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Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree

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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.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Liz Einsig W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a very well-run operation that creates an outstanding annual music festival, complete with many opportunities for expanding your horizons about different types of music through their excellent selection of bands. Their strong leadership, volunteers, inclusion of local high schools, and treatment of the musicians are unparalleled!


Client Served

Rating: 5

Although it was my first year at the Jamboree, I did one thing absolutely right, attending with two jazz lovers who'd been to the Jamboree since its first years of creation. It is so obvious that the performers are world-class musicians. Being around so many people who appreciate good music is an awe-inspiring experience. Many times so poignant I was close to tears. I'm a journalist and good with words, yet am at a loss trying to describe the feeling present during that week. I'll give it a weak shot: Camaraderie, spirit, a common beauty, soul. My only regret is that I've missed so many years in the past, not understanding what Sun Valley's got going that last week of October. I'm now a jazz convert, something I'll share with my siblings, children, grandchildren and friends. Huge bravos to those who worked so hard to put this together! http://appetiteforidaho.blogspot.com/2012/11/sun-valley-music-in-mountains.html ---Look, you even inspired a blog. Loved every minute, can't thank you enough. ~Amy Larson