What is the JDS? -The JDS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that hosts workshops, masterclasses and concerts to enrich the community of Jacksonville, FL.
When did the JDS begin? -The JDS was started in 2015 by John Lumpkin ll after seeing a need in his community to bring opportunities for up and coming artists.
What kinds of artists are featured? -Musicians such as Jamison Ross (Snarky Puppy), Jazzmeia Horn and many others have been featured on the JDS and have since gone on to garner national as well as international acclaim.
What are the concerts like? -Shows hosted by the JDS are divided into age specific sets. Adults, young adults and children all perform at a professional level. A JDS concert is a "cross section" of the future of jazz and music as a whole.
It exists, intertwined in our collective history and embedded into our imagination of what is possible. The Jazz Discovery Series is born out of that hope, that risk, and that excitement. It gives you access to the next wave of jazz musicians that may very well become legendary. The Jazz Discovery Series uncovers the new talent and presents an intimate opportunity to engage with fresh faces delivering more than just the contemporary. The Jazz Discovery Series is the doorway to the future.
There is an abundance of neglect and a lack of desire to talk about jazz and the formative presence in plays in communities around the world. Jazz is the direct product of a community. It provides the vision and intentionality of what a collective can become.
The Jazz Discovery Series is built to extract jazz from the prisons of archive and deliver vibrancy and viability to an art form that is very much alive. It is fine for our institutions to codify the past, but the present and the future of jazz belong solely to our curiosity.
The Jazz Discovery Series brings up-and-coming touring talent to Northeast Florida to help the region uncover not only rising stars, but also the path that was cleared for them and the bravery it takes to walk that road. We will celebrate what is going on now by acknowledging where we came from so that we can forge ahead, together.