The VALLEY JAZZ CLUB
A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Traditional Jazz in the San Fernando Valley.
Regular meetings on the first Sunday of each month except for February.
The Valley Jazz Club is a not for profit organization dedicated to promoting Traditional Jazz in the San Fernando Valley. Regular meetings on the first Sunday of each month except for February.
Our regular monthly meetings consist of two hours of jam sessions with local musicians and vocalists. We invite all musicians and vocalists who love trad jazz to come down and join us. Admission for performing artists is free, just introduce yourself as a performer at the front desk and sign in at the musician table to the right of the stage. Our band director, Ed Stauss will organize musicians into four half hour sets and call your name from the stage to come up to play. Vocalists will be called in a similar manner.
At about 3:00, we change over and invite a professional organized band to come play for our attendees. Most bands are from the southern California area and are well known. We try to bring a variety of bands play for us including Swing, Big Band, Vocalists and other Trad Jazz Bands.
We also encourage the youth in our area to discover and learn traditional jazz. Each year, we receive donations from our members to send at least one jazz student to the Sacramento Jazz Camp in the summer. The selected student(s) receive admission fees to the camp plus some extra cash for spending while at camp. The students are then invited back to share their experiences and what they learned while at camp and play a couple of sets with our jamming musicians. This gives them some experience playing jazz with other musicians in a performing setting.
In May, we invite Jazz America to come play for us. Organized by Richard Simon, this group of local students is organized to give students the ability to practice and perform jazz together in a live setting. We strongly support Jazz America and their students to encourage our youth to learn and play our kind of music. We feel this is important to preserve jazz for the future of the students and others so all can enjoy jazz for along time to come.
We invite you to come down on the first Sunday of each month, except most Februarys when the Superbowl is on the first Sunday. If there are 5 Sundays in the previous January, we hold our February meeting then. Members of our club pay $7.00 for admission and non-members pay just $10.00 for admission.
The Elks Lodge provides plenty of free parking including handicap access for our guests. They also serve lunch and beverages, including alcoholic beverages at very reasonable prices for our guests.