Meeting Rescheduled to 11/6

  • General Announcements
  • Editor's Message
  • Jazz Music Awards
  • HBCU/PBI Spotlight
  • 2023 Griot Award
  • Database update

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General Announcements


    Fri., Sept. 30 JEN Conference Early Bird Registration ends.

    Fri. & Sat., October 21-21, The Jazz Music Awards, Cobb Energy Performance Center, Atlanta, GA.

    Sun., November 6, 2022, 8 p.m. EST, AAJC COMMITTEE REPORTS/BOARD  VIRTUAL MEETING. (Please remember Nov. 6 is the first day of standard time)

    Jan. 4-7, 2023 JEN Conference.

Applications for Carnegie Hall’s national youth ensembles are now open! Next summer, talented musicians ages 14–19 from across the country will come together to form three remarkable ensembles: the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO2, and NYO Jazz

From the Managing Editor

Everybody is extra busy this fall, so this issue will be a little shorter than usual. As always, you are invited to send items to me at <>. We are always interested in celebrating awards and promotions given to our members, as well as hearing about exceptional students for a Student Spotlight. Please write "FOR NEWSLETTER" in caps in the subject line.

Paul Combs, Managing Editor

Jazz Music Awards


Radio station WCLK, Jazz 91.9 (owned and licensed by HBCU Clark Atlanta University) has established The Jazz Music Awards. The establishment of these awards is the ‘brain child’ of WCLK General Manager Wendy F. Williams who says, “The Jazz Music Awards showcase is the manifestation of my long-held vision that jazz deserves to be lauded, applauded, honored, cherished, celebrated, and recognized among the masses for its tradition and for the mark it has stamped on the fabric of our musical lives.”

There are two classes of awards, those for artists, recordings, and specific recorded performances - somewhat like the Grammys© - and Honorees. Among the Honorees is AAJC Member and Interim Chair of the Department of Music, and  Director of Graduate Programs, Jazz Studies at NCCU, Dr. Lenora Helm Hammonds. She will be given the Award of Distinction – Jazz Educator Award. The other Honorees are: Wayne Shorter, The Lifetime Achievement Award; James H. Patterson, The Jazz Impact Award; the late McCoy Tyner, The Jazz Legend Award; Henry Threadgill, Award of Distinction – Jazz Composer Award; and Ambrose Akinmusire; Award of Distinction – Jazz Innovator Award. Dr. James Patterson was a key participant in the development of AAJC earlier this Century.   

The other Awards will be announced at ceremonies which will take place on October 21 and 22 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atalanta, GA. Click here for more information

HBCU/PBI  Spotlight Update

After hours of deliberation and careful consideration, the AAJC HBCU/PBI Spotlight has been filled. We are happy to announce that the Morehouse Jazz Collective will be performing at JEN. The Morehouse College Jazz Ensemble was first formed in 1971 under the leadership of Dr. Ted McDaniel, a Morehouse College graduate. With a membership of 15, the ensemble quickly developed a reputation for Musical Excellence that has now become the very foundation of the group itself. The Morehouse Jazz Collective is now led by Dr. Chad "Sir Wick" Hughes. We look forward to this performance.

Mr. Reginald Lewis, MM, Jazz Studies Doctoral Candidate
University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign

2023 Griot Award Update

The Donald Meade Legacy Society has announced the 2023 Jazz Griot Award recipient, Dorthaan Kirk. For those of you who may not know her the NEA has a page for her:

“Dorthaan Kirk—recipient of the 2020 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy—has been a major force at WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM, Newark Public Radio—the only full-time jazz format station in New York and New Jersey—working in various roles for more than four decades. Called “Newark’s First Lady of Jazz,” Kirk has been active as a curator and producer of jazz events primarily in and around Newark, New Jersey, and is an avid supporter of musicians and jazz education for children.”

We look forward to seeing Dorthaan in Orlando next January. 

Database Project Update

by Paul Combs, Database Committee Chair

Last January we had hoped to debut the AAJC Database at the 2022 JEN Conference, and while we were able to demonstrate how it will work, there were still technical issues to be resolved. The most vexing of these have now been resolved. At the same time the Database has been improved as we continued to work on it. At this time it does appear that it will be functional in time for the JEN Conference in Orlando, and we may well be able to invite Members to create their Member profiles ahead of the conference. This may be a general invitation, or a selective one depending on the progress of our beta testing program. 

At this time there are over 50 institution of various types in the Institutional part of the Database. We invite you to suggest schools at all levels, as well as support organizations, research libraries, and other institutions that will be of interest to our members. The entries are designed to facilitate communication with these organizations, for the purpose of study, employment, or collaboration. While the schools at a least may be listed elsewhere, this database will eventually be comprehensive.  It will also be easily updated. Of course, the Individual part of the Database will facilitate communication among the Membership. 

Please make submissions to me at <>, and write the subject line in caps, so they don’t get lost in the flood of other emails.

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