Welcome to the 2018 BIG BAND JAM!

Composer arranger Alan Baylock conducts the Blues Alley Big Band


Founders Harry Schnipper and Madeline Diehl with Ernie Watts


We are pleased, proud and prepared to present the 14th Annual BIG BAND JAM! between April 27th-29th, 2018 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. The theme of next year's festival will be the "Antonio Carlos Jobim" legacy and will coincide with our 2nd annual Ella Fitzgerald jazz vocal competition: www.EllaFitzgeraldCompetition.org. The festival will culminate on Monday, April 30th for "International Jazz Day".

Your day will be filled with interactive educational opportunities including classes, seminars, performances and awards. Discussions will occur on the history, pedagogy and business of jazz music. Performances will occur every hour on the hour between 11:00 am - 4:00 pm with hourly adjudication. Further information can be found on-line at www.BIGBANDJAM.org or by contacting ExecutiveDirector@BluesAlley.org.