B’Town Jazz (previously Jazz from Bloomington – renamed in 2014) was formed in 1999 by jazz musicians and aficionados in the Bloomington, Indiana area as an outgrowth of a concert to raise funds for rejuvenation of the Indiana (Buskirk-Chumley) Theater. The organization was incorporated as a non-profit in July 2000. Its primary mission is to promote and preserve jazz as America’s unique art form. This goal is advanced through affordably-priced jazz events and free public educational activities including an annual Jazz Fest, concerts, jazz jams, jazz camp scholarships for student artists, and programming for public school students. These activities have been developed with support from and through collaboration with a variety of organizations and corporate sponsors. B’Town Jazz is extremely proud of the educational activities in the organization, which serve over 2,500 students annually in addition to hundreds of adults in the community.
The video above does a good job of describing our various activities, although it is a bit dated. Most recently, Jazz Jams have taken place at Crazy Horse in downtown Bloomington, and the Jazz Fest has moved to the Monroe Convention Center.