Jazz Is: Now – Endea Owens and The Community Cookout – An Endea Owens Curation
Join 2022 Jazz Is: Now Curatorial Fellow Endea Owens for an afternoon holiday food and celebration in the heart of Harlem.
The Community Cookout is founded by Endea Owens. Birthed as the result of the pandemic, The Community Cookout is an initiative that creates inclusive spaces that are accessible to anyone no matter their race, gender, or background. The Community Cookout strives to make New York a better place through music, activism, and meals.
About the Jazz Is: Now Curatorial Fellowships
Since its founding, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem has provided young artists with opportunities to perform as well as curate concerts and events. NJMH Artistic Director Christian McBride started curating performances and presentations at the Museum in 2006, and Artistic Director Jon Batiste began in 2010 while a student at Juilliard. The excitement and energy those events brought to our community inform our current programming and creative vision.
As Christian and Jon became globally recognized jazz ambassadors, the Museum continued to provide emerging artists with career-enhancing opportunities to curate events at the Museum. In 2022, we formalized this initiative as the Jazz Is: Now Curatorial Fellowships, with generous funding from the New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship Program.
Our inaugural cohort of Jazz Is: Now Curatorial Fellows includes vibraphonist Joel Ross and bassist Endea Owens. These innovative artists have already made a splash on the international jazz scene with Joel releasing three albums on the legendary Blue Note record label, and Endea locking in the bass chair in Jon Batiste’s Stay Human band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Endea and Joel will be performing and curating a variety of events at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem throughout fall 2022.