The Unity Jazz Foundation, Inc. initially began in the year 2009 by Atlanta native, businessman, vocalist/ musician and jazz advocate, Stan Bryant, at that time, known as The Atlanta Jazz Association. Mr. Bryant envisioned a "forum platform" where a small group of participants could meet, greet, educate, be educated and enlightened on topics regarding the jazz genre.
After receiving an "epiphany" on giving back to the community, Mr. Bryant began the tedious process of forming the Unity Jazz Foundation. While networking and seeking advice from several "aficianados" in the jazz music industry, the initiative and vision of UJF was finally coming to fruition.
Eventually, Mr. Bryant began the process to expand the vision of UJF by submitting application to become a full Federal and State registered Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization and increased the vision by offering endowments, scholarships and awards to students of Jazz, Music & Arts programs in schools.
On August 26, 2014, The Unity Jazz Foundation, Inc. was recognized as a full Domestic Non-Profit Corporation.
In January 2016, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) recognized Unity Jazz Foundation for honouring Dr. Patricia Ford, Principal, Mr Jamont Lane, Director and South Atlanta High School Jazz Ensemble as the 2016 Unity Jazz Endowment Award Recipients.
The Unity Jazz Foundation's main target demographic consist of all individuals who desire to raise their jazz consciousness through forums, workshops, masterclasses, education, community interaction, and artists performances.