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 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 was never realized due to safe space 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 Art  collaboration with students & Faculty of  James Monroe High to incorporate "shocking imagery" which speak to odious darker 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 art influences with strong focus on "Big-Band" and Jazz influences. . . . an American 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 Art Expression


 Jocada Bandleader 


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

Cab Calloway

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, and 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 is 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; and he promoted the careers of Ms. Pearl Bailey and Ms. Lean Horne. He expanded jobs for black artists such as Jazz musicians like Trumpeter "Doc" Cheatham, Saxophonist Chu Berry, Ben Webster, 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 History/Culture


A colorful interpretation of African-American, Ghana, 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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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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