Since our founding in 2008, NYJAZZ has performed coast to coast. From Birdland to Yoshi's, Town Hall to WABC TV, scores of radio stations, and Carnegie Hall performances, NYJAZZ has not only developed a following for an ensemble described as "stellar musicians" and "the most expressive artists on the scene", but has also attracted the support of Foundations and Organizations who have been instrumental in supporting the new music compossed and produced by Rob Derke & the NYJAZZ Quartet and our guest artists in live performances and on recordings that include Mad About Thad (Jazzheads) and Blue Divide (ZOHO).
NYJAZZ was founded to foster the advancement, creative spirit, and appreciation of jazz arts through education and performance activities that harness the talent ofour faculty members that include master jazz musicians, NEA Jazz Masters, and numerous Grammy winners to educate and inspire the next generation of performers and audience members. For music students, it is reminiscent of a time when students of jazz learned their art form on the bandstand alongside the masters. In an effort to see a future where new music will have the necessary support to grow and evolve, NYJAZZ has reached THOUSANDS of students in a successful bid to build a connection between Jazz, our history as a nation, and the impact the arts will have on their future.
NYJAZZ Quartet members teaching hundreds of students from across NYC - with Rob Derke, Eric McPherson, Carlo De Rosa, and Aruan Ortiz.NEA Jazz Master and legendary percussionist Candido Camero performing with NYJAZZ and the Green Valley High School Jazz Ensemble at Birdland."Rob Derke and Carlo De Rosa performed and improvised with technical brilliance."
 - NY Concert Review, Jan. 2012, Carnegie HallNYJAZZ at Birdland with Bobby Sanabria.After days of intensive educational workshops and rehearsals, Bobby Sanabria leads the big band in a tribute to Machito and Mario Bauza at Birdland.NYJAZZ Artistic Director Rob Derke at Birdland.Jon Faddis, Ralph Lalama, and the Vanguard University Big Band in a tribute to Thelonious Monk at Town Hall.NYJAZZ Bassist and Artistic Coordinator Carlo De Rosa.NYJAZZ Quintet at the Iridium with guests Ingrid Jensen and Ralph Lalama.The NYJAZZ QuartetNYJAZZ on the set at WABC TV with host Sandra Bookman.The NYJAZZ QuartetThe NYJAZZ QuartetThe NYJAZZ QuartetEric McPherson, drumsAruan Ortiz, pianoCarlo De Rosa, bassRob Derke, soprano saxophone
NYJAZZ is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Funding has been provided by:
Composer's commission made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
"Blue Divide" was supported by The Aaron Copland Fund For Music.
Educational Residency Programs were supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Chamber Music America.
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to keep new music and Jazz Education alive for future generations!!!