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Lonnie Davis

Lonnie Davis

President & CEO and Co-founder

Lonnie Davis, flutist and arts advocate, is a native New Orleanian born in Landstuhl, Germany. Davis began studying music at an early age and had the privilege of attending Louisiana’s prestigious arts conservatory, NOCCA (New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts), where her passion for jazz was cultivated. Davis relocated to North Carolina in 2007, and 3 years later founded the Charlotte-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization JazzArts Charlotte (formerly JAI). She currently serves as the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Ocie Davis

Ocie Davis

Artistic Director and Co-founder

Los Angeles native Ocie Davis was introduced to the drums at age seven. Now an internationally recognized musician, educator, and composer, he has traveled around the world performing at festivals and venues with some of the most influential figures in jazz. Some of those notable musicians include Ellis Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Christian Scott, Nicholas Payton, and Donald Harrison, who called Ocie ‘one of the premiere drummers in jazz’. Ocie has also had the distinction of being recognized as a Jazz All-Star by New Orleans Magazine.

Ron Baldwin

Ron Baldwin

Chief Financial Officer

Heidi Weatherspoon, MPA

Development Director

Rebecka Nelli

Rebecka Nelli

Marketing Director

Savannah Deal

Administrative Programs Coordinator

Career Opportunity:  Marketing Internships

Do you enjoy jazz and wish to expand your experience in marketing? JazzArts Charlotte is searching for a few talented communications and social media marketers that will play an integral part in developing our message and engage our audiences. The successful candidate will.create content, participate in outreach and promotion, and conduct analysis. and is well organized, creative, and experienced in managing a variety of tasks with excellent customer service skills. This part-time unpaid internship reports to the Marketing Director.  Job description and details:  Social Media InternCommunications Intern.

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You can reach any of our team by calling the office at 704-334-3900 or emailing

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