NJW Youth Programs

NJW Youth Programs

The mission of National Jazz Workshop youth program is to offer the highest level of instruction while promoting the jazz art form.


NJW All-Star Big Band

The NJW All-Star Big Band is audition-based and directed by Matt Niess. These select young musicians rehearse weekly and have the opportunity to participate in clinics and perform with leading players in the industry. The band is made up of high school students from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Other ensembles include the Junior Jazz Academy (for young players), combos, and alumni bands formed for special events.


Clinicians &

Guest Artists

Clinicians and guest artists have included nationally recognized artists such as Doc Severinsen, Wynton Marsalis, Sal Lazono, Randy Brecker, Charlie Young,  Alan Baylock, Victor Provost, Terell Stafford, Brian Lynch, Marshall Gilkes, and many musicians from D.C. military jazz bands. 

Extraordinary Performance Opportunities

The All-Stars have performed at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Union Stage, Jammin’ Java, Artisphere, the Historic Mint in New Orleans, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Washington DC Big Band Jam, Chantilly Jazz Festival, Essentially Ellington, and Jazz Education Network Conferences in Dallas, New Orleans, and Louisville.
Jazz Music

The NJW All-Stars program is temporarily paused and members are not currently rehearsing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back for audition information when it is safe to perform together again.