SMF Jazz Academy

SMF Jazz Academy


Jessica Messere, Manager
Erez Dessel, SMF Jazz Academy Music Director
Aaron Jennings, SMF Jazz Academy Program Coordinator

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.


Before the COVID-19 pandemic, SMF Jazz Academy’s program site was held at the School of Humanities at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary. SCCPSS and 21st Century Learning Centers have been gracious to allow a partnership for the use of their facilities and resources.

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SMF Jazz Academy is made possible by generous supporters and sponsors.
Thank you!
Ron & Susan Whitaker, founding sponsors
Investment in SMF Jazz Academy is provided by the City of Savannah
Sponsored by Marla & Morris Geffen, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Walter Lynch & May Wall, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and Anne P. West
Sponsored in part by The Hodge Foundation, Junior Jazz Foundation and Widespread Panic’s Tunes for Tots
Partial support provided by Walter G. Canipe Foundation, Kole Management Company, The Krystal Foundation, Mrs. Ellen O’Bannon, Publix Super Markets Charities and United Community Bank