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Donald Meade Legacy Jazz Griot Award

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Donald Meade Legacy Society News:

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2020 Donald Meade Legacy Jazz Griot Award Recipient Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster will be awarded the Donald Meade Jazz Griot Award at the 11th Annual Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans, LA. Click to learn more about Stephen Foster.

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2019 Donald Meade Legacy Jazz Griot Award Recipient Dr. Jimmy Heath

Dr. Jimmy Heath was awarded the Donald Meade Jazz Griot Award at the 10th Annual Jazz Education Network Conference in Reno, NV. Click to learn more about Jazz Griot Dr. Jimmy Heath.

about us

The Donald Meade Legacy Society, has been founded upon the premise that the “story” is an essential part of Jazz education and that the storyteller or Griot creates a vital link between the music and life stories. Donald Meade's first voice stories embrace the social, political and cultural realities that shaped and created jazz truths.  He has inspired and encouraged numerous jazz artists, and he was a steadfast advocate for jazz education, particularly for young people.  The foundation continues his legacy through recognizing other jazz griots with the Meade Legacy Jazz Griot, in addition to creating platforms in which their stories can heard around the world. 

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Are you passionate about what we're doing? Do you know of someone from your community that should be recognized? Nominate them today.

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Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 

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The Donald Meade Legacy Foundation, a non-profit tax exempt organization, is committed to upholding and advancing the goals of the foundation.  We encourage and ask that you make a contribution, monetary or in kind, to continue and advance the values and philosophy of Donald Meade.