We believe in the power of music to connect, to engage and to transform
We bring dynamic music programs into underserved schools and gather exceptional musicians together to perform free concerts for the community.
Comprised of some of the top musicians in the country, our 67-member orchestra performs free concerts for the community and has played with renowned jazz soloists like George Duke, Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, Lee Ritenour and The Yellowjackets.
Every year, the SJO — in partnership with the The ASCAP Foundation — awards a commissioning prize to a composer, whose new work is then premiered by the orchestra in concert.
Our Work in Schools
We bring much-needed music education to 175 classrooms every week of the school year, with a focus on schools in underserved neighborhoods. This means that we reach 4,500 students with this year-long program.
From counting out rhythms, to introducing instruments, to learning about the history of blues music, these residencies inspire students to learn about the world around them and to question, create and express.
The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra has served over 60,000 young people and their families across Los Angeles County.
WHAT IS Symphonic Jazz?
Have you ever heard Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue? If not, take a listen.
If so, then you’ve heard Symphonic Jazz. Coined by the American band leader Paul Whiteman in the early 1920s, Symphonic Jazz is an innovative hybrid form of music blending the worlds of jazz and classical music.