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The Jazz Legacy Project

Connecting Jazz and American Culture: Past, Present, and Future

What is the Jazz Legacy Project?

How did John Coltrane influence hip-hop? Why is Billie Holiday's voice so unique? How did Dave Brubeck force pro-civil rights policy in the South?

Created in 2015 after an epiphany Justin Varnes had while teaching a college Jazz History course, the Jazz Legacy Project combines education with entertainment. Each show features compelling stories about the artists and their influence on American music and culture woven in between authentic performances of popular jazz songs designed to engage casual audiences.

"It's a jazz concert and music appreciation class in one...oh, and they play their behinds off, too!" - Tamara Fuller, Velvet Note

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