A non-profit organization dedicated to the performance,
promotion and preservation of traditional jazz.

Passing the Torch

The South Bay Traditional Jazz Society has a Youth Outreach program in order to "pass the torch" on to the next generation of traditional jazz musicians! Jim O'Briant is the SBTJS Director of Youth Activies and can be reached at

If you are a young musician interested in learning more about Traditional Jazz, or if you know of any young trad bands or players please contact Jim O'Briant so we can offer guidance, instruction, and a chance to play more of this music! And those would like to make a donation toward jazz camp scholarships for young trad musicians, please also contact Jim O'Briant.

Over the years we have sponsored young musicians who would benefit from attending a jazz camp or festival if they had funding to do so. These include the Sacramento Youth Trad Jazz Festival which takes place in February, and the Teagarden Jazz Camp, also operated by the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society, held in July or August. We've also sponsored young players over the age of 18 to the A.F.C.D.J.S. (America's Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society) Adult Traditional Jazz Camp, held each January in San Diego.

In August 2016 we provided full scholarship for two young musicians to the Teagarden Jazz Camp. Trombonist Karen Cruz and banjoist Vincent Arganza were both members of the high school band "Dixie Dominus." Some will remember them when they played a set for the SBTJS in March of 2015.

Trombonist Karen Cruz (second from left) and banjoist Vincent Arganza on the right) attended the 2016 Teagarden Jazz Camp on SBTJS scholarships. Clarinetist Rebecca Rodriquez (second from right) attended the 2015 Mammoth Jazz Camp, also on a scholarship from SBTJS.


Karen Cruz, trombone         Vincent Arganza, banjo

Here are videos of the bands they were in for the camp: