4 VENUES OF NON-STOP MUSIC OVER 4 AWESOME DAYS
Every year, the festival serves as one of the major fundraisers for Jazz Education, Inc., a nonprofit organization more than four decades old, whose mission is to provide worthwhile music education for young people. Jazz Education, Inc.'s aim is to keep students involved in uplifting, enriching personal educational activities. Some of its initiatives include year round student musicians programs for more than 20,000 elementary school students and annual five week summer workshops for more than 150 teenagers.
The organization’s recognition includes the American Can, Center for the Arts, and the Barbara Jordan Award, all earned for exemplary service to the community. Festival Founder Bubbha Thomas recognized the need for Jazz to be shared with the entire city of Houston.
“The Houston community is a ‘melting pot,’ celebrating many cultures. And so is Jazz. It only made sense to make sure we were educating Jazz fans and people who were not quite sure about Jazz. And now, it’s been more than 20 years. It’s exciting how much this festival has grown, and continues to grow,” explains Thomas.
“The Houston International Jazz Festival represents a rich tradition of musical expression. With Jazz being a ‘language’ spoken internationally, and the mother of many other music genres, we’re excited to bring the festival back to Houston. The Festival is the primary fundraiser for Jazz Education Inc., which is a nonprofit organization committed to the mission of providing worthwhile education activities for schoolaged youth,” says program director, Denise Kennedy.
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