American Jazz Venues is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded by legendary band leader and educator Clem DeRosa, and comprised of jazz artists, educators, and enthusiasts from diverse professions and backgrounds. Organized in 2001, our singular focus is to preserve America’s indigenous musical art form: jazz.
We strive to put jazz artists and orchestras in front of live audiences - engaging music lovers in the art form invariably creates new jazz fans. We are also dedicated to providing the best educational programs available for students and teachers interested in learning how jazz "works."
To that end, our own "American Jazz Repertory Orchestra" (AJRO) performs regularly, and each performance includes a strong educational component.
It is our intent to partner with local ensembles from the scholastic community. In doing so, we encourage the development of young audiences. The future of our art form is assured by engendering a passion for jazz among our youth - a passion that will endure.
The advice I am giving always to all my students is above all to study the music profoundly... music is like the ocean, and the instruments are little or bigger islands, very beautiful for the flowers and trees.