Museum of Jazz 


African  American History

Traveling Exhibit

        Jazz History  & Education

The Audio Will Entertain You

Our History

From the late 1800's musicians, composers, bandleaders and vocalists performed with or as "Big-Bands", Ensembles, Quartets, Sextets, Trios, Duo's and the one-person shows! Jazz was enjoyed at famous venues like the French Quarter; Basin Street; the Green Mill (Chicago);  Bakers' Keyboard Lounge (Detroit); the Cotton Club (Harlem); the Savoy Ballroom on Lenox Avenue (Harlem); the Newport Jazz Festival (Rhode Island); Riverboat  Shows and more!

JOCADA remembers icons:  "Jelly Roll" MortonCount Basie, Pops Foster, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller,  Oscar Peterson, Tony Bennett, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey,  Ron Carter,  Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Fletcher Henderson; Dexter Gordon; Art Blakely; Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, Leona Horne, Bessie Smith,  Etta James, Betty Carter, Dakota Staton, Sarah Vaughn & Ella Fitzgerald!  

 The most loyal music followers love & support . . .


JOCADA takes the position to stimulate the intellect introducing genres which highlight Jazz history and education, its phrasing and exceptional melodic conceptions from Ragtime to Swing; from Bebop to Straight-a-Head;  from Cuban to Gospel Jazz; from Brazilian Jazz to "Scatting" to a George Duke and Al Jarreau's Smooth Jazz tune!   Jazz unites people of all ages, backgrounds & cultures together.

Since the 90's JOCADA's cooperative arrangements achieved lasting relationships across the US in a good number of states with proven Jazz organizations coast to coast below:

The Atlanta African-American Philharmonic Symphony & Jazz Orchestra

The Johnny Trudell Big-Band

The Virginia Military Institute

The Fort McPherson Army Ground Forces Band  

The trajectory of the JOCADA Museum of Jazz & AAH erupts as an expansion of community support in celebration of 21 years of collaborative efforts with: 

 Clark Atlanta University (CAU)

The Sony Music Corporation

Photojournalist Jim Alexander

Cedar Grove High

German Glass Sculptor Hans Godo Frabel

Fort McPherson Army Ground Forces Big-Band

Atlanta African-American Philharmonic Symphony & Jazz Orchestra

Montreux Jazz Festival

The Detroit Jazz Festival

Drew Universities Legacy  Summer Jazz Festival

The Leimert  Park Jazz Festival

Wimbish & Associates . . . . .to name a few

By 2016, an invitation to consider a museum home in a Virginia community jump-started four- years of  "test-marketing". However, the intended property restricts a significant amount of space intended for museum visitors. Meanwhile, Directors collaborate with:

Caroline County High

Caroline Sunday School Reunion

Spotsylvania Sunday School Union

James Monroe High

The Virginia Military Institute

The John J Wright Museum

Painting With A Twist

The Fredericksburg Jazz Collective (FJC) 

St. Georges "Jazzers" 

Orleans Bistro & Grill 

In earlier years (2005) brought an increase of African Artifacts to JOCADA's permanent collection suggesting a name change to now being the JOCADA Museum of Jazz and African-American History (AAH).  JOCADA's permanent collection of exhibits are not just representative of America, but Italy, Germany, Belgium, Ghana, Nigeria, and Caribbean influences also. 

In keeping with garnering community involvement, the 2020 Black History Event in Caroline unveiled deeper revelation of the visual arts - in particular the migration of Africans during the Slave-Trade featuring, "Sketches" of African American Freedom Fighters by Yasmine Wright;  very compelling African Dance by Alex HarvellPaintings by Clare; and "The Art of Slavery", an Installation work by Photographer Callye Holmes. This work intersects creative talents with students & Faculty of  James Monroe High to incorporate "shocking imagery" which speak to odious dark events that evoke emotion for

                                          "The Door of No Return". 


