Each of the following initiatives is dedicated to our mission of preserving the legacy of jazz. With these programs and events, our goal is to celebrate the cultural heritage and historic contributions to the development and perpetuation of jazz music from the people of the African diaspora
The Griot emerged from West African traditions as a storyteller, historian, chronicler, and keeper of the timeline. The Griot, in short, remembers through word and song all of the important events and experiences of a particular community. The Griot holds sacred the collective memory of a community preserving it for future generations.
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Dr. James H. Patterson, Distinguished Professor at Clark Atlanta University, Parker Exhibit Chairperson, lead a team to present the Charlie Parker Centennial Exhibit at the 2020 Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans, LA.
Committee Members included Dr. James Patterson, Dr. Jason Hainsworth, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, and 2020 Jazz Griot Stephen Foster.
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Each of the following initiatives is dedicated to our mission of promoting jazz in the present. With these programs and events, our goal is to bring attention to the artists, educators, and institutions that are actively perpetuating cultural heritage and performance of jazz.
Each year the Jazz Education Network Conference, a Historically Black College and University or Predominately Black Institution (academic or community-based), is selected to perform for the AAJC HBCU/PBI Spotlight Performance. Performances have included special guest performances such as Kirk Whalum, Antonio Hart, James Rivers, and Jermaine Bazzle. Click here for more information.
Members of the AAJC have access to a membership database and interactive Event Calendar to aid in working with artists and educators around the country on collaborative projects.
Each of these initiatives is dedicated to our mission of preparing the future of jazz. With these programs and events, our goal is to actively perpetuate jazz's cultural heritage and performance through intentional audience engagement, community service, and mentorship and outreach.
Each year at the Jazz Education Network Conference, students of African diaspora have the opportunity to meet and network with industry and academic professionals.
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