What is a Griot?

The Griot emerged from West African traditions as a storyteller, historian, chronicler and keeper of the timeline. The Griot in short, remembers through word and song all of the important events and experiences of a particular community. The Griot holds sacred the collective memory of a community preserving it for future generations

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Donald Meade Legacy Jazz Griot Award

The Donald Meade Legacy Society is committed to recognizing and celebrating those who have demonstrated a dedication to jazz music, history and culture through the vehicle of the story.

DONALD MEADE LEGACY JAZZ GRIOT AWARD RECIPIENTS

2012

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DONALD MEADE

2013

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DR. WILLIS KIRK

2014

DR. LARRY RIDLEY

DR. LARRY RIDLEY

2015

JOHN CONYERS JR.

CONGRESSMAN 

JOHN CONYERS JR.

2016

LARRY RENI THOMAS

LARRY RENI THOMAS

2017

WILLIE PICKENS

WILLIE PICKENS

2018

Nobuo Cobi Narita

NOBUKO "COBI" NARITA

2019

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DR. JIMMY HEATH

2020

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STEPHEN FOSTER