Neighborhood Music School’s Premier Jazz Ensemble is an audition only, full scholarship group bringing together the best and most dedicated young jazz musicians in the region. These musicians receive professional training at Neighborhood Music School and by performing in the community.
Under the direction of jazz bassist, arranger and composer Jeff Fuller, the ensemble includes All-State high school jazz musicians and seasoned adults alongside each other. The group plays in a wide variety of styles including bebop, swing, Brazilian and Afro Cuban jazz.
In the past, the group has included great young musicians who have gone on to successful college programs and careers in jazz, including Grammy nominee Christian Sands. The group was featured at the 2016 New Haven Jazz Festival, and has performed at numerous area events and venues, including the annual Cherry Blossom Festival and the Whitney Center concert series. The group has released two CDs.
Free and open to all.