The American Jazz Institute
is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enrichment and enhancement
of the appreciation of jazz music. From its humble beginnings in
New Orleans at the turn of the century, jazz evolved into one of
America's enduring world contributions, a "universal language"
understood by all.
in this spirit, AJI seeks to preserve this national treasure as
well as expand upon it by spotlighting America's great jazz composers,
arrangers and musicians both firmly established and newly
discovered, from traditional to avant garde.
To advance and
promote jazz music throughout the world.
To maintain a repertory
orchestra to play new and archival jazz music.
To educate and
expose the public to jazz by live performances and panel discussions.
To physically house,
archive and preserve jazz music: compositions, scores, arrangements,
recordings, artwork, photographs, film and other jazz works.
To seek and attract
donations of jazz works with an emphasis on original compositions, scores,
arrangements, and recordings.
make jazz works available for research study and education.
To support charitable
endeavors that promote and advance jazz music.
The American Jazz Institute is an I.R.C. 501(c) (3) corporation.
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Mark A. Masters, President
Alan P. Schultz
Ronald Teeples (1935-2008)
Audree Coke Kenton (1922-2012)
John LaPorta (1920-2004)
Gene Lees (1928-2010)
Director of Community Outreach
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Stephanie O'Keefe, Director