J O C A D A
Museum of Jazz
African American History
Jazz History & Education
Jazz History . Events . Exhibits
Mission: JOCADA was created to provide Education Awareness, and to Foster, Promote and Preserve the Rich Heritage of "Jazz-Arts" history & education; and provide programs for youth & all members of the community to experience more diverse influences with focus on "Big-Band" Jazz and Jazz influences - an endangered artform.
Education . History . Legacy
In 1975 volunteers of the Jazz Preservation Group comprised of three young ladies - Diana, Justine, and Callye. Each agreed to preserve the rich history of Jazz, America's endangered artform. They worked various cities in the US where Jazz was prominent throughout the 70's. The 80's, birthed the "electronic age" reducing work for Jazz musicians on stage, in film and recordings. There was also the "dance craze" at which time electronics often replaced the sound of pure "live" Jazz performances resulting in a significant loss of income, medical insurance, and in some cases a home for Jazz musicians! A good number of Jazz artists went on to further their careers and mentor young talented artists!
In 1991, the JPG ladies traveled to different regions in the US with strong focus to stay on mission. Diana became Executive Director, of the Leimert Jazz Festival in LA; Justine (Historian) researched and obtained eighty-plus years of 33's and 45 Jazz recordings; and Callye organized JOCADA, a non-profit Jazz organization spear-heading a few victories . . . .
2002 - Officially moved JOCADA in Historic Downtown Douglasville, GA
2003 - Held the Grand Opening of the JOCADA Museum of Jazz History
2004 - Developed an "After-School-Arts-Mentoring" Program for youth
2005 - Hosted the Annual Tribute To Legendary Jazz Awards & Concert
* Tribute A ward Recipients *
* German Glass Sculptor - Hans Godo Frabel
* Atlanta-African American Philharmonic Symphony & Jazz Orchestra
* ACE Program Youth & community collaborations
Duplication/Copying not permitted. Charges may apply - cbhphotography (c) 2000
Musician, Composer, Bandleader: Farrell Sanders was born on October 13, 1940 in Little Rock. The Grammy Award-Winner is an American Jazz Saxophonist considered to be one of the best Tenor Saxophonists alive. He began his music career accompanying church choirs playing the Clarinet although accomplished in the visual arts. In high school, he began playing under Director Jimmy Cannon, the musician who introduced him to Jazz and the Sax. In the 1950's the Jim Crow southern lifestyle restricted him from performing in both black and white clubs. By 1959, he moved to Oakland California, studied music and art, being free to express his craft in his own right. Sanders is known for "overblowing" techniques and earned the nickname "Little Rock". Early in his career he played with Sun Ra. After moving to California, he met and performed with John Coltrane - recording his first Jazz recording with Coltrane on "Ascension" in 1965. His music is said to be "spiritual Jazz"! During the stretch of working toward his success, Sanders was believed to be homeless often. However his legacy of having worked with many prolific Jazz artists is second to none! Sanders played before audiences in the US and abroad. JOCADA spotlights Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders 1st album - Pharoah's First!
Black History Exhibit
A colorful interpretation of American, African, German, Italian, Native American and West-Indian visual art influences of Artifacts, Photography, Mixed-Media, Dance, Lectures, Athletes, community history and more. SEASONAL
Tribute to Legendary Jazz Awards
An Annual Musical Awards Event
Artist Talk / Receptions
Lecture Series & Reception to meet the Artist
JOCADA JAZZ FEST
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JOCADA Museum of Jazz & AAH
P O Box 273
Ladysmith, VA 22501
Callye Holmes, Exec. Dir.
1 - (678) 360-4265
Hours of Operation