The thrill of live jazz in paradise…

The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation’s Festival 2023 will be presenting an amazing lineup of world class jazz, big band, and dazzling virtuoso musicians.

The BJJF is one of the most scenic jazz festivals for fans to enjoy taking place lakeside in the majestic mountains of Southern California. “This is a respite for music lovers to swing and dance away the blues”, says Chris Levister, Blue Jay Jazz Foundation Board President.

The immersive 3-day live jazz experience included two evenings; Thursday and Friday, August 24 & 25 at Arrowhead Lake Association’s Tavern Bay Beach Club. Evening lineups included Grammy Nominated, Lisa Haely and The Zydekats for a fun fill concert of Americana/Cajun/Zydeco music and Lao Tizer Band featuring Grammy Award-winning Eric Marienthal, and the sultry vocals of Maiya Sykes.

Thursday evening musical performances also included the award-winning Cal Baptist University Jazz Ensemble with special guest performances by the 2023 Blue Jay Jazz Foundation Future Generation Jazz Scholars.

Saturday, August 26 the party moved to Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa for a early afternoon of live jazz with Grammy Award-winning George Whitty and the George Whitty Trio & Friends LAKESIDE on the outdoor terrace. Experience sensational live jazz under tall pine trees overlooking he beautiful lake. 

Best of all, the 2023 Jazz Festival is for a good cause – Proceeds help provide instruments, equipment and music making opportunities for our local youth.

August 24 – ALA Tavern Bay
Grammy Nominated Lisa Haley and The Zydekats
Cal Baptist Jazz Ensemble
2023 Future Generation Jazz Scholars

August 25 – ALA Tavern Bay
Lao Tizer Band
featuring Grammy winning
Eric Marienthal

August 26 – Resort & Spa
Grammy winning, George Whitty, Keyboardist
George Whitty Trio


Thursday, August 24, 2023
ALA Tavern Bay Beach Club

Grammy Award Nominated


Cameron “Cam” Tyler – Drums, Percussion and Vocals
David Fraser – Accordion, Keyboards, Harmonica
Andy Anders – Electric Bass, Vocals


and the 2023 Future Generation Jazz Scholars

Friday, August 25, 2023
ALA Tavern Bay Beach Club


Featuring Grammy Award winning Saxophonist,


Maiya Sykes – Vocals
Gene Coye – Drums
Anthony Crawford – Bass
Joey De Leon – Percussion
Chieli Minucci – Guitar



Shannon Bizzy, Vocal
Steve Alaniz, Saxophone
Tom Fernandes, Guitar
Baba Elefante, Bass
David Hitchings, Drums

Saturday, August 26, 2023
Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa
27984 Hwy 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

Grammy Award winning Keyboardist



Andre’ Berry – Bass
Rayford Griffin – Drums
Plus Special Guests: Eric Marienthal, 2023 Future Generation Scholars, and Bruce Rubio


Major Supporters

Supporters & Donors

Goodwin & Sons Market , CAPRE Real Estate, Alpine Mountaineer, Neu Art Studio, Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa, Women’s Club of Lake Arrowhead, Four Seasons Landscape & Garden Center, Mary Dippell, Matthew Kallis & Friends of Lake Arrowhead Mountain Communities (FLAMC), Rim of the World School District, Jeff Grotewold – Carpet Station, RR Class Act Entertainment, LuluBelle’s Coffee House & Bakery.

Support the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation

We know times are challenging, and we are grateful to each of you for sticking by us. Our education programs provide annual jazz education scholarships, awards, instrument lending and live performance opportunities for students and other young people in the San Bernardino Mountain communities. We also believe that festivals in general, and the Blue Jay Jazz Festival specifically, are an incredible gathering of community around amazing music – it brings joy to our lives, and solace to our souls.

Donate Today

We ask you to consider supporting
the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation today
with a donation – so we can bring live
music to you now and for years to come.