Donating and Volunteering

Keeping Jazz Music alive starts with the education of the next generation! That is why the Jazz Academy’s mission is to advance and preserve Jazz Music through education. In keeping with that mission the Jazz Academy holds a Summer Jam Camp during the summer and other opportunities for learning and performing throughout the year. Because of the decreased emphasis on the arts in the public schools, the opportunities for exposure to music education and particularly Jazz Music have greatly decreased and in some cases been eliminated.

The community must step forward to ensure that our youth have the opportunity to learn about music and its historical roots. Jazz music is the only musical art form that was created in America. We do not want Jazz to become extinct, drowned out by the sounds of derivative music without regard to the quality of the source–Traditional Jazz Music. That’s not to say that new musical art forms are not good. However, Jazz Music deserves to be preserved and understood. If you believe, we do at the Jazz Academy, we need your help!

The Jazz Academy is currently preparing for the Summer Jam Camp and other events and could use the help of volunteers who would like to help with preparations. We need the assistance of people who have experience in web-development and maintenance, grant writing, fund raising, music recording, media relations, community outreach and promotion, community television as production and video recording. If you have time to volunteer to support the Jazz Academy’s efforts please let us know by sending us an email.

The Jazz Academy is also in need of financial support. If you would like to make a donation to the Academy, you can send a check to 13721 Middlevale Lane, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 or donate using Visa or MasterCard. The Jazz Academy is a non-profit 501c3 organization and your donations are tax deductible.

Volunteer efforts and donations will be used to support the Jazz Academy’s educational efforts. Specifically your time and financial contributions will be applied towards the following:

Scholarships for children to the JAM Camp or to take private lessons. Scholarships are awarded to talented children, attending public schools in the Washington metro area, who have been recommended by their music instructor. These are budding musicians who would not have the opportunity for Jazz music tutoring without financial assistance.

JAM sessions for young musicians. In order to hone their talent, young musicians need an outlet to perform. Jazz Academy sponsored JAM sessions are a great way for our youth to perform in a safe and controlled environment.

Master classes conducted by guest recording artist. This is a great way for students to learn about musical techniques from professional musicians. It is also a great way to help students understand the “business” of music, its rewards, and challenges.

The Jazz Academy Thanks You In Advance For Your Support!!!

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Paul Carr and Jazz
Wilson Center Article

SMP_3070Paul Carr and Jazz Wilson Center Article by Blair A. Ruble.

Saxophonist Paul Carr tells the story of waiting with his saxophone at the baggage claim belt in St. Petersburg, Russia, when another passenger came up and said: “Paul Carr, Westminster Church in Washington.” Paul recounts this incident as a way of testifying to the global reach of Friday Night Jazz at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest Washington, D.C. Home to a hugely successful concert series now nearly two decades old, Westminster has become a touchstone of the D.C. jazz scene.


Interested in
the Ensemble?

The Jazz Academy Ensemble (JAE) is for young instrumental musicians that are interested in playing and performing Jazz music in a group setting. JAE is an excellent opportunity for young musicians who have never improvised or created a solo or those who are in the formative stages of developing their improvisational skills.
No Audition Required!
Rehearsal begins 9/19/17 at 5:45pm (bi-weekly) $275 per semester.
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