The Donald Meade Legacy Foundation, has been founded upon the premise that the “story” is an essential part of Jazz education and that the storyteller or Griot creates a vital link between the music and life stories. Donald Meade's first voice stories embrace the social, political and cultural realities that shaped and created jazz truths.  He has inspired and encouraged numerous jazz artists, and he was a steadfast advocate for jazz education, particularly for young people.  The foundation continues his legacy through recognizing other jazz griots with the Meade Legacy Jazz Griot, in addition to creating platforms in which their stories can heard around the world. 


The Donald Meade Legacy Foundation, a non-profit tax exempt organization, is committed to upholding and advancing the goals of the foundation.  We encourage and ask that you make a contribution, monetary or in kind, to continue and advance the values and philosophy of Donald Meade. 


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To Recognize and Celebrate those whose Unique Voices make the story of jazz music more complete.

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Upcoming Events:

  • 07/06/15, 7pm. Donald Meade Memorial Concert at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL Featuring Master of Ceremonies - Richard Steele and Musical Director – Willie Pickens​

Our Mission:

Perpetuating the Legacy of Jazz Griot Donald Meade

The Donald Meade Legacy Foundation

  • 01/06-09/16  "Griot's Corner: Conversations with receipts of the Annual Meade Legacy Jazz Griot Award"  Jazz Education Network 7th Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.