With sincere gratitude …

The 2021 Blue Jay Jazz Festival that took place at ALA Tavern Bay on August 27 and 28 has drawn praise as a phenomenal success and our best event ever.

I know that this landmark Festival was the result of landmark support from our amazing community of jazz lovers.

On behalf of the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation, I want to thank everyone who had a hand in this year’s concerts for making those two days of music and cooperation a reflection of our mountain hamlet’s resilience, volunteerism, and welcoming spirit.

This large-scale undertaking would not be possible without the gift of time, talent and treasure from volunteers, and the financial support of our sponsors and donors, the coordination and generosity of the Arrowhead Lake Association, our bounty of promotional support from our two media partners, Mountain News and Alpine Mountaineer.

Our Foundation Board was thrilled to present three outstanding young musicians with $1500 scholarships each this year and give them an opportunity to play with the award winning Cal Baptist jazz band and local favorite Rod Piazza’s harmonica blues band.

From the performers and participating leaders and students to honoree actress, singer songwriter Gloria Loring, our commitment to jazz appreciation and music education excellence set an example for communities beyond our mountain.

Among the flood of compliments we’ve received is a special comment from a family member of Friday headliner, keyboardist, vocalist and composer Patrice Rushen. “We’ve seen our ‘sister’ Patrice play hundreds of gigs around the world. Rarely have we seen her perform with so much joy and compassion. Thank you for your hospitality, magnificent lakeside venue and show of kindness and appreciation for Patrice’s extraordinary gifts. Kudos to Lake Arrowhead.”

If you wish to share your experience, please email us at info@bluejayjazz.org.

Thank you and congratulations to all our jazz lovers and mountain community residents!

Chris Levister
Blue Jay Jazz Foundation

The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation
is a non-profit organization
promoting jazz appreciation and
music education for residents of the
San Bernardino Mountain communities.



On September 2, the Tudor House in Lake Arrowhead
hosted the launch of the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation's
event to collect instruments … "Celebrating Music,
Supporting Local Schools" garnered a half-dozen
musical instruments for Rim High and over $1000 dollars!



Local guitarist and 2015 Blue Jay Jazz Scholarship
recipient Cameron Harris returns to the mountain
to launch a musicians collaborative with his band.

READ BLOG POST2015 BJJF Scholarship Recipient Cameron Harris back making music on the mountain


Blue Jay Jazz Foundation 2021 'Future Generation Jazz Scholarships' awarded to four Graduating Rim High Seniors for exemplary dedication to their music (left to right): William Rubio, Veronica Young and Jonathan Angel.



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).



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.



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.

READ STORYFoundation supporter Diana Ruch (third from left) with board members Lori Seneniuk, Dave Bennett and Hugh Bialecki