Three performers are on stage wearing red.

Mwenso & The Shakes performing at Arden Club through the 2018-2019 Jazz Touring Network Tours. Photo Credit: Theresa Emmett and Braheem Wilson

The Jazz Touring Network is a presenter-based membership program that provides support for professional development opportunities and performance fee subsidies for its participants. New members are selected on an annual basis through an open, competitive selection process. Membership criteria for JTN prioritizes performing arts presenters in the mid-Atlantic region with little or no experience presenting jazz, while also encouraging applications from experienced jazz presenters seeking to strengthen their programming. The JTN prioritizes participation by presenters that work in and with communities underserved by the arts. Once selected, membership in the program is ongoing contingent upon meeting annual participation requirements.

A list of current JTN members is available below.

Questions regarding the Jazz Touring Network should be directed to Jess Porter at jess@midatlanticarts.org.

The Jazz Touring Network is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.



To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, please review the program guidelines below. The posted guidelines are for information purposes only.

Download the 2020 – 2021 Jazz Touring Network Membership Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)

Download the 2020 – 2021 Jazz Touring Network Membership Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)


The deadline for the Jazz Touring Network Membership application was August 30, 2019, 5:00 PM EST.

Current Tours

2019-2020 Jazz Touring Network Engagements

All schedules are subject to change. Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.

Akua Allrich performs on stage in this close-up shot. She wears a brightly colored tunic in red, gold, and black.

Photo Credit: Stella Maglore.

Akua Allrich Washington, D.C.

Jazz vocalist and DC-native Akua Allrich has proven herself to be a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. With finesse and charisma, and n outstanding band (The Tribe), this vocalist, composer and teacher, has successfully etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences with sold-out performances. She offers an artistry that she aptly (and perhaps playfully) summarized as “Jazz+ Neo Afro-Soul- Blues-reggae- funk-rock- folk music.” Allrich can carry a tune across these many genres with stunning authority. The innovative sound of her albums, A Peace of Mine, Uniquely Standard, Akua Allrich Live!, and her latest album, Soul Singer, has earned the young artist’s music and performances international acclaim. Akua Allrich has inspired music lovers from all walks with her exceptional work and brilliant artistry.

3/26/2020 Light Up the Queen, Wilmington, DE
3/27/2020 Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
3/28/2020 Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
Allison Miller is shot in black and white from the waist up. She wears a black top and holds two timpani sticks up by her head.

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez.

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, New York, NY

One of the most exciting jazz drummers on the scene, performer, composer, and educator Allison Miller gathers inspiration from a wide array of genres. Described by critics as a charismatic and rhythmically propulsive drummer with melodic sensibility, Miller engages her deep roots in improvisation as a way to explore all music. The critically-acclaimed percussionist and Yamaha clinician will be joined by her stellar band, Boom Tic Boom, and acclaimed tap dancer, Claudia Rahardjanoto, for the premier of her new JTN co-commissioned work, In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change.

In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change

Rivers are the lifeline of America, and in the 19th and 20th century, many social movements took place around waterways.  “In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change” is a multimedia suite for chamber jazz ensemble and tap dancer centered around five American rivers (Susquehanna, Delaware, James, Hudson, Schuylkill) and the social and environmental changes they inspired.

1/23/2020 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
1/24/2020 Bucknell University – Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA
1/25/2020 Ars Nova Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
1/27/2020 Light Up the Queen, Wilmington, DE
1/29/2020 University of Richmond – Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA
Antonio Hart wears a grey-blue suit and is shot in front of a mottles grey background. He cradles his saxophone in his hands.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of artist.

Antonio Hart, New York, NY

Antonio Hart is a Grammy-nominated alto saxophonist who has recorded 10 albums as a leader since 1991, and has played and recorded with some of the biggest names in Jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Hargrove, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Terence Blanchard.  Hart studied with Bill Pierce, Andy McGhee and Joe Viola at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he met Roy Hargrove.  He followed that with studies at Queens College where he worked with Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd.  Hart is currently a tenured professor at the Aaron Copland School of music at Queens College, and tours with the Dave Holland Big Band and the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band as well as his own ensembles.

10/5/2019 Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
12/7/2019 Kente Arts Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA
3/27/2020 BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
The members of whost note sit outside on a log and a couch. A coffee table sits in front of them and an old farm house is in the background. There are seven members and they are casually dressed.

Photo Courtesy of the artists.

Ghost Note, Dallas, TX

Headed by Snarky Puppy’s multi-grammy–winning percussion duo of Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, Ghost-Note is an explosion of sound. With an expansive roster of next-level musicians—representing members of Prince, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Marcus Miller, Toto, Justin Timberlake, and more—the band is pushing funk music into the future, building on the uplifting, pioneering foundations laid out by the likes of James Brown And Sly & The Family Stone and infusing their fresh take with tastes of Afrobeat, hip-hop, psychedelia, world folklore, and more.

