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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


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 & Operating Officer

Heidi Weatherspoon, MPA

Development Director

Patrick Brown

Education Director

Rebecka Nelli

Rebecka Nelli

Marketing Director

Savannah Deal

Administrative Programs Coordinator

Joseph Riggi

Digital Media Content Manager

Meet Our Educators

JazzArts Academy programs are led by many of the Charlotte region’s most experienced music educators. These professional musicians and teaching artists offer extensive and diverse experience in the jazz education field and provide students of all ages enriched learning opportunities.  Click here to learn about them.  

Career Opportunities:

Digital Media Content Director

If you love creating high-quality and engaging website and social media content to drive audience development and
organizational success, we want you on our team! As the Digital Media Content Director, you will be responsible for
developing and implementing the overall digital content strategy and creating a positive user experience for all visitors.  Job description and details.

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.

Administrative Internship

Do you enjoy jazz and wish to expand your experience in nonprofit administration? JazzArts Charlotte is searching for an intern that will assist with our daily programs that serve educators, cultural arts patrons, students, musicians and individuals dedicated to the continued development of Charlotte’s arts heritage.  The successful candidate will get the opportunity to assist our organization in daily management of our programs, administrative tasks, and more.  Job description and details.

Contact Us

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

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