About Us

The Town of Davie Jazz Society (Davie Jazz Society) was founded in 2018 by a group of dignitaries, humanitarians, business leaders, musicians and jazz lovers committed to elevating the image of jazz and its artists in the community.

The mission of the Davie Jazz Society was formed to support the first-ever jazz festival in the town’s history. Additionally, along with GO CARES (non-profit), our mission is to excite, educate and engage public school students with the vibrant rhythms and sounds of the only indigenous American music – jazz.  We present multicultural and interactive in-school and off-campus jazz education programs and music coaching.  We also promote and honor the legacy of jazz and ensure its future by identifying and nurturing the emerging jazz musicians of tomorrow.

The Davie Jazz Society is a collaborative partnership with a Greater Orlando CARES (where it’s model began) in 2014 for the International Jazz Day celebration. GO CARES is a nonprofit, mentoring corporation organized under the laws of the State of Florida, and under section 501C (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The primary focus of the organization is on jazz education for young people; to identify and nurture emerging jazz musicians and to help create future audiences by stimulating an appreciation for jazz and the arts through its education programs. We also honor and host programs and events that support our aging and veterans and raise awareness for various mental health and children with learning disabilities. This effort has garnered both an endorsement by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Washington DC and the worldwide UNESCO agency and a valuable partnership with Orange County, Seminole County, and Broward County School Boards and the Lisa Maile School. The research, dedication, and diligence to the mission and programs resulted in a PBS Artisode Documentary called “Music and Mentoring” which stems from the heritage music we call JAZZ.

Our Board Committee Members

International Jazz Day Global Ambassador

Herbie Hancock

Davie Jazz Society

Chair Mayor Judy Paul
Jill Barton – Coldwell Banker
Paula Bradshaw – Greater Orlando CARES
Yvonne Loggins Coleman – Jazz Ambassador and LCB International
Dr. Marcelle Wilson Davis – Booz Allen
Pedro Diez – The Falcon Group
Eva Ducanis – Student – Nova Southeastern University
Howard Duperly (Honorary) – WDNA 88.9FM
Nouchelle Hastings – Hit the Ground Running
Liana Pernes – Nova Southeastern University
Ben Wajsblat – Tower Deli Corp

Production Team

Evan Bass – 2019 Intern