2019 marks the 10th year of service to the Charlotte community for JazzArts Charlotte, formerly Jazz Arts Initiative. We are proud to continue our work as the premiere jazz organization in Charlotte with our focus on community enrichment through quality music education, live performances, and musician support.
In the past decade JazzArts Charlotte has grown into one of Charlotte’s most celebrated non-profit arts and education institutions. Our goal is to continue to serve this treasured community for many years to come.
Success does not happen overnight, rather it is a process over a lifetime, says saxophonist Steve Wilson. His long list of accomplishments include over 150 recordings, tours all over the U.S and Europe, a teaching position at Juilliard, and his most recent album release. He says he continues to captivate audiences because he continues to learn and grow.
“I decided to focus on music late. So I never envisioned myself at Julliard or playing with folks like Wynton Marsalis, “ says Sean Mason. Sean, a Charlottean and JazzArts Ensemble alumnus, indicates his musical career success has been unexpected. His offers insight to the future of jazz and our students.
Charlotte has a wealth of talented musicians and a vibrant music community. Some local leaders would like to make Charlotte a music destination. Here's what a few, including JazzArts Charlotte, had to say.