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Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra

Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra RYJO allows metro-Atlanta’s best young musicians between the ages of 13 and 18 to experience jazz in an immersive, educational environment. The Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra was formed in June 2011.

RYJO consists of two Big Bands (Intermediate & Advanced) and five jazz combos, RYJO exposes students to the full spectrum of jazz music and education. The students are selected through audition; participating high school students come from the following counties: Fulton, Cobb, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Clayton, and Fayette. Home schooled students are also encouraged to audition. Jazz is American music and

RYJO consists of two Big Bands (Intermediate & Advanced) and five jazz combos, RYJO exposes students to the full spectrum of jazz music and education. The students are selected through audition; participating high school students come from the following counties: Fulton, Cobb, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Clayton, and Fayette. Home schooled students are also encouraged to audition. Jazz is American music and

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01/25/2022

Join the Georgia Jazz Educators Jam Session on Friday, January 28, 8:30PM at Hendershots in Athens!
The Jazz faculty of Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University and Pace Academy join forces in this annual jazz jam hosted by Dr. Gordon Vernick. All students, faculty and alumni attending GMEA are invited to join in on the jam. Free Admission. #gsumusic #gsujazz #ksujazz #paceatl #GJEJ #hendershots

Photos from Georgia State University School of Music's post
12/09/2021

Photos from Georgia State University School of Music's post

10/12/2021

Birdland, 4:00 AM, New York City, 1960, Photo by William Claxton

"Jazz, in its most exciting form, is an art of musical improvisation. It is an immediate creation. Photography is likewise immediate...Jazz music emanates from the reality of the musician's life experiences. In photography there is the undeniable reality of the thing from which the lens and the film take their image."
~ William Claxton (October 12, 1927 – October 11, 2008)

https://www.facebook.com/TheWorldOfJazz

09/22/2020
The Saga III, by Morgan Guerin

Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra alumnus Morgan Guerin released his album; it's called The Saga III. The last in a trilogy of music outlining his transition from high school, to college, to life as a working musician, this album has been years in the making. #ryjo #morganguerin #rialtoyouthjazz #gsumusic

10 track album

Georgia State University School of Music
09/04/2020

Georgia State University School of Music

Now accepting online auditions for the Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra 2020-2021 season! The Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO) was formed by Dr. Gordon Vernick. RYJO consists of one big band and multiple jazz combos. RYJO exposes students to the full spectrum of jazz music and education. The students are selected through audition. The Application Deadline for online auditions is September 20, 2020. https://thearts.gsu.edu/educational-outreach/ryjo/

Rialto Center for the Arts
06/22/2020
Rialto Center for the Arts

Rialto Center for the Arts

“Jazz, the blues and gospel music are America’s only indigenous original art form[s]” -- Quincy Jones

The Rialto Center is committed saving the indigenous art form of jazz through our Rialto Jazz for Kids program, led by Gordon Vernick. #jazzforkids #RialtoJazz Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra Georgia State University.

Rialto Center for the Arts
04/17/2020

Rialto Center for the Arts

#FlashbackFriday: A behind the scenes look at the Rialto's Jazz for Kids students working toward mastering their skills!

Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra Honors Combo are performing throughout Georgia this week. Come out and support this talented...
07/22/2019
Rialto Honors Combo

Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra Honors Combo are performing throughout Georgia this week. Come out and support this talented group of young musicians before they head out to college!
Thursday, July 25, 8-10pm • Hendershots, Athens, GA, $5 cover
Friday, July 26, 7-9pm • The Loft, Columbus, GA, Free
Saturday, July 27, 8-11pm • Red Light Cafe, Atlanta, GA, $15

If you can't make their performance, you can catch their new album on Spotify. https://open.spotify.com/artist/1QqywxHqb6soaGv46ZSba

Rialto Honors Combo, Category: Artist, Albums: Rialto Honors Combo: Playing the Music of Roy Hargrove, Top Tracks: The Mountaings, Where Were You, All Over Again, Mental Phrasing, The Left Side, Monthly Listeners: 25, Where People Listen: Atlanta, Charlotte, Decatur, Bluffton, Marietta

Georgia State University School of Music
06/19/2019

Georgia State University School of Music

Congratulations to the Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra Honors Combo and their director Kevin Bales for winning the Annual Downbeat Honors Ensemble Student Music Awards. Their CD release show is June 30 at the Velvet Note. Tickets can be purchased online at https://thevelvetnote.com/rialto
Come out and support our future jazz stars! #RYJO #gsujazz #gsumusic #gsuoutreach

The Rialto Jazz for Kids All-Stars put on a fantastic show at the Atlanta Jazz Festival. Wishing you a safe & happy Memo...
05/27/2019

The Rialto Jazz for Kids All-Stars put on a fantastic show at the Atlanta Jazz Festival. Wishing you a safe & happy Memorial Day! Director, Gordon Vernick
Assistants: Rick Rodriguez, Chris Otts, and Wes Funderburk.

