The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation
is a non-profit organization
promoting jazz appreciation and
music education for residents of the
San Bernardino Mountain communities.
2020 JAZZ SCHOLARSHIPS
Blue Jay Jazz Foundation 2020
'Future Generation Jazz Scholarships'
awarded to four Graduating Rim High Seniors
for exemplary dedication to their music (clockwise
from top left): Logan Arrowood, Karen Salazar,
Walker DeVries and Margie Whitten.
THE COVID-19 IMPACT
While the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation Board
continues to prepare contingencies for jazz in August,
the 2020 Blue Jay Jazz Festival remains tentative.
Click the link below to read our Board's full statement.
Blue Jay Jazz Directors Chris and Ernie
Levister returned to sea to reunite with
Blue Jay at Sea passengers and players
in January 2020 – including bassist Marcus
Miller and 2019 Blue Jay Jazz Festival
headliner Eric Marienthal (at right).
'HOT' FOR TEACHERS
While attending the JazzTimes and Jazz at Lincoln Center
2020 Jazz Congress, our Blue Jay Jazz Managing Director
had the good fortune to catch 'A Philly Reunion' at
Blue Note, with (left to right in photo) Lil John Roberts,
Christian McBride, Kurt Rosenwinkle and Joey DeFrancesco.
It was a treasure of music education appreciation, with
a half-dozen of the quartet's high school mentors on hand.
TAKIN' IT LAKESIDE
For its 19th Annual Blue Jay Jazz Festival,
the Foundation took the festival to the edge …
of Lake Arrowhead and two locations! And,
for the first time the concert series
took place on three consecutive days.
FOUNDATION IN MUSIC
The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation's annual work on behalf
of the San Bernardino Mountain community's residents
and students is possible because of financial and
volunteer support from the community. In 2019,
Dinah Ruch became the Jazz Festival's first co-sponsor
when the Bill and Dinah Ruch Family Foundation joined
Blue Jay Jazz Foundation to co-present Yuko Mabuchi Trio.