Jazz 4 Justice™
Fredericksburg. Where Jazz and Justice For All Meet!
Save the Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020
Concert will take place virtually this year!
To Become a Sponsor
Please contact Ann Kloeckner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (540) 371-1105 X 116 if you would like to become an event sponsor and get your name in front of residents and businesses in the greater Fredericksburg area.
The Fredericksburg Area Bar Association & the University of Mary Washington proudly present Jazz4Justice™ featuring the UMW Jazz Ensemble directed by Doug Gately.
Jazz4Justice™ is an uplifting evening of the vibrant multi-dimensional jazz music. The UMW Jazz Ensemble, under the energetic leadership of Doug Gately, brings the audience at UMW’s Dodd Auditorium to their feet, with sizzling, diverse programs of jazz standards, original tunes and blazing solos. There’s something for everyone, no matter what age you are!
True to its name, this event has a purpose. Jazz4Justice™ proceeds support programs that enrich our community, level the playing field for those in need, and make our area a better place for all of its residents. Net proceeds are equally divided and donated to the University of Mary Washington Jazz Ensemble and Legal Aid Works® to provide:
- Scholarships for UMW students studying music. (In fact, the UMW performers include previous years’ scholarship recipients.)
- Legal services for low-income area residents, ensuring equal access to justice.
“I love playing in the UMW Jazz Ensemble. The scholarship I receive through Jazz4Justice™ makes it possible for me to participate in this great ensemble. Performing with this ensemble has given me the opportunity to make myself a better musician through studying challenging music and collaborating with community members and professionals within the ensemble.”
– Jessica Merritt, Lead Trumpet, UMW Jazz Ensemble
“I am a first-year student in the UMW Jazz Ensemble. The scholarship I received from Jazz4Justice™ gave me a feeling of relief; this scholarship has provided me with funds that made college feel more accessible. Practicing and playing with this ensemble has given me the opportunity to have access to professionals, and perform at various gigs across UMW’s campus and around the local Virginia area. Most importantly, I am truly fortunate to play with a group like this, and play music that I love.”
– Shawn Mitchell, Bari Sax, UMW Jazz Ensemble
“Legal Aid Works attorneys are very understanding and respectful. The legal advice and representation I received was both prompt and helpful. I absolutely loved my lawyer!”
– Client, Legal Aid Works
The Origin of Jazz4Justice™
In 2000, Fairfax attorney Ed Weiner, President of the Fairfax Law Foundation, attended a student recital at George Mason University. Impressed by the music, but distressed by the small audience, he saw an opportunity for a new partnership – George Mason University’s School of Music and the local bar association. If the School of Music would provide the musical talent, the local Bar Association would provide the audience and sponsors. Today, Jazz4Justice™ concerts are held throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Thus far, these concerts have raised more than $200,000 for music scholarships and an array of educational and charitable services benefiting Virginia’s local communities. Jazz4Justice™ has received awards from the American and Virginia State Bar Associations.