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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TESTIMONIALS
 
 
KEVIN (BRANDINO) BRANDON
Bassist
"I want to thank you for the support CJF has given me through this dark period of my life. Your support shined a light on my recovery which I will not forget."
CHERYL BENTYNE
Jazz Vocalist
"My heartfelt thanks are simply not enough. The California Jazz Foundation quite literally kept me going as I recovered from cancer. These angels of music helped me with their gracious generosity. I am forever in their debt and will do whatever I can to give back to the next musician who is in need."
 
SANDRA BOOKER
Jazz Vocalist
"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."
NOEL JEWKES
Saxophonist
"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!"