Thank you for visiting the official website of the African American Jazz Caucus Inc. Please take some time to learn about our organization, its history, purpose, and initiatives, and how you can get involved. Join us in person at the Annual Jazz Education Network Conference.
AAJC presents its inaugural mentoring program, AAJC All-Star Youth Ensemble, featuring high school jazz ensemble members from the greater New Orleans area. The African American Jazz Caucus members are proud to share our knowledge and expertise with our leaders of tomorrow while protecting, preserving, and
sustaining our rich cultural heritage and legacy of jazz, which has influenced music in America
and across the globe.
For his influence and commitment to the Donald Meade Jazz Society and jazz communities in Quad Cities, East Moline, and beyond, the Donald Meade Legacy Society and the African American Jazz Caucus, Inc. are honored to present the Donald Meade Jazz Griot Founder’s Award to Nathanial “Nate” Lawrence.
The members of AAJC, with their vast experience and knowledge, took the initiative to organize a gathering where they could share their insights and provide mentorship to young guests. During the meeting, they engaged in deep conversations, shared stories, and provided guidance that inspired and uplifted everyone present. The event was a perfect blend of wisdom, camaraderie, and learning, where mentors and mentees gained valuable insights and experiences. The atmosphere was full of positivity and motivation, and everyone left the gathering with a sense of renewed energy and purpose.
The African American Jazz Caucus aims to promote the rich musical culture and legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI). Through our partnership with the Jazz Education Network (JEN), the AAJC selected North Carolina Central University to present this year's Spotlight Performance. The NCCU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Robert Trowers, was joined by artist-in-residence Joey Calderazzo and guest Tia Fuller.
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Through our mission to protect, preserve, and perpetuate the rich cultural heritage of jazz, we offer several initiatives:
2024 Donald Meade Legacy Jazz Griot Award Recipient
Honoring Founder Nathaniel Lawrence
The AAJC is a volunteer-driven organization that is supported by the financial and intellectual contributions of its members.
Dedicated members work to enhance the mission of the AAJC in a variety of programs throughout the year.
Through your financial support, the African American Jazz Caucus helps produce various initiatives that promote educational programs aimed at preparing, promoting, and preserving the legacy of jazz.
The African American Jazz Caucus Inc. is a registered 501c(3) Tax-Exempt charitable organization.
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