Musician and educator Joe Jennings has spent his career -- as a musician and the former director of the Spelman Jazz Ensemble -- spreading the message of jazz music and the important place of Atlanta in the story of jazz. His latest project, Joe's Jazz Joint, is a forum for concerts and, lately, an interview series in which Jennings sits down with important figures from the jazz community in Atlanta and beyond.
The mission of Joe's Jazz Joint, as stated on its website, is: ...to produce interviews
with “Jazz” musicians and videos of performances directly
related to the history of “Jazz” in Atlanta Ga. Its goals include
increasing the knowledge about the musicians, venues,
clubs, schools, writers, promoters and other entities involved
in the evolution of Jazz music in Black Atlanta.
It is important that we document conversations with the
few elders that are still with us, who can provide their
experiences and influences as they learned and grew.
This rich and colorful information will provide us with much
knowledge about Jazz history in Atlanta.
The purpose is to expose our viewers to the history and
performance practices of this advanced form of music that
evolved from the African American experience.
Through interviews and performances we will enlighten our audiences
about the music, sometimes focusing on different areas and
related genres of music. As a result we will increase
knowledge about the value of this important American Art
Be sure to subscribe to Joe's Jazz Joint on YouTube and consider becoming a patron on the Joe's Jazz Joint website.