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Mission Statement
The Jazz Arts Foundation, Inc. is a corporation whose avowed mission is to "enhance the awareness of Jazz as a performing art". Since its founding in 1989, the JAF has committed itself to the purpose of educating the public about Jazz Arts through the promotion of awareness and sensitivity to Jazz, and to upgrade it as an art form to the level of community acceptance and support equal to that given other performing arts.
 
The Jazz Arts Foundation, Inc., a local non-profit group, is funded primarily by memberships and tax deductible donations.  We do not receive any funding on a regular, annual basis from third parties.  Please consider helping us accomplish our mission of promoting jazz by joining JAF or making a donation in any amount. 
JAF is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Since the goods and services given for JAF membership meet the standards for insubstantial value set out by the IRS in Rev. Proc. 90-12, 1990-1 C.B. 471, and Rev. Proc. 92-49, 1992-1 C.B. 987, membership dues and any donations may be fully tax deductible. Be sure to check with your tax advisor if you have any questions.
The next regularly scheduled JAF board meeting is  Wednesday, May 7, 2014
At 7PM, in the small meeting room of the Tates Creek Library.
 
All Board Meetings are open to the public, however, please contact Dave McWhorter, JAF President,
by phone at (859) 273-5193 or Email if you plan to attend since the meeting room is small. Thank you.
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The Jazz Arts Foundation, Inc. Celebrates April as Jazz Appreciation Month
and International Jazz Day with Special Concerts
 
Thursday, April 10:  The Jazz Arts Foundation and the Lexington Public Library continue their "Jazz: Live at the Library!" series of monthly concerts at the Central Library Theatre, 140 East Main St. in downtown Lexington.  Show # 85 starts off Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) with The Bobby Falk Band from Louisville featuring Derek Siebert/tenor saxophone, Craig Tweddell/trumpet & flugelhorn, Wade Honey/keyboard, John Arstingstall/guitar, Lee Puckett/bass, & Bobby Falk/drums. These monthly concerts are sponsored by Jamey Aebersold Jazz, and the Jazz Arts Foundation, Inc. Show time: 7 - 8:30PM. Admission: FREE.
 
Wednesday, April 30: Culminating Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) Lexington joins UNESCO’s world-wide celebration of International Jazz Day with a special concert. Coordinated by the Thelonious Monk Institute and presented by The Jazz Arts Foundation and the Lexington Public Library this special concert event features The Jazz Collective at the Central Library Theatre, 140 East Main St. in downtown Lexington. The “front line” horn players, Gordon Towell (sax) and Rick Cook (trumpet) perform often in big band settings.  The rhythm section players work in various regional groups: Glenn Ginn (guitar), Steve Snyder (keyboards), Danny Cecil (bass) and Dave McWhorter (drums).  But as The Jazz Collective, they personally select and arrange classic jazz compositions that they’ve always wanted to perform but seldom get the opportunity.  Towell, Snyder and Ginn are the jazz faculty at Morehead State University, while Cecil is an adjunct professor at UK, Transylvania, and Morehead.  McWhorter is a businessman; Cook is an active free-lance jazz trumpeter.  Aside from their individual talents, their “combined approach” to the music is what makes this group special. Reaching into the archives, they find works from Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, & Herbie Hancock and bring them to life again.  This special concert is sponsored by Jamey Aebersold Jazz, and the Jazz Arts Foundation, Inc. Show time: 7 - 8:30PM   Admission: FREE.
 
Coinciding with this year's International Jazz Day, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue postage stamps and a souvenir card to commemorate International Jazz Day on April 30th, 2014. Designed by UNPA Art Director Sergio Baradat, the stamps will be issued in U.S. dollars, Swiss francs and Euros. For more information, visit www.unstamps.org. Click HERE for a great article and photos of the stamps from Linns Stamp News.
For more information about International Jazz Day and to register events on the official website, please visit www.jazzday.com or www.unesco.org/jazzday.
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Thursday, May 8:  The Jazz Arts Foundation and the Lexington Public Library continue their "Jazz: Live at the Library!" series of monthly concerts at the Central Library Theatre, 140 East Main St. in downtown Lexington.  Show #86 will feature the young Lexington trumpeter's Cincinnati based band Michael Cruse & Company. Show time: 7 - 8:30PM. Admission:  FREE.
Check back closer to the date of the show for a PDF of the concert program.
 
Thursday, June 12:  The Jazz Arts Foundation and the Lexington Public Library continue their "Jazz: Live at the Library!" series of monthly concerts at the Central Library Theatre, 140 East Main St. in downtown Lexington.  Show #87 will feature the young cutting-edge guitarist's band The Brandon Coleman Quartet. Show time: 7 - 8:30PM. Admission:  FREE.
Check back closer to the date of the show for a PDF of the concert program.
 
