrated artists – DAVID SANBORN, ANDRA DAY, SHEILA E. and KENNY BARRON gave so generously of their time to join us and show us why they are the best.


We honored our living legends, ROY HAYNES and McCOY TYNER, thanked the many people who have helped this organization impact thousands of young people and recognized our student award winners.


We were bursting with pride as our talented emerging musicians took to the stage for one great performance after another and for the JAZZ HOUSE ALUMNi BAND, a group of talented young musicians now scattered across the country who found their musical chops at the JAZZ HOUSE, as well as a second home.

Our audience opened up their hearts, and its support allows us to continue the thriving legacy of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS. Every day, we strive to broaden the definition of who gets to be on stage to tell their story, address the lack of access and equity from under-resourced communities and populations, and create a cultural movement that celebrates each child’s unique voice through inclusion and diversity.

The evening ended with a show-stopper finale with all our artists.  Huge thanks to our incredible guest artists, student musicians, and wonderful audience. What a way to celebrate 15 years of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS swinging doors open through music, mentoring, education and apprenticeship!


We humbly thank our growing community of supporters that help us achieve our mission.

15th Anniversary Celebration Sponsors

Jazz Orchestra Circle
Rose Cali
Carol + Roger Chartouni
Holly English + Fred Smagorinsky
Susan + Chris Gifford
Joyce + George Wein Foundation
J.T. Magen & Company, Inc.
Manhattan Mechanical
Lee Heh Margolies + Ken Maiman
Morgan Stanley
Panasonic Corporation of N. America
Rhonda and Bob Silver
The Bravitas Group
The Silver Family Foundation
RWJBarnabas Health
TD Bank, N.A.

Big Band
Sara + Jon Bonesteel
Cool Wind Ventilation
Leslie Dixon
Adam Rose
Rita + Terry Woodard


Rhythm Section
Bedari Foundation
Leslie + Jim Bolin
Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers-Newark
Margarethe + Mark Laurenzi
Elizabeth + Daryl Libow
Newark Academy
Northstar Cruises
Adebayo Ogunlesi
Sarah + David Rosen
Serta Simmons Bedding
Stone Center of Bridgewater
Tawana Tibbs + Bruce Gordon


A special shout out to our friends + partners who were “instrumental” in making our 15th Anniversary celebration possible!

Gail P. Stone Events
Our 15th Anniversary Events Committee
Howl at the Moon
R. Merritt Flowers
Ruthie Peretti
Total Media Productions

A very special thank you to our exceptional staff and volunteers!

A big JAZZ HOUSE KiDS thank you to everyone who supported us at our 15th Anniversary Gala on October 24th!

It’s not too late to make your voice heard! Click below to make a donation in honor of our anniversary year.