We envision a national and international organization that will directly benefit the musicians and empower all who love the music they produce to unite and work for its daily inclusion in national life. We are dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz, especially among youngsters whose ancestors created and sustained the music now acknowledged as an American National Treasure. We believe the music has grown out of America’s foundation and development and is an indispensable part of its national character. It’s world-wide contribution to musical language is validated by its inclusion in the musical vocabularies of nations around the globe while its sustaining and relevant basis remains America where its innovators and masters with amazing genius and against subjugation created a powerful legacy.
We are dedicated to creating a home in America that embraces and sustains jazz musicians, rewards them appropriately, and builds audiences and profound appreciation for their music through performing, educating, and mentoring young, often neglected talent.