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Mission: JOCADA (Jewel of Celebrated Artistry DA, Inc) is a Virginia non-profit corporation receiving its designation as a "tax-exempt" organization by the IRS in 2000. JOCADA was created to provide Education Awareness, to Foster, Promote and Preserve the Rich Heritage of "Jazz-Arts" history with strong focus on Big-Band" with its African-American cultural influences; and to provide programs for youth & all members of the community to engage in a diverse, fun, music-arts historic experience. Thank you for your cultural investment in Jazzan American endangered artform.


Education  .  History   .  Legacy

SUMMARY: 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 took on different regions in the US with strong focus to stay on mission and keep Jazz arts in the forefront. 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 in Detroit; and Callye organized JOCADA, a non-profit Jazz-Arts organization achieving victories below:

1999 - Organized JOCADA (Jewel of Celebrated Artistry DA, Inc.) as a nonprofit Organization

2000 - Received its designation as a Tax Exempt 501( c)(3) Virginia organization from the IRS

2002 - Secured a museum home in the Historic District of Downtown Douglasville, GA.

2003 -  Spearheaded the Grand Opening Gala of the JOCADA Museum of Jazz History
2004 -  Launched  the ACE program - an After-School-Arts-Mentoring"  Youth Program
2005 -  Produced the Tribute To Legendary Jazz Awards Program, Concert & Events

2007 -  Recruited stable Sponsorships & Donations to build museum displays 

2014 - Launched a Community Focus Group for Virginians

          * Tribute   A ward Recipients  * 

 *  German Glass Sculptor -  Hans Godo Frabel 

 * Atlanta-African American Philharmonic Symphony & Jazz Orchestra

  * 20 Youth completing the ACE Program - in the community Gallery




Photos by Associated Press. Duplication/Copying not permitted. Charges may apply (c) 2020

Cab Calloway

Jazz Bandleader: Mr.  Cab Calloway, was born Cabell Calloway III, in Rochester New York in 1907 -  raised in Baltimore MD. He was married to Nuffie. He studied law at Crane College in Chicago. Calloway was offered a contract to play basketball for the Harlem Globetrotters in 1928. Instead, he became one of the great bandleaders known for his performances at the Cotton Club in Harlem, and for his Vaudevillian life-style. He was a Jazz musician, singer, author, choreographer and songwriter!  In 1931, the Calloway Band took over for Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club and within that first year recorded "Minnie the Moocher" in 1931, along with numerous hits such as "Kicking The Gang Around"; "Reefer Man"; "The Scat Song"; "Mama I Want To Make Rhythm"; "A Chicken Ain't Nothing But A Bird"; and the "Hi-De-Ho-Man", between 1931 and 1947. Cab appeared in movies and was considered as one to break down barriers for people of color by taking his all black band on the road integrating music halls, theaters, and night clubs long before the civil rights movement. His career declined when the band broke up in 1948 - but had a "come-back" moment in 1952 with George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess".   Cab Calloway is remembered for hiring an unknown musician Dizzy Gillespie; he promoted the careers of Ms. Pearl Bailey and Ms. Lena Horne; and made household names of musicians such as Trumpeter "Doc" Cheatham, Saxophonist Chu Berry, Ben Webster, Illinois Jacquet, and Bassist Milt Hinton.  Cab Calloway appears in the Dan Aykroyd-John Belushi Film - "The Blues Brothers", and he has inspired generations of musicians, singers, actors and audiences for over sixty (60) years. Cab died at the age of 86 in Delaware after suffering a massive Stroke. His legacy lives on forever!  (Credits:  Mr. Steve Dollar/Associated Press)   


Black Arts & Culture

Opens Nov. 2nd 2023

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Caroline County presents:  A conceptual Fine Art Project - a colorful interpretation in celebration of American Native Indian Month, as a visual stimulation of the senses as visitors consider the African-American migration here to America and West Indies influences.  Opens November 2, 2023.Sydney King Art Center, 121 N. Main St., Bowling Green, VA from 11:00 am until  3:00pm. 


Tribute to Legendary Jazz Awards


Performing Arts & Awards Event  

Artist Talk / Receptions

Nov. 2, 2023 - 11:30 pm

An introduction to the artistic value as spoken by the featured Artist

JOCADA  Jazz Youth

Arts TBD

Coming Soon! Visit our Events Page 

JOCADA Museum Of Jazz & 

African American History 



    Business Office:  Jewel Of Celebrated Artistry DA  (JOCADA)

                                     283 Devon Drive,  Ruther Glen, VA  22546

      Mailing Address:    P.O. Box 273, Ladysmith, VA 22501

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Business Office

JOCADA Museum of Jazz & AAH

283 Devon Drive

Ruther Glen, VA 22546

Contact Us:

Callye Holmes, Exec. Dir.

1-(678) 360-4265

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