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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Bands & Ensembles

Mission: The purpose of the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to promote and facilitate education about, preservation of, and live performance of traditional jazz, ragtime and sing music as Original American art forms. This includes, but is not limited to, coordinating school clinics, workshops, historical presentations, and live performances by youth and professional musicians at the annual Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree.

Results: Over two decades since it's inception, the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree continues to delight festival goers form all fifty of the United States and dozens of foreign countries. In October each year, this five day event fills the streets with adoring fans, the air with upbeat jazz music and warms the hearts of those in attendance.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, I've been involved with the sun Valley jazz festival for over 25 years. the last 10 years I have chaperoned our current Miss Idaho(Miss America) contests as she hosted the festival. it is such a rewarding function. it enables fine musician and our older and younger community to par take in a wealth of music. All of the Miss Idaho contestants have named this appearance to be one of their top three.

it is so important to keep this genre of music alive and well.... Keep jazzin

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our volunteer work at the Sun Valley Jazz Festival is always a highlight of our year. We travel the world around 8 months of the year and are so proud that our little home state of Idaho provides such an outstanding experience that easily matches other worldwide events and venues. The SVJF is always a very high quality experience in every way...music, organization, facilities, reasonable cost, beautiful venues, gorgeous surrounding area, professionalism, friendliness, fun, romance, etc. etc. etc. The organizers, especially Sonne, the Volunteer Mgr., makes our work a very enjoyable experience. We especially appreciate her efforts to schedule our work times convenient to our personal desires and needs. Patrons frequently comment how volunteers really enjoy their service and also ask us how they can become volunteers themselves. This event, and the opportunity to volunteer, is one of Idaho's nicest secrets, and usually takes people very pleasantly by surprise when they discover it. I wish somehow we could publicize it even more, because those who finally discover it usually return again and again. A major discovery of ours that causes us to never miss it is that the music is not just jazz alone, but also includes big band, gospel, R & B, Rock & Roll, Country, Classical, blue grass, etc....plus, dancing venues and lessons. We are in our 70's, nearing our Golden Anniversary, and fall in love again each time we go! Dick and Lawana Johnson

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best 5 days of the year are in October at the Sun Valley Jazz Festival! My husband and I have attended since 2000. We have been volunteers for 4 years.The organizers treat the volunteers like "gold".They consider your wishes when making out schedules and appreciate you being there. We enjoy being part of this friendly atmosphere. The organization of the venues and free transportation is all very well done. The music is wonderful and varied with great talent from the young musicians to the more seasoned. The musicians enjoy performing in this beautiful setting for people who LOVE the music. Standing ovations are many to let the performers know they are appreciated. We look forward to this event every year! We always come away feeling upbeat and happy. As we drive back to Colorado we have many CD's to relive the music that ended too soon. Nettie & Bruce

2 Jean I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first exposure to the Sun Valley Jazz Festival was in 1995; in 1997 I began volunteering and haven't missed a festival. Being a volunteer gives you an all inclusive feeling. Besides being helpful to the attendees and enjoying wonderful music, we are constantly being thanked for our help and appreciated by the Founders' family, the musicians, other volunteers and, most outwardly, by the volunteer coordinator, who does everything in her power to maintain a smooth working volunteer experience. Sun Valley is a beautiful setting, and the towns people are welcoming and friendly. This American- born jazz music is on the decline so the importance of this festival is one of awareness, promotion, and survival. In the last few years we have seen more young people participating in and enjoying the jazz at the Jamboree.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few years ago my husband and our friends came to the SunValley Jazz. We experience one of the most enjoyable days of music in a beautiful surroundings . We were greeted by volunteers that made us feel they were really happy to be a part of the festival. We talked about it and decided we wanted to become part of the family of volunteers . We joined about 5 years ago. What a great experience. Each year we meet new friends, the music continues to be outstanding and the sponsors fantastic. This year I was given the honor of becoming site manager for the IceRink. I had one of the greatest group of volunteers making my job fun. Thank you directors and fellow volunteers for making 5 days in October a time we look forward to and plan for the rest of the year. Special thanks to Carol,Jeff and Sonnie. If you haven't met them you're missing a great experience

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree is one of the most heart-warming events I’ve become involved with. The music is varied enough to appeal to almost every music lover. The Jamboree is not restricted to merely jazz music, it includes dance classes and competitions, movie day, vocal class, and other fun activities. The venues are well-thought out and easily accessed. The musicians are the best of the best and are very accessible to patrons; their love of music shows throughout their sessions and their planned or unplanned jam sessions. The volunteers are a happy, friendly FAMILY, with the Festival Directors and super-friendly Volunteer Coordinator as the family head. The managers of each area of the festival quickly become friends. I first became involved with the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree to spend time with a friend who had moved to the East Coast, but became part of the family after just one year. I would greatly miss this event should I ever be unable to attend.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first year of being a volunteer at the Sun Valley venue for the Jazz Jamboree. It is so refreshing to volunteer for an event that everyone comes out of the performances smiling and happy. The feedback after each performance was always positive and "upbeat". The talent and professionalism of the groups that perform is second to none! The variety of bands chosen gives the guest an opportunity to experience different styles of jazz. The food at the venues is delicious and reasonable and the venues are easy to go from one to the other. I hope to be involved with this Jazz Jamboree for many years to come. This is one jazz event not to be missed!!! Nancy Mihalic

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been much involved in the Sun valley Jazz Jamboree for the past decade as Site Managers of one of the largest venues. We have the fun of enlisting many of our friends to help us and have become our extended family. The musical talent that comes together every October is just amazing. When we look at the impact the SVJJ Jamboree is having on both young and old, we are renewed each year and reminded of how fortunate we are to have this a part of our Community. Lynn & Sharon Bockemohle

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you enjoy a wide variety of musical experiences (solo piano, dynamic 2 to 9 member musical groups from all over the US plus a hilarious banjo & washtub & musical show) then you need to schedule the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree for the third week of October in Sun Valley, Idaho. You can listen to outstanding professionals (30 groups plus) from your comfortable seat while gazing out massive windows at a ski mountain of fall colors or snow--a yearly surprise! Free shuttle buses deliver you between lodge locations plus stroll the pond-flower-small boutique walkways between the SV Inn and SV Lodge. Don't forget to get your popcorn at the Opera House before sitting for Old Time movies on Tuesday and musical groups Wed-Sunday. ..... We have volunteered for 5 years and meet SO many wonderful people from all provinces of Canada and every state in the USA. It is a week to tap your feet, burn up the dance floors and grin from ear to ear. DON'T MISS THIS EXPERIENCE. Sonnie

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I stumbled into this wonderful event 9 years ago. 8 years ago I became an annual volunteer. About 6 years ago I became a full-time properties manager of this event. I am still a volunteer and spend most of my life each year dedicated to assisting in making sure EVERYONE knows of this event. The variety of jazz form as well as the great bands in one of the most beautiful natural settings (Sun Valley) make this Jazz Festival the best in the country! You must come to see the Jazz Festival that is ours and not theirs. This, folks, is a guarantee of the best time you will ever have in this life time.