Greeting from the Executive Director
William Doc Jones.
With over four decades of experience as a Professional Musician, Educator, recording artist, and entrepreneur, Doc Jones has established himself as a true legend in the field. He has had the honor of touring with renowned artists such as Otis of the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Pops Staple, and the Staple Singers, to name a few. Founded Doc Place, International Jazz Day AZ Foundation, and Jazz Town USA, an initiative to build affordable housing.
But that's not all - Doc has partnered with UNESCO and Herbie Hancock for the past ten years to promote International Jazz Day (April 30th). His mission has been producing Jazz Festivals that unite communities worldwide through their love for jazz music. And now, he is bringing this incredible celebration to the State of Arizona!
Most recent and goals have included duties as the Producer and Founder of International Jazz Day AZ Foundation,” a duly registered 501(C)3 organization and is trade name protected. The Foundation is celebrating its 10th Annual Jazz Day Festival here in Arizona as well as in Alamos Sonora Mexico. Int’l Jazz Day is an event currently celebrated in more than 196 Countries annually. Arizona’s Jazz AZ Day events have risen to rank among one of the more respected events round the State.
Other achievements by Doc Jones include the passing of an HRC Bill RHC2017 by the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives declaring April 30th as Jazz Day in Arizona; the support of ten Mayors and numerous Members of the House and Senate as well as the current and past two 2 Governors. The support garnered includes Proclamations from ten Mayors and the endorsement of two Governors of the State of Arizona.
Although a professional Jazz Musician, live Jazz & Blues event Producer; Doc Jones has been an educator more than 30 years over the span of three states and two countries (Chicago, Arizona, California and Los Alamos Mexico). Most recent educational position held at PLC Charter School located in Tolleson, Arizona.
A lover of not only Jazz and Motown Music, but of the Universal Language and the Arts, Doc Jones endeavors to garner support for affordable housing for musicians and other members of the arts in Arizona. He believes Arts are key tools that encourage education and are necessary to the future youth of our Country.