Welcome to Blue Jay Jazz!

It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 30 years since bandleader Tommy Newsom and members of the famed NBC Tonight Show Orchestra headlined our first official jazz concert in a Blue Jay parking lot!

The Annual Blue Jay Jazz Festival has grown considerably since then and is growing again in 2019. Along the way we have been privileged to present many jazz legends and proud to showcase many next generation stars.

This summer, the same energy and excitement that launched those early jam sessions will fuel a new format and emphasis on our mountain community as a truly unique California travel destination. On May 1 we announced Festival details, which you can read about .


There is a part for everyone to play. You can help support the programs of the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation – from its annual Blue Jay Jazz Festival to its year-round instrument lending program and scholarships for students. Financial support is welcome through donations. To make a tax-free donation to the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation, email us at info@bluejayjazzfoundation.org and we will contact you about a secure way to provide a gift for yourself or in the memory of a that favorite Jazz lover who inspired you.

Every dollar we receive will be put to good use. Entirely run by its volunteer board, there is no paid staff. So every dollar goes to the programs and Festival operations.

And be sure to engage with us on our social media platforms, available at the bottom of each webpage.

Thank you!

Chris Levister
Blue Jay Jazz Foundation

Top photo: Blue Jay Jazz Foundation Board Member Dr. Hugh Bialecki introduces the 2018 'Future Generations of Jazz' Scholarship Winners at that year's Jazz Festival at SkyPark Santa's Village.


Lynne B. Wilson & Associates
Coldwell Banker Skyridge Realty
Jensen’s Finest Foods
Prime Properties
Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty
Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead
Soroptimist International Rim of the World
Ed & Midge Reisman
Richard Nevins, Esq.
Friends IV Life, LLC
Fischle Instant Printing
The Mountain News
Adrianna Marie Hansen & L.A. Jones
Alexandra’s Emporium
The Lake House
Polly Sauer
The Grill at Lake Arrowhead & Antler’s Inn
Dr. Patrick & Jo Bonita Rains
Tom and Mary Kay Bachman
Gloria Anderson
The Alpine Mountainer / Alpenhorn News
Dogwood Tavern
SkyPark at Santa’s Village
Greg Izay
Gloria Loring
Dr. Kyi Kyi Win
Friends of Jazz at UCLA
L.A. Jazz Society
Rim of the World Education Foundation
Laura Litton MacFarlane
Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Hugh A. Bialecki
Lori Semeniuk
Dr. Ernest C. Levister
Christine Levister
Dave Bennett Construction