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IMPORTANT UPDATE
This version of the website will be archived on March 23, 2015 due to the current domain host discontinuing their support on the software used to create and update it. A new website is under construction currently and we plan to have it available by April, 2015 and it will retain the same www.jazzartsfoundation.org web address.
Thank you for your patience while we make this transition as smoothly and quickly as possible.
CELEBRATING OUR 25TH YEAR
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.
Board of Directors and Officers Needed
Board of Directors and Officers are now needed to continue our mission to enhance the awareness of Jazz for the next 25 years. Click HERE for more information, and click HERE for a list of duties for each Officer. If you are seriously interested in serving on a dynamic board of directors, please complete the information at the bottom of the form and mail it in or contact President, Dave McWhorter, via email or phone 859-273-5193.  Thank you for your interest.
The next regularly scheduled JAF board meeting is  Wednesday, April 1, 2015,
7PM, at 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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Thursday, April 9:  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 #96 will feature 502 Vintage Keys"Remembering Norman & Bennett Higgins" with Scott Anthony Thomas/keyboards, Tyrone Wheeler/bass, Hunt Butler/sax, Ted Richardson/drums.  Show time: 7 - 8:30PM. Admission: FREE.
Check back closer to the concert date for a PDF of the concert program.
 
Thursday, April 30:  The Jazz Arts Foundation and the Lexington Public Library celebrate International Jazz Day at the Central Library Theatre, 140 East Main St. in downtown Lexington with a special concert by the Morehead State Jazz Faculty Quartet. Musicians include Glenn Ginn/guitar, Joshua Espinoza/piano, Ashley Summers-Baker/bass and Chris Baker/drums. Show time: 7 - 8:30PM. Admission: FREE.
Check back closer to the concert date for a PDF of the concert program.
 
Thursday, May 14:  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 #97 will feature The Brent Gallaher Quartet. Musicians include Brent Gallaher/sax, Dan Karlsberg/piano, Aaron Jacobs/bass, and Art Gore/drums. Show time: 7 - 8:30PM. Admission: FREE.
Check back closer to the concert date 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 regionís 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, 2016 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 Dave Birdwhistell's photos of the March 13, 2014 performance - Phil DeGreg Trio with vocalist Lynne Scott
Click HERE for Erik Scott Birdwhistell's photos of the April 10, 2014 performance - The Bobby Falk Band
Click HERE for Dave Birdwhistell's photos of the April 10, 2014 performance - The Bobby Falk Band
Click HERE for Erik Scott Birdwhistell's photos of the April 30, 2014 International Jazz Day performance - The Jazz Collective
Click HERE for Erik Scott Birdwhistell's photos of the May 8, 2014 performance - Michael Cruse & Company
Click HERE for Erik Scott Birdwhistell's photos of the June 12, 2014 performance - Brandon Coleman Quartet
Click HERE for Dave Birdwhistell's photos of the July 10, 2014 performance - Jay Flippin Tribute and Dynasty Band Reunion
Click HERE for Erik Scott Birdwhistell's photos of the August 14, 2014 performance - Mike Wade & the Mighty Groovers
Click HERE for Dave Birdwhistell's photos of the September 11, 2014 performance - The Mike Tracy Brazilian Ensemble
Click HERE for Erik Scott Birdwhistell's photos of the October 9, 2014 performance - Kendall Carter Trio with Kasi Crooks
Click HERE for Dave Birdwhistell's photos of the November 13, 2014 performance - Jamey Aebersold Quartet
Click HERE for Erik Scott Birdwhistell's photos of the November 13, 2014 performance - Jamey Aebersold Quartet
 
Click HERE for photos of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 performances
CURRENT & FUTURE LOCAL JAZZ HAPPENINGS
 
Saturday, April 25:  SAVE THE DATE - The Jazz Arts Foundation, Inc. will be holding it's 25th Anniversary Celebration at Natasha's, 112 Esplanade, Lexington, times TBA. The Greg Figgs Band will kick off the party and immediately following there will be a Jam Session backed by Morehead University professors Josh Espinoza (piano) and Ashley Summers-Baker (bass) along with JAF President and Morehead alum Dave McWhorter (drums). Admission TBA - proceeds to help JAF purchase a PA system used for the Jazz: Live at the Library! concert series to replace the borrowed one that has "bit the dust" after 20 years of use!
 
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
 
Ongoing weekly/monthly:  Click HERE for Jazz news in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus OH and HERE for Jazz events in and around Dayton brought to you by the Jazz Advocate.
 
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.
3rd Annual Jazz on the Porch Series
The Jazz Arts Foundation presented 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
We ae excited this year to be able to expand to a 5 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. Check back for a full color poster for viewing, downloading, or printing coming soon.
No outside alcoholic drinks permitted.
2015 Dates & Musicians:
Sunday, May 31: James Poole Group
Sunday, June 28: Jazz 5
Sunday, July 26:  Westbrook Trio
Sunday, August 30:  Baja Yetis
Sunday, September 27:  Dan Brock & Friends
The concerts are held rain or shine, so plan now to be there and bring your family and friends.
Click HERE for photos from the 2013 and 2014 concert series.
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, Jazz Weeknights from Sunday through Thursday from 10PM - 5AM, and Saturdays from 6PM - 11PM.
-- Jazz Classicson Classic 102.1 FM each Saturday from 8PM to 9PM, hosted by JAF member Roger Chesser.
-- Jazz 24 hours per day on 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 (or at least 3/4 of the scheduled board meetings per year). Board meetings are normally held the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7 - 8 PM. (Go to the About JAF page on this site for 2014 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. Click HERE for more information, and click HERE for a list of duties for each Officer.
 
2015 BOARD MEMBER AND OFFICERS ELECTION
The Jazz Arts Foundation elected new board members and officers at the November 5, 2014 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 2015 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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