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 as we were privileged to present many jazz legends and showcase many next generation stars.

In 2019 we enjoyed an historic leap forward with our first three-consecutive-day Festival, our first two-location concert series, and the first time our stages were on the shores of Lake Arrowhead. The same energy and excitement that launched those early jam sessions is now fueling our plans to create what will be our 20th Anniversary Festival, coincidentally in 2020! We hope all our Mountain Community businesses and residents will help us make our upcoming Festival an even bigger success and help us attract music lovers from across the region to discover the wonderful amenities of our communities.


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, center, surrounded by board members and community supporters introduces Uriel Ponce and Ryan Whitty (far right), two of the year's Scholarship Winners on opening night of the 2019 Blue Jay Jazz Festival.


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