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" and Black History & education; and to provide programs for youth & all members of the community to experience more diverse influences with strong focus on the "Big-Band" 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 to 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
Jocada Black History
Duplication/Copying not permitted. Charges may apply - cbhphotography (c) 2020
African Dancer - JOCADA Black History Exhibit 2020
Dancer &Drummer: Mr. Alex Harvell of Spotsylvania County, has form, content, expression and movements unlike any other African Dancer. History deems African Dance to have many meanings and titles. It is believed that the invention of African Dance may have begun in Accra - a fishing community belonging to the Ga ethnic group known as Kpalongo. Similar form depicted in the image - careful study of African Dance form shows the basic movement involving one leg being planted and the other leg twisting on the ball of the foot to the beat of drum sounds. This visual concept of "form" finds movement to have originated in Jamestown. Another popular African Dance is called Gwara Gwara Dance form expresses leg movement & twists as well. In all, African Dance may be understood to have many forms that move to the beat of drummers (pictured above). JOCADA's 2020 Black History Exhibit represented at the time and/or in the tribe or country such as prayer, emotional communication, rites of passage, and much more. Alex Harvell, takes shares a deep sense of self, compassionate movements through musical expression of his artistic Dance. This image captures specific movement and jestures from head to the tip of his feet which communicate emotional rhythmic body movement. His art may be seen throughout Virginia for the and before audiences in and around the US and abroad. JOCADA spotlights African Dancer mr. Alex Harvell!
A colorful interpretation of African-American, German, Italian, Native American and West-Indian Visual & Performing Art influences of Artifacts, Photography, Mixed-Media, Lectures 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 Youth
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JOCADA Museum of Jazz & AAH
283 Devon Drive
Ruther Glen, VA 22546
Callye Holmes, Exec. Dir.
1 - (678) 360-4265
Hours of Operation