15 Year Anniversary


OCTOBER 24, 2017: A date that has gone 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.

Our audience opened up their hearts, and their 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.

Tables at the Jazz House Kids 15 Year Anniversary


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.

15 year anniversary honoring McCoy Tyner
Honoring Roy Haynes at the 15 year Anniversary


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.

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!

Emerging Musician at the 15 Year anniversary
Emerging Musicians at the 15 year Anniversary



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 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! 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