The GULF JAZZ SOCIETY is dedicated to presenting, preserving and perpetuating America's Music in the Bay County area.
Founded in 1997, the GJS serves as an advocate of jazz music in the Panama City area of north Florida. The Society's mission is to raise awareness of jazz by presenting live musical events and otherwise preserving and perpetuating jazz as an important part of America's cultural heritage.
The GJS is an organization of jazz enthusiasts from all walks of life. Membership includes musicians, business, professional and retired persons, students and persons simply interested in listening to great music and advancing thew cause of America's original music.
Jazz is the only American music recognized by Congress as a truly original art form. Its' development and flowering not only reflects the cultural diversity and melting pot character of our social history, but represents American values of artistic freedom, improvisation and innovation.
Related jazz styles of blues and swing have provided the basis, stepping stone and bridge to all forms of modern American popular music - from rock to rap, even country. All styles have been touched by jazz.
The GJS is a 501(c) (3) non-profit.