J O C A D A
Museum of Jazz
African American History
Jazz History & Education
Jazz History . Events . Exhibits
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
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 . . . .
2002 - Officially moved JOCADA in to Historic Downtown Douglasville, GA
2003 - Held the Grand Opening of the JOCADA Museum of Jazz History
2004 - Developed 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
Photos by Associated Press. Duplication/Copying not permitted. Charges may apply (c) 2020
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
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
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JOCADA Museum of Jazz & AAH
283 Devon Drive
Ruther Glen, VA 22546
Callye Holmes, Exec. Dir.
1 - (678) 360-4265
Hours of Operation