What we do

Jazz in the Neighborhood was created by musicians to bring talented artists, developing players, and communities together for live music events. Our programs provide jazz education, support local venues, and enable dedicated professionals to pass a vital legacy on to the next generation.

How it works

With the help of our advisory panel, we are building a roster of talented Bay Area jazz instrumentalists and singers who also serve as mentors. We work with local school band directors and teachers to match these musicians with educational programs that inspire young players.

These professional artists, students, members of the Jazz in the Neighborhood Big Band, and others collaborate in live performances at our partner venues in local neighborhoods.

To offset the costs of these events and supplement salaries for musicians and mentors, we seek foundation grants; corporate and local business sponsorships; musician union funding support for live performances; and donations from PTAs, other school support groups, and individuals.

We raise money under the nonprofit sponsorship of Intersection for the Arts.

We keep our operations lean so most of these funds can go into performer and mentor salaries. Jazz in the Neighborhood is about respect for the music and musicians, and creating community around that music.