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About Us


Bringing jazz all the way UP Uptown

The Inwood Jazz Festival has a clear objective: to provide support for jazz artists and the artistic community in their post-pandemic recovery. By organizing live performances, the festival helps these artists regain their financial stability while keeping the tradition of performing arts alive. Additionally, the festival aims to enrich the community by offering vibrant outdoor events that showcase the cultural richness of jazz. This not only benefits the Inwood neighborhood but also creates a positive impact on the wider community. Ultimately, the Inwood Jazz Festival serves as a platform for economic stimulus, artistic preservation, and community engagement.

Aaron Scott

Inwood Jazz Founder and Curator

Meet IJF Founder and Curator Aaron Scott - Jazz Artist, longtime musical associate of McCoy Tyner, three-time Grammy winner, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and a proud resident of Inwood. On this occasion, he has put together a stellar line up of renowned jazz artists, featuring the legendary Billy Harper Quintet. Talk about jazz legends!


photo credit: Chris Drukker.

IJF Artists Aaron Scott
Co Director IJF

Virginia Peace Arnold


Co Director IJF

Barbara Schnoor 

Voulenteer Coordinator

Image by Mick Haupt

Meet Last Year's Artists

Image by Mick Haupt

Advisory Board

Robert Robbins

Martin Collins

Dana Hanchard

Morana Mesic

Rachelle Scott

Randy Simons

Jarvis Tyner

Lydia Bassett


Baldo Sound Design ENT LLC - Staging, Sound, Backline Equipment

Tom Bosco, owner - Inwood Farm Restaurant

Dana Hanchard - Community Outreach

The Department of Cultural Affairs

Billy Harper - LYHARP Music

Carl Nelson - Drums Along The Hudson

Rachelle Scott - Web Design

Clarie Zimmerman - Graphic Design

Randy Simon - Videography

Acknowledgement of Support

IPRP 1970, Inc., along with Lyharp Music LLC and The Billy Harper Quintet, are proud sponsors of the Inwood Jazz Festival.

We gratefully acknowledge the NYC Parks Department (permit pending). This project is also made possible in part with funds from UMEZ Arts Engagement, a regrant program supported by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) and administered by LMCC.

We're immensely grateful for the generous contributions and partnership of Robert C Arnold, CPA, Inwood Farm, CHOCnyc, Inwood Bagels, and the Jazz Foundation of America. Their unwavering support plays a crucial role in creating an unforgettable experience for our community.

Our Current and Past Supporters

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