2021 National Jazz Festival

Registration deadlines have come and gone and we are pleased to announce that we have 68 ensembles, 19 vocalists and 20 instrumentalists from 49 schools across the nation participating in the 2021 National Jazz Festival. Their video recording will be premiered on the National Jazz Festival YouTube channel on May 22, 2021. Subscribe to NJFContinue reading “2021 National Jazz Festival”

The SmartMusic Category!

2021 SmartMusic Category Thanks to SmartMusic and Alfred Music, the National Jazz Festival is offering a new competitive category to the 2021 virtual festival! We are grateful to SmartMusic and Alfred Music for partnering with us to create the “SmartMusic Category” which features the award-winning composer Gordon Goodwin and his tribute to his mentor, theContinue reading “The SmartMusic Category!”

NJF Composition Category Update!

The University of Northern Colorado’s UNC JAZZ LAB I Ensemble will record the winning piece from the NJF Composition Category! Thanks to the University of Northern Colorado’s support and collaboration, the UNC Jazz Lab I ensemble will record the winning composition chart from the National Jazz Festival’s Composition Category. The recording will premiere on MayContinue reading “NJF Composition Category Update!”

2021 LOVE Award

At the National Jazz Festival High School Jazz Competition and Festival, students are recognized for their community service. The LOVE Award honors a student who has used their passion for music to better lives of others through activism and/or community service. Students are nominated by their directors, parents or fellow musicians. Nominate a student here:Continue reading “2021 LOVE Award”

2021 Jazz Educator Award

Nominations are now being taken for the 2021 Jazz Educator Award. Awarded to an exemplary educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to students and to jazz music education. To nominate your favorite educator complete the nomination form found here….. To find out more about the categories offered at the 2021 Virtual National Jazz FestivalContinue reading “2021 Jazz Educator Award”

Registration is Open!

It is with great pleasure that we share with you that registration for the 2021 National Jazz Festival is now officially open!  We would be thrilled if you and your students were able to participate in this year’s festival which will be entirely virtual! Don’t worry, we will be back hosting an in-person National JazzContinue reading “Registration is Open!”