Video by by Chelsea Campbell (April 2016)
ABOUT B’TOWN JAZZ
B’Town Jazz (formerly 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 lectures, concerts, sponsorships of student artists, and programming for public school students.
The primary commitment of B’Town Jazz involves increasing public awareness of jazz in its many forms and its presentation as America’s original contribution to the arts. We are dedicated to “keep the music alive” through low-cost and free jazz events for the community in the form of concerts, lectures, workshops and jam sessions. 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.