Attend a jazz concert this month and you might be doing your job to help pass the music on to a new generation.
Several fundraisers will be held over the next month to benefit The Junior Jazz Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to foster a love of jazz in school-age musicians locally. The Big Band Swing concert fundraiser scheduled for Thursday at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa (which also benefits Volunteers in Medicine and honors its founder, Dr. Jack McConnell) has already sold out. The seventh annual charity golf tournament starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Arthur Hills Course in Palmetto Dunes. A four-person team costs $300, individuals are $100.
Also, all proceeds from concerts at The Jazz Corner this month go to benefit Junior Jazz. Vocalist Annie Sellick and trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden play Friday and Saturday; Marlena Smalls and Lavon Stevens play Thanksgiving weekend.
The Jazz Corner founder Bob Masteller started the foundation about five years ago.
The foundation has hosted workshops, donated instruments and funded student trips to jazz camps. The foundation sponsored a jazz camp at Hilton Head Christian Academy over the summer.
Junior Jazz Foundation