About the Fletcher Henderson Jazz Festival

The first Fletcher Henderson Jazz Festival was held at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia in 1987. Founded by Rod Glenn and T. Marshall Jones, the festival continued for three years. In 1999, The Fletcher Henderson Foundation, Inc. was formed as an educational, charitable, and literary organization. From that Foundation, came a reinvented festival, founded by Mary Kearney, a Cuthbert native.

The festival was organized to preserve the memory and legacy of Henderson’s invaluable contribution to big band jazz in America and to celebrate the musical genius of Cuthbert’s native son. The festival has moved location throughout the years and now calls Iris Gardens its home. The festival takes place on the Saturday preceding Columbus Day, utilizing the amphitheater dedicated to Fletcher Henderson Jr. 

Board Members

Henry Cook, President

Bobby Jenkins, Treasurer

Sheri Michaels, Executive Director

Marion Butler

William Kearney

James McCoy

Mary Kearney, Founder/Vice President

Dan Kolan, Secretary/Artistic Director

Richard Lee, Business Manager

Dr. T. Marshall Jones

Vivian Seymore