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Las Vegas Youth Jazz Orchestra Spring Concert Video

The Jazz Outreach Initiative showcased the Las Vegas Youth Jazz Orchestra's Spring 2024 Concert at the College of Southern Nevada School of Music on Sunday, May 19th. This big band and combo ensemble, features gifted young jazz musicians from middle to high school. Under the direction of Gary Cordell, co-founder and VP of Education & Programming at Jazz Outreach Initiative, the orchestra receives mentorship from The JOI Jazz Orchestra professionals such as Sonny Hernandez, Curt Miller, Eddie Rich, and John Summers, as well as Yolandus Douglas and Grammy® nominee Rachel Eckroth. Students from the UNLV Division of Jazz & Commercial Music and LVYJO alumni Ben Bernstein and Chris Rodarte also provide guidance. Kenny Rampton, co-founder and Artistic Director of JOI (also with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis), oversees the artistic direction. The big band and its combos perform professional level scores. For more information about the Las Vegas Youth Jazz Orchestra and other educational, outreach, and performance programs by Jazz Outreach Initiative, visit

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