About Al Downing Jazz

The purpose of Al Downing Jazz is to encourage the performance, promotion, preservation, and perpetuation of jazz, and to nurture the growth and enhancement of this original American art form. We achieve this through our:

    • Scholarship Competitions
    • Educational Programming
    • Live & Online Concerts
    • Community Outreach & Partnerships

We are a 501 (c) 3 organization, graciously supported by individual donors, corporate sponsors, grant partners and our loyal ADJ Members.

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About Our Founder, Al Downing

Major Alvin J. “Al” Downing was the visionary founder of the organization now known as Al Downing Jazz. A decorated career military officer, civil rights activist, influential jazz musician, and respected teacher, Al Downing was an internationally-acclaimed musical pioneer. In addition, he was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, decorated U.S. Air Force officer, the first Black Commissioner of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority in Florida, and the first Black performer in the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra.

Current Board of Directors

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Fred Bluestone

Chair, Investment Committee

Retired Investment Professional • Virtuoso Harmocist
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Cheri Glaser

Chair, Volunteer Committee

Self-Supporting Production Potter • Jazz Enthusiast • Entrepreneur
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Heather Jackson

Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee

Skilled Entrepreneur • Brand & Operations Strategist • Educator • Concert Promoter • Vocalist, Songwriter & Producer
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Judy Sanchez

Chair, Membership Committee

Entrepreneur • Jazz Enthusiast • Retired Military Service Member
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Dwayne White

Chair, Scholarship & Education Committee

Educator • Virtuoso Trumpeter • Director & Arranger • Band Leader
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Bette Gregg

Vice President

Retired Educator & Counselor • Veteran Board Member for ADJ
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Don Lloyd

President

Professional Mediator & Arbitrator • Retired Educator • Coast Guard Auxiliary Member • Entrepreneur