Our Mission Statement
The West Coast Jazz Society has been organized to: Promote jazz appreciation by sponsoring concerts, festivals and community events; foster greater awareness and love of jazz among young people through support of jazz education and performance workshops in area schools and colleges; provide music scholarships for deserving students in pursuit of jazz education; offer people in our community with special needs the opportunity to enjoy jazz performances in barrier-free venues; cooperate and correspond with other jazz-oriented groups locally, regionally and nationally to exchange ideas and information that will enhance our programs; and provide an opportunity for jazz fans to meet and enjoy the fellowship of others with similar interests.
More About Us
The West Coast Jazz Society was organized in June 2016 with a stated goal of promoting, preserving, and perpetuating live jazz in Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, and other national and international locations. The Society produces numerous live music events throughout the year, and supports events presented by other arts organizations, schools, and colleges in the Lawton area. From a nucleus of 5 founding members, our current membership is around 15, including 2 Life Members and steady growing.
Our Monday Night Jazz Series is held on the third Monday of each month, September thru April (except December), and offers mainly mainstream jazz events, but does not exclude any genre of jazz, including traditional and Latin.
Our Jazz in the Park series consists of 10 weekly live jazz concerts at TBA, -------------------------- each Monday evening from mid-June thru mid-August.
The Society administers the W.C.J.S. Scholarship Fund which awards tuition assistance to college-bound students for their continued education in jazz studies.
We host an annual New Year’s Eve Black Tie Fundraising Dinner Dance in December with with a silent auction to benefit different local charitable organizations each year.
WCJS will begin honoring our outstanding local musicians beginning in the year 2019 ,by electing a "Musician of the Year." Our honorees thus far include: and this year’s recipient,----- .
These events, and more, are highlighted in our quarterly publication, Jazz In Perspective, which is mailed or emailed to our members. Past editions will be available for viewing on our web site.