The Nashville Youth Jazz Ensemble (NYJE) is an organization created to provide a high-level educational and performance experience in jazz band for students, ages 14-18, in the greater Nashville area. The Nashville Youth Jazz Ensemble specifically seeks to fill a community need for jazz education among young people, especially students who not have access to such an opportunity elsewhere. Through live performances, the NYJE also seeks to build appreciation and support for jazz music in our general community. Jazz can best be promoted as a living music by direct exposure as a performer or listener in a live music setting. By performing alongside regional jazz artists, students in NYJE present to our community an authentic experience in jazz, America’s truly original art form.