Lonnie Davis, president of JAI, called jazz "America's classical music," and stressed the necessity of spreading it's influence outside of New Orleans.
If anyone knows the importance of jazz it's Davis
, who grew up in The Big Easy while studying at The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
and New Orleans University
before being displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
currently organizes a monthly concert series called "The Jazz Room," which highlights regional jazz musicians while also paying tribute to the style's originators.
According to Davis
, "The Jazz Room" has been extremely successful, and its warm reception helped cultivate a desire to expand what JAI
offers the Charlotte community.