The Junior Jazz Foundation was formed to preserve jazz through education and live performance. The spirit of the Junior Jazz Foundation is to make sure that schools and promising young artists get the instruments, music lessons, and facilities they need.  It ensures that young musicians are endowed with scholarships to fulfill their American musical heritage.

The Foundation sponsors great jazz performances for everyone to enjoy at the musical showcase, The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island, Bob Masteller’s Jazz for All Ages Annual Festival, Hilton Head Jazz Camp and outreach venues throughout the Lowcountry. It is proven that young people who play jazz stay on the right track. They learn teamwork, concentration and excellence through effort and the joy of performance.

The Junior Jazz Foundation is lead by a board of directors and volunteers. All their energy is focused on the education of our great young rising stars and excellence in live jazz performance.

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Thank you for supporting jazz education and preservation.

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The Foundation collects and pays to refurbish old instruments so that they become a key element of a students musical, educational and developmental journey. Donating an instrument today is a huge contribution to the Foundation and it’s easy to do.

Click here to download a gift receipt for your donation. You can then mail the instrument to the address on the form or drop it off at The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island. Click here for directions.



Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2018...

ANYTHING MOSE! ~ The Mose Allison Project with Richard Julian & The John Chin Quartet.

Two evenings to celebrate legendary pianist/singer/composer Mose Allison’s unique, profound wit in music and lyrics and his major influence on musicians of the last 50 years!

For dinner and concert reservations please call The Jazz Corner at 843-842-8620.


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Emmet Cohen! ~ The Jazz Corner is honored to present The Emmet Cohen Trio March 2-3, 2018... please join us on Hilton Head Island for Emmet’s debut performance at The Jazz Corner...

“Lots of young pianists have chops and energy, but Cohen also has an instinct for meaningful aesthetic form. His spilling runs and chiming resolutions are necessary to an overall design.” — Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation's pivotal artistic figures. Downbeat praised the "nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary" he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences at what he terms "the deepest level of humanity and individuality." Cohen plays with the command and passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium. Leader of the "Emmet Cohen Trio," Cohen presents jazz performance lectures through the YoungArts Foundation and Lincoln Center's "Jazz for Young People" program. He has appeared in the Monterey, Newport, North Sea, Bern, and Edinburgh jazz festivals, among others, and at many famous music venues, including Rose Hall and the Kennedy Center. Cohen has also played in legendary international nightspots, such as Birdland, the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazzhaus Montmartre, and Ronnie Scott's. He is Hammond B-3 organist-in-residence at Harlem's Smoke jazz club. A Suzuki piano student at age three, Cohen holds jazz piano degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and the University of Miami (B.M.). He was finalist in both the American Pianists Association's Cole Porter Fellowship (2015, 2011) and the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition (2011). Cohen has performed or collaborated with Debbie Allen, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Lea DeLaria, Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Jimmy Heath, Ali Jackson, Bill T. Jones, Brian Lynch, Christian McBride, and Herlin Riley.

Visit Emmet at emmetcohen.com

For information and reservations - 843-842-8620


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Rodney Jordan Quintet CD Release Tour! January 12-13, 2018 @ The Jazz Corner...

These concerts kick off a CD release tour of bassist/educator/composer Rodney Jordan's debut album as a bandleader, Playing Jazz Vol. 1. Accompanying Jordan for the show will be trumpeter Melvin Jones, saxophonist Mark Sterbank, pianist Louis Heriveaux, and drummer Quentin E. Baxter.

Jordan is certainly no stranger to the Lowcountry audiences, having facilitated the bass chair in performances with world-renowned artists such as vocalist René Marie and pianist Marcus Roberts. Rodney is one of the most versatile jazz bassists on the scene today; Jordan's tone is rich and soulful when he plays hauntingly beautiful phrases with the bow. Just as readily, he plays fast virtuosic passages with apparent effortless skill. Jordan’s knowledge of harmony from his classical bass training combined with the relentless feeling of swing in his playing is a perfect fit for the powerful melodic, blues-based, syncopated improvisational sound of the Marcus Roberts Trio.

Jordan can be heard on numerous recordings, including the Marcus Roberts Trio, Marcus Roberts Nonet, Béla Fleck & the Marcus Roberts Trio, René Marie, Russell Gunn, Curtis Fuller, Bill Anschell, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Melvin Jones, and Scotty Barnhart.

More importantly, Jordan can be heard up close and in person here at The Jazz Corner on January 12 & 13!

We look forward to seeing you soon at The Jazz Corner.

To request reservations please call 843-842-8620 or visit www.thejazzcorner.com

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JJF Rising Stars with David Masteller gave a wonderful performance today at an event promoting the 2018 Bravo Music Festival. The festival is part of the HHI International Piano Competition and sponsored by HHI Lexus and the Jazz Corner. ...

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Many Thanks to the Mary Green Chorale and to Reggie Deas for a wonderful concert benefitting the Junior Jazz Foundation! ...

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