SMF Jazz Academy

SMF Jazz Academy


Erez Dessel, SMF Jazz Academy Music Director
Aaron Jennings, SMF Jazz Academy Manager

SMF Jazz Academy is a year-long after-school jazz program that aims to empower the whole student by instilling life-long skills of academic, social, and musical achievement. SMF Jazz Academy is completely free to all Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) students in grades 5 through 12 and open to ALL music levels.


SMF Jazz Academy is held at the School of Humanities at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary and the Salvation Army Community Center. We are grateful for our partnership with SCCPSS, 21st Century Learning Centers, and the Salvation Army!

Have questions? Check out our FAQ page.

Savannah Music Festival provides SMF Jazz Academy at no cost to participants through the generous support of donors and sponsors. Thank you! 

SMF Jazz Academy’s founding sponsors are Ron & Susan Whitaker.

Investment in Savannah Music Festival’s SMF Jazz Academy is provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

SMF Jazz Academy is sponsored by the City of Savannah, Chestnut Family Foundation, Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., National Endowment for the Arts, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, and May Wall, Walter Lynch & May Li Wall Lynch.

SMF Jazz Academy is sponsored in part by Walter G. Canipe Foundation, Kole Management Company, Robert M. & Diane v.S. Levy, and Anne P. West.

Partial support for SMF Jazz Academy is provided by Atlanta Gas Light, Find Your Light Foundation, Georgia Council for the Arts, the Hodge Foundation, Jill Kammermeyer & Robert Hochstetler, Vicki & Jerry McElreath, Pincus Family Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities, and United Community Bank.

Additional support comes from The Arts Ashore Legacy Fund of The Savannah Community Foundation, Inc., D’Addario Foundation, Edward Dumas, Great Dane, Mimi, Joe & Parnell Krupp, and Amanda Montford.

The above list represents support provided within the last 12 months as of 4.26.22.