With the release of 2018’s Swagism, Ghost-Note has made their mission clear. The album puts rhythm at the forefront, with irresistible, heavy-hitting beats underlying the group’s wild, rich music. Swagism showcases the band’s stunning ability to meld and amplify sounds, ultimately adding to ghost-note’s sharp, complex collaborations.

Fearless, both in Swagism’s sonic depth and conscious social commentary, the band easily translates this adventurousness in a live setting. Ghost-note’s live performances are bold and in your face, with the group offering up none of the tight-laced pretenses frequently associated with the band’s jazz roots. Focused on creating seductive danceable grooves and a contagious feel-good energy, each show is an opportunity to let loose and connect, for both fans and the musicians alike.

After forming in 2015, ghost-note has already begun to take the world by storm. The group’s two studio albums—2018’s Swagism and 2015’s Fortified—have earned critical acclaim and popular success around the globe, with both albums hitting the #1 spot on the iTunes jazz charts.

3/20/2020 Christina Cultural Arts Center, Wilmington, DE
3/27/2020 Frostburg State University – Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD
3/28/2020 Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
4/1/2020 Binghamton University – Anderson Center for the Performing Arts, Binghamton, NY
This is a performance shot of Makaya behind a full drum kit. He wears a black t shirt.

Photo Credit: David Marques.

Makaya McCraven, Chicago, IL

Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The bleeding edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is one of Chicago’s savviest cultural players and a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive, cinematic style defy categorization.

French-born but raised in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts by expatriate musician parents, McCraven studied Jazz at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the mentorship of jazz luminaries Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, and Yusef Lateef, and eventually went on to develop his chops in Chicago’s burgeoning scene.

His breakthrough album In the Moment quickly launched McCraven into the vanguard of not only Internationally-known jazz artists, but also a niche genre of next-wave composer-producers blurring the boundaries of jazz & electronic music.

His recent releases, the DJ-style mixtape Highly Rare as well as an internationally recorded Where We Come From have been well received globally, leading to increased bookings in some of the world’s best clubs, theaters, and festivals. McCraven’s most recently released Universal Beings, a 2xLP album features an A-list of “new” jazz players from New York, Chicago, London & Los Angeles.

10/4/2019 Arden Gild Hall, Arden, DE
10/5/2019 Ars Nova Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
10/6/2019 Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
Stefon Harris is shot in a light grey suit against a dark grey background. He wears glasses and is turned slightly in profile. He sits with his left arm resting on his leg.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Artist.

Stefon Harris + Blackout, NJ, NY

Stefon Harris’s passionate artistry and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him to the forefront of the jazz scene. Heralded as “one of the most important artists in jazz” (The Los Angeles Times), he has been named a recipient of the 2018 Doris Duke Artist Awards. One of the most prestigious programs in the arts, “the Doris Duke Artist Awards invest in exemplary individual artists in contemporary dance, jazz, theater and related interdisciplinary work who have demonstrated their artistic vitality and commitment to their field.” He is also a recipient of the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, has earned four Grammy nominations, and has been named Best Mallet player eight times by the Jazz Journalists Association.  This tour supports Stefon Harris + Blackout’s new album, Sonic Creed, an album that chronicles the story of a people and their time on the planet. It is a reflection of African-American life in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Furthermore, it is a sonic manifestation and creed of family, community and legacy. The album explores afresh the music of masters such as Bobby Hutcherson, Abbey Lincoln, Wayne Shorter and Horace Silver.

11/23/2019 Montgomery County Community College – Lively Arts, Blue Bell, PA
3/27/2020 Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA
3/28/2020 University of Richmond – Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA
4/18/2020 Hamilton College – Performing Arts, Clinton, NY
4/24/2020 Cornell University- Cornell Concert Series, Ithaca, NY
5/30/2020 Manchester Craftsman Guild Jazz, Pittsburgh, PA
A ma in a tuxedo is holding two Grammy Awards in his hands.

Photo Credit: Ricadro Proven for Cerebral Arts.

The Marlow Rosado Latin Jazz Ensemble, Miami, FL

High-energy, eclectic and amped-up 2-time Grammy winner, artist, producer, songwriter; Marlow Rosado, has over two decades experience in the music industry. With two Grammys and eleven nominations under his belt, Marlow is undoubtedly a driving force in the Latin music industry and one of the leading components in the salsa and Latin jazz scene.

