When people hear the word jazz, they think music. But, what is jazz to your organization?

Jazz is a culture; it’s a term that defines an array of experiences….music, conversation, art, lifestyle, food, fashion….. all those elements define the eclecticism of jazz. Of more focus for the Durham Jazz Renaissance Foundation (DJRF) , jazz expresses a commonality of the African American experience. Like much of the African American experience, jazz has been distorted, undermined, misinterpreted and devalued. A goal of the DJRF is to revitalize and restore the authenticity of jazz, encouraging it to “speak” its own original power.

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