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Vote for us! Best of SanDiego CityBeat Favorite Music School!

Please VOTE HERE for the International Academy of Jazz as your favorite music school.  Read More to cast your ballot.  Choose your favorites in at least 14 other categories for your vote to count!. The ballot records your votes as you go - there's no "Submit" button. You may vote daily - once per category per day that will be counted, and at least 15 categories must be completed for your votes to count. 

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IAJ Ambassadors performing at Ronald McDonald House

Once again, IAJ is honored to announce our Ambassadors will perform on April 7th, 2018 at the Ronald McDonald House located at 2929 Children’s Way, San Diego, 92123. The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families caring for children with serious or life-threatening illnesses. Our performance furthers our mission to Keep Hopes, Dreams and Jazz alive by seeking to connect children, their families, and students with music as part of their healing journey. We are deeply grateful for this opportunity to be part of this amazing community.

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The Gypsy Swing Cats perform at SeaWorld March 28th, 29, and 30th

Our very own Executive Director, Guy Gonzales, along with IAJ instructor Evona Wascinski, will be performing this week with his Django Reinhardt trio called THE GYPSY SWING CATS at SeaWorld during the Seven Seas Food Festival. This event features fresh cuisine featuring local, sustainable ingredients and unique signature flavors from around the world. It is a perfect combination of SUN, FOOD and GREAT MUSIC! Come hear THE GYPSY SWING CATS perform at SeaWorld on the French Stage on March 28th, 29th, and 30th from 11AM to 3PM ! https://seaworld.com/san-diego/events/craft-beer-and-food-festival/

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IAJ Welcomes Curtis Taylor

IAJ is very pleased to welcome Grammy Award winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor to our roster of instructors. Curtis Taylor's lyrical and melodic improvisational style displays a level of maturity far beyond his counterparts. His unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities and rhythm melt together for an unforgettable sound that directly connects with the soul of the listener. According to Taylor, “ When played honestly, music is the ultimate conveyer of truth and beauty.” Taylor has performed and recorded with Patrice Rushen, Billy Childs, Gary Novak, Bob Sheppard, Ed Motta, Marvin "Smitty' Smith, Rodney Whitaker, Antonio Hart and great gospel luminaries Karen

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SHADOW MAN: The story of Sammy Nestico – a Man & his Music

SHADOW MAN - The Sammy Nestico Story is a feature-length documentary film that explores the music, art, humanity, impact, and life of Sammy Nestico. It's a story we think needs to be told and also preserved. Over the past century, Sammy Nestico has been a giant contributor to the world of music - a true maestro - as a composer, orchestrator, writer, and arranger across the genres of classical, jazz, and big band sounds….His greatest musical love has been working with youngsters and students pursuing their dream. He loves being an educator and mentor. His impact in this area is

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SALSA UNDER THE STARS APRIL 13, FRIDAY at 5:30pm

Grossmont College Music Department presents Manny Cepeda Orchestra with a special guest performance by Derek Cannon! Save this night on your calendar and help support Grossmont College Music Department!  Enjoy San Diego's best musicians, salsa lessons, and great tasting food by Taco Company and Student Clubs knowing your ticket helps music students!  You won't want to miss this! It will be an amazing night!      

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New Breed Brass Concert February 28th

Art Power is committed to providing opportunities for IAJ students to experience music at its finest.  We appreciate their support and we are looking forward to the New Breed Brass Band concert on February 28th! This band lives and breathes the culture of New Orleans, infusing funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass-band tradition. It’s easy to predict a great night of music is in our future!  

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Jammin’ Potluck

IAJ performing jazz 2018

Thank you to all the families who joined us for our "Jammin Potluck", on Saturday February, 24 2018! While the students were jammin' families enjoyed wonderful food and company! New families were welcomed into the group with incredible love and support. We applaud our IAJ students for putting on a very entertaining show, and we hope everyone had a wonderful time!

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IAJ Ambassadors perform at Southwestern Yacht Club

  IAJ Ambassadors perform at Southwestern Yacht Club. They were stellar the whole evening, but it was the last song of the night, Cold Duck Time, that had the crowd cheering. Ben “kicks” into action on the keys. Lucas, takes a walk through the park, everybody loved that!  Kaden's drum solo is amazing, best we have heard yet.  Sam peers think of him now as a sax playing sailor.  And, Chris  was rock solid not just in this song, but throughout the entire evening keeping it together with that low velvety hum.   He must have been beat the next day.  The musicians, and

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