The multi-instrumentalist Marlow Rosado leads a 12 piece orchestra as well as several Latin combo projects and is owner of one of Miami’s leading recording studios where artist such as Elvis Crespo, Ricky Martin, El Gran Combo, Alejandra Guzman, Jon Secada and many others, have produced some of their top selling musical productions. Marlow Rosado has earned his place as one of today’s most recognized songwriters with over 70 songs recorded by some of the most notable names in Latin music, an achievement that earned him the “La Musa” award at the 2015 Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

11/1/2019 Cornell University – Cornell Concert Series, Ithaca, NY
2/27/2020 Salisbury University – Cultural Affairs, Salisbury, MD
2/28/2020 BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
2/29/2020 Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
Veronica Swift is shot from the waist up against a red background. She faces the camera and her left arms is folded at the elbow and her hand rests on her chin.

Photo Credit: Bill Westmoreland.

Veronica Swift Trio, New York, NY

At age 24, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene.

In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition.  In 2016 she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne.   Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

In the summer of 2016 she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival Then in April, 2017 she started her residency at the infamous Birdland Jazz Club in New York City.

Veronica grew up on tour with her parents, renowned jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and celebrated jazz singer and educator/author Stephanie Nakasian.  It was with them where she first appeared at The Jazz Standard, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.  Veronica recorded two CDs as a child – one at age 9 with Richie Cole and her father’s rhythm section and her mother, and one at age 13 with saxophonist Harry Allen.

Veronica releases her next album, “Confessions” on Mack Avenue Records in 2019, which will feature the great pianist Benny Green and his trio as well the Emmet Cohen Trio.

10/11/2019 On Stage At Kingsborough, Brooklyn, NY
10/27/2019 Montgomery County Community College – Lively Arts, Blue Bell, PA
4/3/2020 Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV
4/4/2020 Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA
5/1/2020 Frostburg State University – Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD
Voyu Sotashe performs in front of the bright blue and black background. He is standing in right profile, wears a white sweater, and holds a mic up to his mouth in his left hand.

Photo Credit: Frank Stewart.

Voyu Sotashe, New York, NY

Young South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe, is gradually making his mark in the New York jazz scene. Sotashe moved to the NYC in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue Master of Music at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014, and performed on the festival’s main stage in February of 2015. More recently, he won the Audience prize award and placed second over-all at the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in 2015, held at the annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. In the same he placed third in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal competition, where he was the very first male vocalist ever to place in the competition’s finals.

4/9/2020 Bucknell University – Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA
4/10/2020 Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
4/13/2020 Salisbury University – Cultural Affairs, Salisbury, MD
4/24/2020 BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
4/28/2020 Virginia Arts Festival, Norfolk, VA


Arden Gild Hall
Ron Ozer, President
2126 The Highway
Arden, DE 19810
Phone: 302.898.9308
E-mail: concerts@ardenclub.org

Ars Nova Workshop
Mark Christman, Executive and Artistic Director
Bok Room 509
1901 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 20002
Phone: 215.805.3376
E-mail: mark@arsnovaworkshop.org

Artvolution Cultural Innovation Project, Inc.- Modern Renaissance Jazz
Vena Jefferson, Executive Director
1911 Ironwood Lane
Bensalem, PA 19020
Phone: 267.777.9553
E-mail: vena@artvolution.org

Atlas Performing Arts Center
Heidi Hawkins, Director of Programming
1333 H Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202.399.7993 ext. 116
E-mail: hhawkins@atlasarts.org

BlackRock Center for the Arts
Brad Watkins, Artistic Director/Programming
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874
Phone: 240.912.1059
E-mail: bwatkins@blackrockcenter.org

Binghamton University – Anderson Center for the Performing Arts
Annette Burnett, Operations Director
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902
Phone: 607.777.2311
E-mail:  aburnet@binghamton.edu

Bucknell University – Weis Center for the Performing Arts
Kathryn Maguet, Executive Director
One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: 570.577.1670
E-mail: klm041@bucknell.edu

Jamie Sandal, Managing Director
2853 Ontario Road, NW #501
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 301.943.2683
E-mail: jamie@capitalbop.com

Carnegie Hall
Lynn Creamer, Artistic Director
105 Church Street
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Phone: 304.645.7917 ext. 114
E-mail: creamer@carnegiehallwv.org

Christina Cultural Arts Center
H. Raye Jones Avery, Executive Director
705 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302.851.1633
E-mail: CCACJones@aol.com

Cornell University – Cornell Concert Series
Dr. Deborah Justice, Manager
101 Lincoln Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607.255.4363
E-mail: drj46@cornell.edu

Creative Alliance
Josh Kohn, Performance Director
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: 410.276.1651
E-mail: josh@creativealliance.org

