The Illinois Jacquet Foundation is a non-profit organization that honors the aspirations of the late Jazz tenor saxophonist Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet (1922-2004). Jacquet believed that Jazz music is a universal language of the heart, knowing no boundaries of race, creed or culture. Jazz music’s intrinsic power to uplift and inspire, Jacquet believed, should be passed on to the youth.
For each year since his passing, The Illinois Jacquet Scholarship in Jazz Studies has been assisting young tenor saxophone students at The Juilliard School in New York City. As The Foundation grows, it will establish scholarships at additional schools. The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), in Phoenix, Arizona, continues to play a key role in preserving Jacquet’s musical aspiration.