SUMMIT, NJ - The New Jersey Jazz Society (NJJS) is the recipient of a $2,850 grant from the Summit Area Public Foundation (SAPF), a gift that will support the NJJS 'Generations of Jazz' traveling jazz history program. 

The nonprofit New Jersey Jazz Society exists to "promote and preserve America's original art form -- jazz." The 'Generations of Jazz' program is a traveling jazz history presentation. Approximately 75 minutes in length, it includes a quintet of experienced musician-narrators who survey some of the music's highlights throughout the decades -- offering a definition of jazz, a look at its instrumentation, an examination of some of its history, and some live performances. A question-and-answer session follows the musical performance.

Julie Keenan, SAPF president, said the Foundation is "proud to support first-time grantee New Jersey Jazz Society. NJJS' Generations of Jazz program, which will be presented at local area libraries, will offer residents a unique opportunity to learn about and experience jazz."

Averaging 38 grant each year, the SAPF is a community foundation that fosters philanthropy in the Summit area by identifying local needs and offering donors flexible ways to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. During the past 10 years, the SAPF has awarded more than $5.2 million to 107 nonprofit agencies.