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California Jazz Foundation Names 2016 Recipient of “Nica” Award

The California Jazz Foundation has announced its 2016 Honoree, Grammy award winner
John Clayton, master of the acoustic bass and ever-ready, largely unheralded philanthropist. John excels as a composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator and musician, as well as co-leader, with Jeff Hamilton and Jeff Clayton, of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. John will be presented with the Nica award in April 2016 in Los Angeles. The “Nica” is awarded to those individuals who exemplify the legacy of the Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter, known as “Nica,” an iconic figure who forged a unique bond with the jazz community at a transformative time in American popular culture.

The Foundation recently completed nine years of service to the jazz community, assisting over 180 California jazz musicians with housing, food, utilities, transportation, medical referrals, dealing with governmental and other agencies, and virtually anything that’s needed. More than $125,000 has been granted for housing assistance alone.

 Save the Date - April 2, 2016
California Jazz Foundation's Annual Gala

The California Jazz Foundation is a charitable, nonprofit organization created to aid and assist California jazz musicians in financial or medical crisis. Established in 2006, the Foundation was formed to fulfill an unmet critical need to help these talented artists who have given us so much pleasure over the years – often with so little reward.

The California Jazz Foundation is committed to providing access to quality social and economic services for all eligible applicants. We do so through a team of caring, knowledgeable professionals in collaboration with community partners.

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You made me proud to call myself a jazz musician because your efforts demonstrate a love, respect, and genuine concern for us I did not know existed. You allowed me to endure the healing process with courage and dignity.

Jazz Vocalist

We are proud to report that since our founding in 2006, we have accomplished a great deal and touched the lives of countless California jazz musicians. The many services we've provided include arranging for desperately needed dental work, in-home nursing care, transportation to physical therapy, MRI's, discount prescriptions, hearing examinations, housing relocation, rent and utility payments and instrument replacement.

I am very happy to serve on the Advisory Board and to support the California Jazz Foundation. This group is strongly committed to helping jazz musicians in crisis. Their dedication to assisting those who have given so much is deeply appreciated.

CJF Advisory Board Member

We have established a growing network of medical professionals in every discipline, ready to provide essential healthcare services to qualified recipients on a sliding-scale basis. Beyond these services, our membership in the Entertainment Assistance Cooperative enables us to expand the safety net for our musicians.

The California Jazz Foundation also seeks to avert crises by raising musicians' awareness of the importance of prevention and early treatment of disease through free public education and community outreach programs.

By some miracle, I was put in touch with the California Jazz Foundation, and they generously sprang to my rescue... They have enabled many of us to go on, doing what we believe in and spreading music that brings joy to millions!


As a charitable nonprofit organization, the California Jazz Foundation relies on membership and support, not only from jazz lovers but all those who value the arts! Your support will allow us to continue helping California's jazz musicians in time of need. Won't you join us?

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