Museum of Jazz 


African  American History

Seasonal Traveling Exhibit

        Jazz History  & Education

The Chorus

R. Martino Avery:   Officer/Director: Graduate of Howard University; Masters in Classical Music; and Music Director for three Ministries in the Commonwealth; also Music Director /Stage Manager for Plays & Musicals in Atlanta, Detroit and soon for a production in France.  He has served as Writer/Producer/Arranger for over thirty-five years; and as the Music Director for "Live" performances in London, Scotland, Ireland, France, and the US!  He is a Music Instructor who enjoys working with youth and adult musicians and vocalists. R. Martino Avery instructs and mentors youth and joins JOCADSA as the Music Director for the ACE Program

Daron Burks: Officer/Secretary: Graduate Benedict College 1994, B.A. in Mass Communications; Co-Director Youth Mentoring Program. Chair, of Display Committee.


Cynthia Bulger: Graduate Valdosta State, B.A. Business Administration, Graduate of Leadership Georgia. Chair of African American Exhibits.

Gail Armstead: Officer: Interim Treasurer: Chairs Community Volunteers; Chairs Annual Community Events; Marketing Committee.


Shannon S. Golphin: Graduate Valdosta State 1994, B.A. History; Masters in Library Media.


John S. Holmes: Exhibit Build;  Transportation; Exhibit Setup.  Served in the US Army. 


James H. Patterson: Advisor: Displays. Graduate of CAU 1962; Masters in Music; Honorary Doctorate-Morris Brown College; Director of the CAU Jazz Band; Chair of JEN (Jazz Educators Network) for Charlie Parker. Performance at Carnegie Hall in Spring of 2020 in New York is now pending due to Covid-19.

Demetrius Smith: Graduate Valdosta State 1994; B.A. in Political Science; B.A. in History; Graduate University of Georgia 1995 M.Ed Personal & Higher Education.


Diana Wimbish: Advisor: Graduate University of Southern California; Founder of the Leimert Jazz Festival in Compton, CA; Producer of the all-female Jazz Ensemble "NZinga"; Co-Producer for Drew Universities Legacy Jazz Series in L.A; and Board Member of the Hartford Jazz Society.

Callye Holmes: President & Executive Director. Studied at Oglethorpe University- AMA Graduate 1994 in Management Development; Studies at MaryGrove College-AMA Corporate Ed 1993; The Study of Human Behavior, Marketing and Promotion. Studied at the Savannah College of Art & Design(SCAD) - Photography Major (for museum studies); 2-D Design; 3-D Design, Sketching, Black & White Film; Digital Photography; Photo Editing; Lighting; Perspective Drawing; and Western Art History. Founder JOCADA. 


*JOCADA Directors bring a minimum of 45 years of Jazz education & relative experience*