Ongoing:  Jazz: Live at the Library! The series, which began April 12, 2007, takes place in the Lexington Central (downtown) Library Theater on the second Thursday of each month from 7 - 8:30 PM, and is FREE to the public. The Jazz Arts Foundation is proud to help present a monthly series of live jazz performances by some of the region’s best musicians who will bring back to life the golden age of local jazz.  Since its inception, the series has brought in top-flight musicians & educators from Lexington, Cincinnati, Bloomington, Columbus, Dayton and Louisville areas.  International musicians from Brazil and Russia have also performed as part of the Jazz: Live at the Library! Concert Series.  Once again a generous donation from Jamey Aebersold Jazz has extended the series to June, 2014 which allows JAF to continue to bring in new musicians and fan favorites to fulfill its mission of "Enhancing the Awareness of Jazz as a Performing Art."
 
Check your Cable TV schedule for Library Channel 20 to view previously recorded shows from the Jazz: Live at the Library! Concert Series.
The series is sponsored by Jamey Aebersold Jazz, and the Jazz Arts Foundation, Inc.
 
We are a "listener supported" organization. Our only source of operational funding is from memberships - please become a member so we can continue the Jazz: Live at the Library! series as well as produce other jazz performances and concerts throughout the year.
 
Click HERE for Dave Birdwhistell's photos of the January 9, 2014 performance - "Remembering Bennett Higgins" featuring 502 Vintage Keys
Click HERE for Erik Scott Birdwhistell's photos of the January 9, 2014 performance - "Remembering Bennett Higgins" featuring 502 Vintage Keys
Click HERE for Erik Scott Birdwhistell's photos of the February 13, 2014 performance - The Todd Hildreth Trio
 
Click HERE for photos of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 performances
2nd Annual Jazz on the Porch Series
 
The Jazz Arts Foundation presents Jazz on the Porch at Talon Winery
(7086 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington, KY) from 3 to 6PM
 
Sponsored by O'Donnell Family Dentistry
1081 Dove Run Road, Suite 105, Lexington, KY 40502
This is a 4 month series on the last Sunday of the month and FREE to all. Bring your picnic basket, chairs, tables, blankets, children, and ears for a great outdoor Jazz treat. Wine, beer and softdrinks will be available for purchase. Click HERE for a full color poster for viewing, downloading, or printing.
No outside alcoholic drinks are permitted.
2014 Dates & Musicians:
Sunday, May 25: Paladin
Sunday, June 29: Baja Yetis
Sunday, August 31: David Hall
Sunday, September 28: Westbrook Trio
The concerts will take place rain or shine, so plan now to be there and bring your family and friends.
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THE 5TH ANNUAL LEXINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL
SUNDAY JUNE 1, 2014, 1 - 7PM
Talon Winery, 7086 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington, KY
 
The Jazz Arts Foundation, Inc. (JAF) along with Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) presents the annual event at Talon Winery.
 
National recording artist and 2-time Grammy nominee, Kim Pensyl, will headline this year's Festival
Smooth jazz keyboardist and trumpeter, Kim Pensyl, will headline this year's Festival. Backing Pensyl will be Mike Sharfe/Bass, John Taylor/Drums, Rusty Burge/Vibraphone, Rick VanMatre/Saxophone. Kim Penyl is a prolific jazz recording artist, composer, arranger, and engineer who has twice been named Billboard's Top-20 Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Year. Kim has had four Top-10 albums on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Chart.
 
Also performing: O-Zone (smooth jazz), Jamey Aebersold Quartet (classic jazz and bop), and The Library Players with vocalists Eugene Goss and 2-time Grammy nominee Gail Wynters  (This "special band" is created each year specifically for this jazz festival using performers from our 7 year continuous running monthly concert series:  Jazz: Live at the Library!) (jazz & blues). In addition, local guitar aficionados Ben Lacy and Bob Bryant will be performing between sets.
 
Food  for purchase will be provided
 
Tickets can be purchased at $30 in advance by clicking HERE.
Admission at the gate will be $35 if any tickets remain available.
Children 14 and under with adults are admitted free.
 
For more information, and photos of previous years, visit the official Festival website at www.lexingtonjazzfestival.com
 
Check back for or a full color poster for viewing, downloading, or printing.
 
