Jazz Arts Initiative

Jazz Arts Initiative

Jazz Arts Initiative (JAI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the presentation, education, and promotion of jazz and related art forms. JAI was established in 2009 by co-founders Lonnie Davis (President & CEO) and Ocie Davis (Artistic Director) in an effort to educate the community

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Jazz:The American Journey


Program description

 Jazz: The American Journey is intended for audiences of all ages and is particularly engaging as a 45-minute school assembly for grades K-12. Developed and presented by JAI Artistic Director Ocie Davis, Jazz: The American Journey Ensemble features some of the Charlotte region’s finest professional jazz artists.

This theatrical narrated program is interactive as the American Jazz Journey Ensemble


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Program Detail

Program type: Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Multi-media, Music, Storytelling
Cultural Origin: American, Multicultural
Subject: Music
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Kindergarten
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

 10/23/17 – 6/8/18

Available times:

 9am through 2pm

Length of program: 45 min-90 min (longer program for HS students)
Space / technical requirements:

 2 microphones and stands, electrical outlet(s), and open space for musicians to perform.


 On-site at the School

Fees / Ticketing:

 Performance: $600

2nd performance: $150** (same day)



NC Standard Course of Study:

 Literacy:RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

Literacy:RL.3.2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

Literacy:RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

NC Essential Standards:
 An engaging performance from the JAI All Blues Quartet makes numerous connections to the NC Essential Music Standards:

–Contextual Relevancy: CR.1 Understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with jazz and blues. Clarifying Objective: Understand how music has affected, and is reflected in, the culture, traditions, and history of the United States.

–Musical Response: MR.1 Understand the interacting elements to respond to jazz and jazz performances. Clarifying Objective: Illustrate perceptual skills by moving to, answering

questions about, and describing aural examples of music of various styles and cultures.

–Musical Literacy: ML2 Interpret the sound and symbol systems of music. For older music students the performances help teach about technique and musicianship skills through demonstration.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes

Cancellation Policy

JAI requests least a two week notice to reschedule a Jazz: The American Journey performance. However, as much advance notice as possible if preferred.