the i am project was designed to elevate awareness of jazz by exposing emerging and established musicians to a new and more expansive community. Our focus began with presenting, evolved into educational clinics, and has expanded into virtual conversations. for these conversations, we invite a cross-section of industry professionals to hear a different dialogue by those assigned to bear the
torch. the footprints they leave forge an enduring imprint on future generations.

their voices are louder than ever in this new century. it is one of social, racial and gender justice and equity that is no longer to be hidden from view. by giving a platform where their voices can be heard, we begin to hear a narrative global in scale that recognizes their commonalities and concerns about the world they one day will inherit.

through music they will begin to realize that their voice is not alone and that others have the same or similar concerns. they are stirring the pot and expanding their choices as they embrace and incorporate other forms of music. they are looking through a different lens to preserve the genius and aesthetic of the music and writing a new narrative into the future.




create alternative platforms to engage, empower and enrich people, illuminate the global conversation of human similarities, and generate awareness of the unlimited contributions of women and men to the art of music by digitally and visually archiving indigenous music performance.


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