Jazz at Chautauqua is held periodically and has served as host to numerous jazz legends, including Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, among many others. Jazz lovers have flocked to the western-most county of New York State to watch jazz performances on the shores of Chautauqua Lake

At the Chautauqua Institution, a blend of arts programming, educational and religious opportunities and recreational activities are available to those who visit the grounds during the year.

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The Institution, originally the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, was founded in 1874 as an educational experiment in out-of-school, vacation learning. It was successful and broadened almost immediately beyond courses for Sunday school teachers to include academic subjects, music, art and physical education.

Thanks to Jazz Lives, we feature a selection of performances from 2008 and 2009 at Chautauqua.

On September 21, 2008, festival director Joe Boughton had the idea to recreate the Bechet-Spanier Big Four of Blessed Memory (1940, Hot Record Society: Sidney Bechet, Muggsy Spanier, Carmen Mastren, Wellman Braud) with living Masters Bob Wilber (clarinet and soprano), Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Marty Grosz (guitar) and Vince Giordano (string bass).