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Words cannot begin to express my admiration and respect for the mission and offerings of the Jazz Academy of Music. From the schoolyear JAM Ensemble and Orchestra, to the summer Camp offerings with opportunities for young students of jazz, to the now annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival reaching the widest possible audience of jazz enthusiasts, the Jazz Academy is devoted to keeping jazz alive in the Washington area and beyond. It continues to turn out talented musicians who have honed their skills here and have now entered the professional music world. It has inspired students, my own son included, to acquire and retain a great appreciation for the jazz genre, even though they move on to pursure other endeavors. This is a real gem in our midst. We are so fortunate to have the tireless dedication of Paul Carr and his organization keeping jazz alive.
Wendie Guterl, Bethesda, Maryland

I just love to see the students as they grow musically and have fun doing it. Great job Paul!
Iva Ambush, Kettering, MD


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.


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