Jazz Is: Now – Jillian Grace – A Joel Ross Curation
Jillian Grace is a performer and storyteller from Cleveland, Ohio based in Harlem. A graduate of Howard University and the Manhattan School of Music, Grace has studied with musical heavyweights such as Buster Williams, Marc Cary, Damien Sneed and Jean Baylor. Outside of her collegiate experiences, she has been fortunate enough to play with the American Pops Orchestra in collaboration with PBS, supporting vocalists such as Patti Labelle, Leslie Jordan and many others.
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.