Since 1984, Living Jazz has designed and launched unique music education and performance programs that instill confidence, responsibility and ambition in children; motivate people of all ages and backgrounds to reach their personal and creative potential; and unite diverse communities through their shared love of jazz and related genres. Our current programs include Jazz Camp West, Jam Camp West, “In the Name of Love”, the Annual Musical Tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Living Jazz Children’s Project, and Jazz Search West.
Living Jazz understands that music is an inherent component of a healthy and vibrant society and feels that every child and adult has the right to accessible, high quality music immersion experiences.
Jazz Search West
Jazz Search West
JAZZ SEARCH WEST is the Bay Area’s Annual Jazz Talent Search for instrumentalists and vocalists (15 and up). Five exciting weekly events, open to the public, are held during March and April and culminate in a Semi-Final and Grand Finale.
At each week’s event, 16 contestants have the chance to perform with a professional rhythm section for our live audience, receiving valuable feedback from a panel of prestigious judges. All competitions are held in East Bay jazz venues and are open to the public for only a $5 entry fee. At the end of each evening, 3 finalists will be chosen (with the help of an audience vote) to move on to the Semi-Finals at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley.
Our 15 lucky semi-finalists will ultimately perform at the Grand Finale at Yoshi’s Oakland. 4 top winners will be awarded prizes designed to enhance their musical career such as a demo CD, recording studio time, full tuition to Jazz Camp West and performance opportunities.
Jazz Search West provides visibility and exciting opportunities for pre-professional artists, while educating and exposing the public to the jazz genre and emerging talent.
Living Jazz believes that music transforms lives and has remained committed to this belief since it’s inception in 1984. The programs of Living Jazz are known not only for their artistic quality, but also for their commitment to build community based on diversity, inclusion and accessibility; the distinctive way in which they encourage and support artists of all skill levels; and the artistic and personal growth they foster in participants of all ages.
The programs of Living Jazz are known not only for their artistic quality, but also for their commitment to build community based on diversity, inclusion and accessibility; the distinctive way in which they encourage and support artists of all skill levels; and the artistic and personal growth they foster in participants of all ages. Our five current programs include:
An 8-day jazz immersion program for adults and teens of all skill levels held in a stunning redwood forest in Northern CA.
A 7-day music, dance and vocal program for 10-15 year olds of all skill levels and backgrounds held in the stunning redwoods of Loma Mar, No. Ca.
The Bay Area’s Annual jazz talent search for adults and teens (15 and up).
An extensive civic and cultural event celebrating, through music, the teachings of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A free weekly music education and performance program for Oakland Title One public elementary schools.