Presenting sponsor:  Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
CURRENT & FUTURE LOCAL JAZZ HAPPENINGS
 
Thursday, April 17:  The University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble with Miles Osland, director, 7:30pm - Singletary Recital Hall, FREE!
Friday April 18:  See and hear O-Zone, 8pm, Natasha's Bistro & Bar. The O-Zone is a mystical place a place in the musical daydream of Paul Osborne, where you can find a magical musical entity with whom you can escape the day to day drudgery of Jazz in Lexington and find a "fresh, live approach" to the genre! Reservations available www.beetnik.com or call 859.259.2754.  All Ages Welcome, dinner & drinks available for all performances.
Friday April 18: Chicago Underground Duo, 11pm, Natasha's Bistro & Bar. Part of a Friday night jazz double-header, WRFL and the Outside the Spotlight Jazz Series present the hottest & most adventurous jazz duo in the states.  Blending composition & improvisation with African rhythms, experimental electronics, and free tendencies, this is going to be a late night you can’t miss! Reservations available www.beetnik.com or call 859.259.2754.
Tuesday, April 22:  The University of Kentucky Lab Band with Raleigh Dailey, director, 7:30pm - Singletary Recital Hall, FREE!
Monday, April 28:  Catch the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra with special guests: The Bryan Station Jazz Ensemble - Sean Owens, director, Comedy Off Broadway - Lexington Green, $10, $5 for students.
Check back for future Jazz concerts and events.
 
Be sure to check here often for all the Local Jazz events in the Bluegrass as reported, and updated each week, by the Webmaster.
CURRENT AND FUTURE REGIONAL JAZZ HAPPENINGS
 
Tuesday, April 22: The EKU Music Industry Organization presents Jazz Crawl 2014 featuring renowned jazz musician and vibraphonist Stefon Harris, who will perform with the EKU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Larry Nelson (past Jazz Arts Foundation Youth Ensemble Director). This main event performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Auditorium, Richmond, KY, admission - $10. For much more information about all the events related to the "Crawl", visit the EKU MI website. Tickets are available on campus by visiting or calling the Foster Music Building front office (859-622-3266 or at Creative Arts by Sherri (859-624-0763).
 
Check back for future Regional jazz concerts and events to be listed.
 
Ongoing weekly/monthly:  Click HERE for the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, 18 E Eighth St, Cincinnati, OH calendar.
 
Click HERE and HERE for listings of Jazz venues in the immediate Region and surrounding States.
 
If you would like your Jazz event added, send an E-mail to the Webmaster.
Regular Jazz Events:
** The DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO)  performs at Comedy off Broadway the last Monday of the month. Call 271-JOKE. 8 PM; $6.25. Lexington.
** Occasional jazz offerings are hosted at Natasha's Cafe at 112 Esplanade, Lexington. Call 259-2754 for info.
** Wednesdays at the Julep Cup (formerly Cafe Jennifer) at 111 Woodland Ave. features the duo of Paul Osborne/sax and Harold Young/keyboards performing jazz standards beginning at 8PM. Call 226-0300.
 
Local Artists and Ensembles:
 
Jazz Radio:
-- Jazz Vault on WRFL 88.1 each Sunday from 8 PM to 10 PM, hosted by  Bill (Blair) Scott.
-- Jazz on WEKU 88.9 FM Fridays from 10PM - Midnight, Saturdays from 12:00AM to 5:00AM and on WKYL Classic 102.1 FM, Overnight Jazz: Mon -Thu from 10PM - 4AM, Saturdays from 11PM to 4AM. All About Jazz: 8PM - 10PM. Check their website for specific shows.
-- Jazz 24 hours per dayon WUKY HD3. The programming can be accessed with an HD Radio, online at WUKY, or via WUKY's free smartphone apps.
 
Immediate Opportunity Available for your personal involvement
Currently there are openings on our Board of Directors for several enthusiastic people who would like to make a direct impact on the future of jazz in Kentucky. Won't you please consider providing us with your expertise, time and energy to benefit our jazz community? The minimum requirements to be a board member are that you must be a current member of JAF in good standing and be willing to attend at least 9 of the 12 monthly meetings held the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7 - 8 PM. (Go to the About JAF page on this site for 2013 meeting places.) We are an all-volunteer "working" board, so you may be expected to serve on at least one committee for various projects throughout the year; but the time you spend will usually be minimal. And, you don't necessarily need to be a jazz fan to be on the board - we need men and women from all walks of life and with every skill.
 
2014 BOARD MEMBER AND OFFICERS ELECTION
The Jazz Arts Foundation elected new board members and officers at the December 4, 2013 board meeting.  The board still has openings for members and the office of Treasurer is open - if you are interested, send an email to President, Dave McWhorter or Secretary, Ron Allen immediately. Check the About JAF page for the complete list of 2014 board of directors and officers.  We encourage all who are interested to please volunteer your services - you are needed to help our organization to continue and to grow.
 
For more information, answers to questions, and/or to volunteer, please contact Dave McWhorter, JAF President, by phone at (859) 273-5193 or Email.  You can also always contact the webmaster.
 
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