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Welcome to the official website of The James Hardy Patterson Foundation Inc.!

Join us in our support of congressional bills H.R. 57 AND H.R.4280, as we work to preserve the historical knowledge and education of Jazz and Blues Music.

About The Foundation


Wayman A. Carver Scholarship

Wayman A. Carver 1905-1967 The Wayman A. Carver Scholarship Fund is created in the honor of a great humanitarian, musician, composer, arranger, pioneer and educator. The scholarship fund will support the Duke Pearson/James Hardy Patterson Foundation, Inc. Summer Jazz Camp. To qualify one must write a minimum 100 word essay on the life of the pioneering musician. The Wayman A. Carver Scholarship Fund will cover
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Who We Are

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Our Members
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Dr. James Hardy Patterson, Founder & CEO

A composer, conductor, arranger, performer on reeds and woodwinds, professor of music and founder of the Clark Atlanta University Jazz Orchestra
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Adisa Nickerson, President & Executive Director

Adisa Nickerson has focused his career squarely on making sure that young people are given opportunities, as he was, to experience and perform great music
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Patricia Waddy Gayton, Vice President & Development Coordinator

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Margaret Gilliam, Secretary & Treasurer

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