COMMUNITY BUILDING THROUGH JAZZ

Based in the heart of the Catskills, the Catskill Jazz Factory is a "regional arts think-tank" and "formidable jazz incubator" (HV Almanac Weekly) founded in 2012 with an aim to support today’s best young jazz artists. Catskill Jazz Factory offers year-round school workshops, concerts, mountaintop residencies, lectures, and world-class performances in diverse spaces to a variety of regional audiences across the Hudson Valley, NYC and beyond by partnering with educational facilities, arts organizations, and a variety of non-profits and businesses. Venues range from mountaintop coffee & donut shops and local high schools to recent concert series collaborations with the New York Botanical Garden, the Bard SummerScape Spiegeltent, and the Uncharted Series at Greenwich House.

Previous programs boast collaborations with a number of world-class musicians, including pianists Marcus Roberts and Dan Tepfer, trombonists Wycliffe Gordon and Chris Washburne, and vocalists Charenee Wade and Cecile McLorin Salvant. Recent residency leaders include Vince Giordano, Vuyo Sotashe, Brianna Thomas, Aaron Johnson, John Lumpkin, and Sam Reider.

The Catskill Jazz Factory is a program of 23Arts Initiative, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

A POWERFUL NEW ARTS MODEL WITH 3 CORE ELEMENTS:

  • Providing artist residencies and project support to a variety of young, top quality jazz artists to incubate world premiere programs 
  • Introducing artists into villages, educational institutions and a host of venues to promote community building through jazz
  • Serving as a launch point for our artists to develop brand new, innovative projects to then present to larger and diverse audiences across the country

IN FIVE YEARS, OUR ACHIEVEMENTS HAVE BEEN PHENOMENAL:

  • WORKED with 21 schools across 8 Hudson Valley school districts 
  • PARTNERED with over 25 local, regional and NYC-based arts/community organizations & businesses
  • PRESENTED at over 20 venues throughout the Hudson Valley
  • HIRED over 150 jazz musicians 
  • EMPLOYED 25 people and WORKED ALONGSIDE countless volunteers