The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Youth Orchestra’s mission is to provide an educational environment and opportunity for young musicians to experience and perform jazz music.
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Youth Orchestra (BBJYO) was created as a partnership between Bethesda Blues and Jazz Foundation, and Jazz Encounters in April, 2017. BBJYO rehearses in the historical Bethesda Theatre, now home to the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. BBJYO is under the direction of saxophonist and music educator, Fred Foss.
Foss is a native New Yorker who started studying music at the age of 19. He has performed with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Hugh Masekela, Dollar Brand, Tito Puente, Patti Labelle, The Temptations, and The Four Tops. Foss also worked with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has taught music at the Filmore School and the University of Maryland. Mr. Foss created the Fred Foss Youth Orchestra which performed in Cuba’s Havana Jazz Festival. Foss enjoys teaching his knowledge and wisdom to young musicians who, in many cases, become professional musicians. BBJYO musicians have the opportunity to learn from a jazz master.
Warren Wolf is a multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore,MD. From the young age of three years old, Warren has been trained on the Vibraphone/Marimba, Drums, and Piano. Under the guidance of his father Warren Wolf Sr., Warren has a deep background in all genres of music.
Beginning with classical music, Warren had studied classical composers from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Paganini, Brahms, Vivaldi and Shostakovitch. Warren also studied ragtime music learning music from the songbooks of Scott Joplin, Harry Brewer and George Hamilton Green. In Jazz, Warren has studied artist and composers from Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Cal Tjader, Return to Forever, Weather Report, Wynton Marsalis and many others.
Warren attended the Peabody Prepatory for eight years studying classical music with former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra member Leo LePage. During his high school years at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Warren studied with current Baltimore Symphony Orchestra member John Locke. After graduating from Baltimore School for the Arts in June of 1997, Warren headed north and enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston,MA.