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Ariana Hellerman, Director of Programming
1 MetroTech Center North, Suite 1003
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-403-1641
E-mail: ahellerman@downtownbrooklyn.com

Flushing Town Hall
Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director
137-35 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718.463.7700 ext. 225
E-mail: ekodadek@flushingtownhall.org

Frostburg State University – Cultural Events Series
Melanie Moore, Associate Director – CES
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
Phone: 301.687.4151
E-mail: mamoore@frostburg.edu

Hamilton College – Performing Arts
Michelle Reiser-Memmer, Performing Arts Administrator
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Phone: 315.859.4305
E-mail: mreiserm@hamilton.edu

Jefferson Center
Donna Thompson, Programming Director
541 Luck Avenue, SW, Suite 221
Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone: 540.343.2624 ext. 215
E-mail: dthompson@jeffcenter.org

Kente Arts Alliance
Mensah Wali, Artistic Director
1212 Manhattan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Phone: 412.322.0292
E-mail: mensah@kentearts.org

Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College
Jon Yanofsky, Director, Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, NY 11367
Phone: 718.570.0924
E-mail: jon.yanofsky@qc.cuny.edu

Lake Placid Center for the Arts
James Lemons, Executive Director
17 Algonquin Drive
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone: 518.523.2512
E-mail: james@lakeplacidarts.org

Light Up The Queen
Sarah Koon, Executive Director
500 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302.504.9574
E-mail: sarah.koon@lightupthequeen.org

Montgomery County Community College – Lively Arts
Brent Woods, Senior Director of Cultural Affairs
340 DeKalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Phone: 215.641.6439
E-mail: BWoods@mc3.edu

MCG Jazz
Marty Ashby, VP & Executive Producer
1815 Metropolitan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Phone: 412.322.1773  ext. 121
E-mail: MAshby@manchesterbidwell.org

On Stage At Kingsborough
Anna Becker, Executive Director
2001 Oriental Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Phone: 718.368.5148
E-mail: ABecker@kbcc.cuny.edu

Bryan Beninghove, Executive Director
P.O. Box 17291
Jersey City, NJ, 07307
Phone: 201.920.7209
E-mail: riverviewjazz.org@gmail.com

Salisbury University – Cultural Affairs
June Krell-Salgado, Director of Cultural Affairs
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 410.543.6271
E-mail: JEKRELL-SALGADO@salisbury.edu

University of Richmond – Modlin Center for the Arts
Shannon Hooker, Assistant Director
T-107A 28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: 804.287.6559
E-mail: shooker@richmond.edu

Virginia Arts Festival
Kimberly Schuette, Artistic Administrator
440 Bank Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757.282.2811
E-mail: kschuette@vafest.org

Manage Your Grant

COVID-19 Coronavirus: As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation, and we recognize the need to be flexible.  We recognize that out of an abundance of caution, grantees may need to cancel grant-supported engagements or activities. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Director of Operations, Phillip Harmon, or the MAAF program officer handling your specific grant program or activity to discuss your concerns or options. You can find staff contact information here.  Please be assured we will not penalize grantees for canceling grants due to COVID-19 coronavirus considerations and will be as flexible as we can within the limits of our own funder limitations.

Virtual Engagement Guidance

As arts presenting organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation will continue to take a flexible approach to our program policies during this time. While we believe that live, in-person performances are hard to replace, we are also open to adaptive approaches that will ensure continued access to these arts experiences. Therefore, we are glad to announce the following policy for virtual engagements as an option for our grantees to fulfill their public performance and community engagement activity requirements.

Please read the full guidance document to understand the requirements of presenting your funded engagement as a virtual presentation. We have also included links to a few resources that may help you guide your decisions around virtual presentation.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Virtual Engagement Guide as an accessible Word document (Click link to download)

Changes in Project Proposal

Any changes in the content, schedule, or budget of your project as proposed must be submitted in writing for approval prior to being implemented. Requested changes must be submitted to Phillip Harmon, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

Acknowledgement and Crediting requirements were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below.  Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage Details

The following statement and the Jazz Touring Network logo, and where space permits, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo MUST appear in all programs, websites and press releases produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project. In addition, the following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo should be included whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary, in all flyers and postcards, email communications, season brochures, social media posts and calendars, and any other print or electronic promotional and publicity materials produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project.

  • This statement must be used in its entirety and cannot be altered in any way.

This engagement of [ARTIST] is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Website Link

Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with MAAF. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in MAAF’s logo.

Final Reports

Final report requirements and instructions were included as Exhibit B of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the Common Information Form for the grant must be used to complete the final report. If you do not remember your login and/or password, please use the link on the eGRANT login page to retrieve the information.

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.