The Bylaws committee submitted their recommendations for updating the JAF Bylaws at the March 1, 2017 Board Meeting and they were approved unanimously by the Directors present. One significant change is the addition of a formal Executive Committee (EC) including the definition of an EC, Membership in the EC and the Duties of EC members. You can view the new Bylaws in PDF format by clicking on the “Documents” tab and then clicking on the “JAF Bylaws” button or by clicking HERE.
Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) was created at the Smithsonian museum in 2002 to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April.
JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more. This year, being the centennial of jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, JAM 2017 will celebrate women in jazz. Beyond the traditional female vocalist, there are also many great composers, arrangers, orchestrators, and instrumentalists who have and continue to leave an indelible print on the history and future of jazz.
Jazz Appreciation Month is committed to the celebration of and participation in jazz for all. As the initiator of JAM, the National Museum of American History is the home of the JAM logo, radio announcements, and the Directory of Jazz Societies for individuals, organizations, and more to use to create their own JAM events. Click HERE for much more information about JAM from the Smithsonian website.
JAF has rescheduled the planned February Board Meeting to Wednesday, March 1st at 7PM in the Small Meeting Room at the Tates Creek Library, 3628 Walden Dr., Lexington, KY.
There will be no board meeting in January as determined by the Board of Directors at the November 16 meeting. The next board meeting date and time will be determined by the Executive Committee and conveyed to board members via email and posting to the website.
The Jazz Arts Foundation congratulates charter members and past board members Chester Grundy and Miles Osland for their recognition for their work with the Arts and Jazz at the 2016 Governor’s Awards in the Arts. Chester and his wife Msiba Ann received top honor – the Milner Award for outstanding philanthropic contributions to the Arts – for their contributions to the cultural life of Lexington and the University of Kentucky. Accepting the award, Chester spoke about the importance of the arts in a humane society – “Art nourishes the souls of our children and reveals to them the deepest levels of their humanity. Art teaches them the values of a civilized society.” Miles Osland took honors for education whose students commented on the guidance the University of Kentucky saxophone professor provided them. “I’d like to thank all of my students past, present and future; they really are my lifeblood,” said Osland, whose honor along with the Grundy’s lent an undercurrent of jazz to the day.
Excerpts from a Lexington Herald-Leader article and an editorial.