Georgia State University School of Music
04/30/2019

Georgia State University School of Music

GSU Jazz Band with guest artist Etienne Charles and pre-show with The Rialto Youth Jazz Kids

Georgia State University School of Music
04/30/2019

Georgia State University School of Music

04/29/2019
Etienne Charles

Etienne Charles

thank you Atlanta!!
much love to Dr. Vernick and the Georgia State University Jazz Band! thanks to all my Famalaylaylaylay who came out to the show!! 🎥 courtesy of Joseph Herbst.

Rialto Jazz Kids performing at the Rialto for the pre-show for Etienne Charles and the GSU Jazz Band.
04/27/2019

Rialto Jazz Kids performing at the Rialto for the pre-show for Etienne Charles and the GSU Jazz Band.

Georgia State University School of Music
03/05/2019

Georgia State University School of Music

Don't miss the Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra, Eden Mastrani-Levi, Hanie'l Mastrani-Levi, Andrew Krietner, Devon Gates, Curtis Olawumi, and Jayden Richardson performing at Elliott Street tonight at 7:00pm and Tuesday, March 12 at Ziba's Bistro at 7:00pm.

Georgia State University School of Music
02/26/2019

Georgia State University School of Music

Talented young artist Joey Alexander performed at the Rialto Center for the Arts last Saturday and in the morning he conducted a masterclass for our Rialto Youth Jazz Kids.

12/11/2018
Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra's cover photo
12/07/2018

Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra's cover photo

12/04/2018
Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra performed at the Kopleff Recital Hall. Gordon Vernick, director. If you missed last night, T...
12/04/2018

Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra performed at the Kopleff Recital Hall. Gordon Vernick, director. If you missed last night, The Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra combos one and two are performing tonight and tomorrow at the recital hall at 7:30pm.

Georgia State University School of Music
06/26/2018

Georgia State University School of Music

There are 6 musicians in the Jazz section of this year’s Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) — 4 of them are part of the Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra!!

The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program. The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom and that is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders. To learn more GHP, https://gosa.georgia.gov/governors-honors-program

Gordon Vernick Quartet
06/13/2018

Gordon Vernick Quartet

Georgia State University School of Music
05/27/2018

Georgia State University School of Music

The Rialto Jazz for Kids All-Stars performed on the Next Gen Stage at the Atlanta Jazz Festival! Sunday afternoon with the next generation of jazz musicians at Piedmont Park! Directed by Rick Rodriguez and Wes Funderburk

Georgia State University Jazz Department
05/17/2018

Georgia State University Jazz Department

04/30/2018
Georgia State University School of Music
04/24/2018

Georgia State University School of Music

Jazz Vocalist Rene Marie performed with the GSU Jazz Band. The Rialto Jazz Kids performed with Mace Hibbard and Rick Rodriguez.
Gordon Vernick is the director the GSU Jazz Band and The Rialto Jazz Kids.

04/12/2018
04/12/2018
Gordon Vernick Quartet
02/14/2018

Gordon Vernick Quartet

12/04/2017
12/04/2017
Rialto Jazz for Kids performed for over 500 students at Sequoia Middle School.#RialtoCenter #JazzForKids #Atlanta #Rialt...
09/26/2017

Rialto Jazz for Kids performed for over 500 students at Sequoia Middle School.

#RialtoCenter #JazzForKids #Atlanta #RialtoATL

Georgia State University Jazz Department
08/25/2017

Georgia State University Jazz Department

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs installed 23 photographs in storefront windows of businesses located in Atlanta’s south downtown district in honor of the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 40th anniversary. The photos are works from five photographers, four of whom hail from Atlanta.
“The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is excited to display photographs of musicians that have entertained Atlantans at the Atlanta Jazz Festival over the past 39 years,” said Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. One of the musicians on display is our very own Dr. Gordon Vernick. The photograph is located on 92 Peachtree St.

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