Friends of Jazz
In January 2000, at the invitation of Trumpeter/Band Leader Sonny Bradshaw, a group of jazz enthusiasts including Harry Graham, Ken LaCruise, Jasper Adams, Ken L. Peart and Orville Cope, came together to discuss their concerns regarding the very obvious lack of opportunities being afforded to Jamaican and International Jazz musicians to have their music played on local radio and television stations. Commenting on times past when the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation had weekly broadcasts of "live" jazz from its studios at South Odeon Avenue, and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) offered Sunday evening programmes featuring the best of Jamaican Jazz Musicians, Bradshaw offered the following solution: "I wish to propose the formation of a 'Jamaica Friends of Jazz' organisation dedicated to the preservation of black classical music -- jazz."
Thanks to the organising efforts of committee members associated with the annual Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, "Jamaica Friends of Jazz" is now a reality. Among the member benefits promised by the committee is a quarterly "Jazz News" letter which will keep jazz fans tuned to the latest jazz happenings both on the local and international level. Membership is free, and "Friends of Jazz" application forms are available upon request by writing to: The Jazz Centre 22 East Kings House Road Kingston 6 Phone: (876) 927-3544.
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