This past weekend, the Jacksonville Jazz Society (JJS) held their fifth Annual Scholarship Affair. The evening commenced with the Limitless Band which consist of approximately eight music students of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. The “Groov” Band was also a featured band at the event. Their music had the crowd bopping, dancing and grooving throughout the night. The affair was held at the Ramona Pavilion Ballroom and concluded with a silent auction, raffle and presentation of the Wayne Barlow scholarships to Tariq Adkins and Jacinto Sims.
Each scholarships winner received $1,000. The Wayne Barlow Scholarship was developed to offer assistance to students whose curriculum is focused on jazz music – whether it is vocal, instrumental or writing. The criteria to apply for consideration for this award (which can be anywhere from $500 – $5000), a student has to be entering their sophomore year in a accredited institution, college or university and pursuing a degree with a major or minor in Jazz studies. In 2009, the Jacksonville Jazz Society (JJS), formerly The Ritz Jazz Society, was formed by Na’im Rashid and Wayne Barlow. It is a volunteer organization of jazz enthusiasts, which includes professional jazz musicians, jazz scholars, jazz media professionals, jazz club and performance site owners and managers.
The core of JJS is composed of non-professionals who LOVE jazz and are dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and presentation of traditional and contemporary jazz music and to support the current and future generation of jazz musicians and enthusiasts. With approximately 300 guests in attendance, the JJS is already looking forward to next year’s event. For more information on the Jacksonville Jazz Society meetings, events or membership visit www.jacksonvillejazzsociety.org . Shown are Mark Marshall, JJS President and JJS Interim Vice President J. Valentine presenting scholarship to recipient Jacinto Sims, II and Tariq Adkins. Standing in the background is Jacksonville Jazz Society President Na’im Rashid.