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8:00am – 6:45pm
Sac. State University
6000 J Street
Friday Jam Session
"Jazz Sunday" concert
The Trad. Jazz Youth Band Festival is an all-day festival dedicated to the performance and teaching of traditional jazz, with combo bands performing non-competitively.
Every combo receives feedback and lead-sheet clinics following its performance.
Also included: an optional Friday evening (pre-festival) Clinicians-mentored jam session, Saturday Jazz Clinics, noon Jazz 'n' Pizza, evening Showcase & Awards concert, plus admission to the STJS "Jazz Sunday" at the Elks Lodge #6 (Riverside Blvd. & Florin Rd.).
TJYBF is believed to be the only scholastic festival for Dixieland or traditional jazz, and is open to school bands, jazz club-sponsored bands, and independent youth bands.
Anyone may purchase a festival pass to attend performances. For 2016, we welcome
Click here to download the Qualifications info and the two necessary forms: Registration, and Tune Selection / Combo Personnel (PDF format).
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The TJYBF presents student ensembles playing traditional (trad) jazz. The term “traditional jazz” as used here means the various styles of New Orleans jazz and their outgrowths, encompassing styles sometimes called Dixieland, classic jazz, hot jazz, Chicago style, San Francisco style, etc. A hallmark of traditional jazz is the New Orleans tradition of several wind instruments playing polyphonically, i.e., ensemble improvisation. These styles are described in detail in the Style Guide on the Traditional Jazz Educators Network web site.
Bands accepted to perform at the TJYBF must meet all criteria:
The Traditional Jazz Educators Network (TJEN) maintains a comprehensive listing of commercially-available traditional jazz resources, including arrangements, transcriptions, lead sheets/“fake” books, play-along sets, method books, web sites and the like. TJEN also maintains a Resource Library of such materials that it makes available to educators at no charge.
Click here for LEAD SHEETS
When planning your program, please keep in mind that your performance time slot includes entry, set-up, announcements, performance, and exit. We recommend that you program only enough music to allow at least 5-7 minutes for entering and exiting the stage. Thanks for being considerate of others' time.
Noon Pizza Jam
The Jazz 'n' Pizza jam session for student musicians will take place at 12 noon. Festival clinicians and selected STJS Gold Card musicians will host jam sets for students and band directors. Our Hospitality Committee will provide will provide the lunches (Round Table Pizza).
Friday Jam Session with Clinicians
As a pre-festival warmup, there's an open jam session on Friday night where festival participants can sit-in with the clinicians in front of an audience at Round Table Pizza (9138 Kiefer Blvd., Sac. - see JAM map). 6–8:30pm. NOTE: Final location is subject to change.
STJS "Jazz Sunday"
STJS will present the all-star CLINICIANS BAND and other artists at "Jazz Sunday," the monthly meeting of the STJS (Sac. Trad. Jazz Society), taking place the day after the youth festival. Admission to "Jazz Sunday" at the ELKS Lodge #6 is by donation:
All festival events will take place in Capistrano Hall. Vehicles can be parked on the student side of Parking Structure #1, adjacent to Capistrano Hall. After student drop off, buses may park in Student Lot 8, or Faculty/Staff Lot 1. Please refer to the Sac State map for locations. Parking is free and open to the public on the day of the festival.
Individual musicians will be eligible for over $4,500 of merit awards and scholarships:
(* Now that the festival is a non-competitive event, depending on the number of these bands enrolled in a given year, Jazz Club/Private Bands will be placed into a grade-level performance venue based on the current grade level of the band's eldest musician.)
Festival Passes & Concert TICKETS
$12 AT-THE-DOOR tickets:
$10 ADVANCE tickets:
Festival & Event MAPS
For visitor information, campus parking map, and driving directions to Sacramento State University: http://itweb.csus.edu/map/
These food vendors will be open Sat. in the nearby Univ. Union:
The following nearby restaurants offer good and affordable meals:
— Registration Form must
Click here to download the necessary forms (Application, and Tune Selection) in PDF format.
DEADLINE for registration: December 15.
Registration is $150.
LATE Registration is $200 on a
space-available basis until
Band Registration Fee
The registration fee for the TJYBF is $150. This fee includes:
Registration-fee refunds will be given if the festival is cancelled by Sac State Jazz Studies or STJS. Participant-initiated cancellations must be received before January 3rd and will be subject to a $25 processing fee.
Travel & Accommodations
Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to be working in conjunction with the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society and can assist you with your hotel, transportation, dining and sightseeing needs for the festival. Please contact Tourism Sales Manager Linda Eldred at 916-808-8989; or e-mail her at email@example.com
Trad Jazz Youth Band Festival (TJYBF) • Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society Foundation(STJSF)