About Us

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It has been said, many times, that jazz is uniquely an American art form. Jazz connects, friends and families through the love of music!

The Red Cat Jazz Preservation Society, a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation operating and governed by the laws of the State of Texas, started in 2009 to highlight the importance of maintaining the musical heritage of jazz. The Red Cat Jazz Preservation Society believes music, especially Jazz, is rooted in the arts and is fundamental to the cognitive, affective, physical and intellectual development of all children.  Each year, we provide children within our surrounding communities with free music instruments and music-based college scholarships. This has been made possible by the generous donations we have received from partners and sponsors during ‘The Red Cat Jazz Festival’ the signature fundraiser, for the RCJPS.  All of our Jazz Educational Outreach Programs reach hundreds of elementary, middle and high school students each year throughout Houston and Galveston as well as the surrounding counties. Our education programs place emphasis on the appreciation of jazz music from a historic and cultural perspective. The organization sponsors four main programs: 1) Jazz Cats Summer Workshops, 2) Red Cat Raising Star, 3) Jazz in the Air, and the 4) Red Cat Jazz Festival in Galveston, TX.

The Young Cats is a pre-eminent jazz education program developing the next generation of Jazz artists and preserving the great American art form. The educational programs are open to students of all ages. This fun and immersive summer day camp provide education that develops the whole person raises self-esteem and teaches leadership, teamwork, problem-solving skills, good citizenship and respect for culture. During the classroom and/or workshop presentations, students discover how the visual art associated with jazz was influenced by the music, and how it played an important role in shaping the culture and events of 20th Century America.

The Red Cat Jazz Preservation Society’s Rising Star Talent Competition brings promising high school and college musicians to the stage as part of its mission to educate students about the importance of jazz music in Greater Houston. We are committed to encouraging young artists from around the nation to reach for the stars. This initiative works to promote the dynamic and rich legacy of the city’s musical history. Winners of the Rising Star competition will perform at the Red Cat Jazz Festival on both Saturday and Sunday.

Jazz in the Air, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) workshops hosted by O.B.A.P. (Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals). Each interactive workshop focuses on science, technology, engineering, and music as the arts along with ‘M’ for math. Research by National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has found that learning music facilitates learning and enhances skills, that children who study a music are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.

The Red Cat Jazz Festival is the largest Fundraising Event of the Red Cat Jazz Preservation Society. Each year, the Festival features international, national, regional, and local Jazz musicians, to help provide scholarships for deserving high school students go to college, kids to attend our summer workshops, and to provide FREE concerts to Hospitals, Senior Assistant Living Facilities, Elementary, Middle and High Schools to promote JAZZ education in the community.

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