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djrf's creators are a seasoned group of jazz musicians, community leaders and enthusiasts with a passion for the arts. As evidenced within the foundation's mission statement, these individuals have pledged to preserve the arts, which have been disappearing from school programs throughout the nation, for generations to come.

Our Mission

To cultivate, refine and further encourage the understanding and appreciation of the heritage, culture and origin of Jazz through art, music, supportive education and entertainment.

Our Vision

“Leaders bringing Jazz to the world”, to empower the human condition, enlighten the human spirit, and enrich the global community.

Scholarship Statement

One of the primary goals of the Durham Jazz Renaissance Foundation is to award Scholarships in Arts and Education. In order to support educational opportunities for talented young people and to help provide individuals with the ability to cultivate, refine and understand culture, music and jazz heritage, the Durham Jazz Renaissance (DFRF) plans to offer one to four (1-4) one-time scholarships of $1,000 each year, and one year-to-year renewable scholarship of $1,000, to students ages 16-30 who have demonstrated an interest in music, other art forms and education. These scholarships, in honor of local historical figures who have made major contributions to the field of music education and practice, will be made available to and promoted by local universities and other local organizations that support youth development, especially, in music.

The Coco Jazz & Arts Cafe coming soon.


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Click HERE to find out more information about The Durham Jazz Renaissance Foundation. Please visit our contact page to find out how you can become a DJRF supporter.