Founded as a non-profit in 1999, Friends of Jazz’s main purpose is to keep music in the schools.   FOJ’s mission is to assure the continued growth and development of jazz performance, appreciation and education. The motto “Keeping Music In The School’s” continues to be their guiding force.

Musical education, experience and expression have the unique ability to stimulate young minds. Encouraging the enjoyment of jazz, truly an American art form, is a paramount and the standard reason for the variety of programs supported by Friends of Jazz.

Partnering with local businesses, school districts and universities has provided Friends of Jazz with a community to work together toward common goals. Programs such as the High School Showcase, fourth grade recorder program and college scholarship awards are all ways that FOJ has made an impact on young musicians throughout the county.

Funding is generated from the support of individuals, other organizations and businesses through grants and a variety of special events held throughout the year, including the annual Mardi Gras ball held every spring.

Now in our second decade of helping young musicians in Orange County, we are proud of our achievements that have touched the lives of well over 500,000 musicians and look forward to keeping music alive in the hearts and minds of so many others.


Upcoming Events

We’re tentatively planning some fun events for 2021-22:

Nat King Cole Tribute by Porter Singletary   Sunday, July 11  Fullerton Elks

Members Party   Sunday, September 19   Calderon Home

Ella Fitzgerald Tribute by Debbi Ebert   Sunday, Nov. 14*                Fullerton Elks

Sponsors Thank-You Party   January 2022

Mardi Gras 2022  Date & Location TBD

Also in the planning stages:                                                                         Elementary School Recorder Program   Fall 2021                             High School Jazz Band Program  Saturdays, Spring 2022               Small house parties (limited to 20-30 guests)

*date tentative