Jazz Matters, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that believes Jazz Matters, because music matters. Jazz is America's only original art form and this national treasure was created by African Americans.

It is our vision to Preserve a Musical Culture, Tradition & Art Form by:

  • inspiring emerging Jazz artists
  • educating and developing the interest of new Jazz audiences
  • providing a forum for Jazz artists to perform and perfect their craft.

“Memorable concerts don’t merely deliver what’s expected; they also take audiences beyond what they can envision.”
The Musician’s Way, p. 211

Our Founder: Edwin

Jazz Matters, Inc. was founded by Edwin Williams, an accomplished bassist, who is no stranger to the Atlanta music scene. He was featured bassist for over twenty years with the John Robertson Trio at the world renowned, Dante’s Down the Hatch jazz club in Atlanta, Georgia and has performed nationally and internationally with major jazz and R&B artists and with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's in its annual "Soulful Christmas" production.

For the past several years, he has produced jazz events, such as, the annual summer concert series, Experiencing Jazz Series: Jazz Matters at the Wren's Nest; A Soulful Sunday and Sunday Live! A Jazz Experience; Soulful Sunday Jazz for various art centers in the Atlanta metro area featuring over 70 performing artists and students from Atlanta, Marietta and Perry, GA performing arts programs.

Edwin's desire to keep jazz alive, led him to establish Jazz Matters, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Jazz Matters, Inc., mission is to Preserve a Musical Culture, Tradition, Art Form.