JAM Distinguished Professorship


JAM Distinguished Professorship

CJC Announces New JAM Distinguished Professorship,
Established by Jennifer A. Maxwell

The California Jazz Conservatory (CJC) has announced the JAM Distinguished Professorship (JAMDP), established by Jennifer A. Maxwell to promote artistic and academic excellence––while strengthening diversity, equity and inclusion––at the California Jazz Conservatory.

Noted drummer Gerald Cleaver has been named as first recipient of the honorary title. It was bestowed upon the incoming Chair of the CJC Drum Department by Dean of Instruction Jeff Denson and CJC President Susan Muscarella.

The JAM Distinguished Professorship, established to support the recruitment and retention of faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory, was funded with support from one of CJC’s own students, drummer Jennifer A. Maxwell, whose exceedingly generous support provided the funding needed to establish the JAMDP.  

The JAMDP joins other CJC initiatives in its longstanding commitment to support and promote diversity, equity and inclusion, throughout all areas of the organization––its faculty, staff, students, visiting artists and board of directors. 

The collective California Jazz Conservatory community wishes to express its immense gratitude to Jennifer A. Maxwell for her extraordinary generosity and stalwart dedication to the organization’s mission to forward the African American art form, jazz.