Mission: JOCADA was created to provide Education Awareness, and to Foster, Promote and Preserve the Rich Heritage of "Jazz-Arts" and Black History & education; and to provide programs for youth & all members of the community to experience more diverse influences with strong focus on the "Big-Band" and Jazz influences. . . .an endangered artform.


Education  .  History   .  Legacy

Come! Experience places and times historically known as the

"Jazz Age" 

In 1975 volunteers of the Jazz Preservation Group comprised of three young ladies - Diana, Justine, and Callye. Each agreed to preserve the rich history of Jazz, America's endangered artform. They worked various cities in the US where Jazz was prominent throughout the 70's. The 80's, birthed the "electronic age" reducing work for Jazz musicians on stage, in film and recordings. There was also the "dance craze" at which time electronics often replaced the sound of pure "live" Jazz performances resulting in a significant loss of income, medical insurance, and in some cases a home for Jazz musicians! A good number of Jazz artists went on to further their careers and mentor young talented artists!

In 1991, the JPG ladies traveled to different regions in the US with strong focus to stay on mission. Diana became Executive Director, of the Leimert Jazz Festival in LA; Justine (Historian) researched and obtained eighty-plus years of 33's and 45 Jazz recordings; and Callye organized JOCADA, a non-profit Jazz organization spear-heading a few victories . . . .  

 2002Officially moved JOCADA in to Historic Downtown Douglasville, GA

2003 -  Held the Grand Opening of the JOCADA Museum of Jazz History

2004Developed an "After-School-Arts-Mentoring"  Program for youth

2005 -  Hosted the Annual Tribute To Legendary Jazz Awards & Concert

          * Tribute   A ward Recipients  * 

 *  German Glass Sculptor -  Hans Godo Frabel 

 * Atlanta-African American Philharmonic Symphony & Jazz Orchestra

  * ACE Program Youth & community collaborations



Jocada Black History  


Duplication/Copying not permitted. Charges may apply   - cbhphotography (c) 2020

Alex Harvell

African Dancer - JOCADA Black History Exhibit 2020

Dancer &Drummer: Mr. Alex Harvell of Spotsylvania County, has form, content, expression and movements unlike any other African Dancer. History deems African Dance to have many meanings and titles. It is believed that the invention of African Dance may have begun in Accra - a fishing community belonging to the Ga ethnic group known as Kpalongo. Similar form depicted in the image - careful study of African Dance form shows the basic movement involving one leg being planted and the other leg twisting on the ball of the foot to the beat of drum sounds. This visual concept of "form" finds movement to have originated in Jamestown. Another popular African Dance is called Gwara Gwara Dance form expresses leg movement & twists as well. In all, African Dance may be understood to have many forms that move to the beat of drummers (pictured above). JOCADA's 2020 Black History Exhibit represented at the time and/or in the tribe or country such as prayer, emotional communication, rites of passage, and much more.  Alex Harvell, takes shares a deep sense of self, compassionate movements through musical expression of his artistic Dance. This image captures specific movement and jestures from head to the tip of his feet which communicate emotional rhythmic body movement. His art may be seen throughout Virginia for the and before audiences in and around the US and abroad.  JOCADA spotlights African Dancer mr. Alex Harvell! 

Black History/Culture


A colorful interpretation of African-American, German, Italian, Native American and West-Indian Visual & Performing Art  influences of Artifacts, Photography, Mixed-Media, Lectures and more. SEASONAL 

Tribute to Legendary Jazz Awards


An Annual Musical Awards Event  

Artist Talk / Receptions


Lecture Series & Reception to meet the Artist

JOCADA  Jazz Youth

2021 TBD

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JOCADA Museum of Jazz & African American History 

Website: www.jocadamuseum.com 

Email: jocadamuseum1999@gmail.com

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                                                                  283 Devon Drive

Ruther Glen, VA  22546

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JOCADA Museum of Jazz & AAH

283 Devon Drive

Ruther Glen, VA 22546

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Callye Holmes, Exec. Dir.

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