Our mission is to provide musical opportunities to underserved
On August 27, 2009, this non-profit, 501(c)(3), public charity was co-founded by Leola’s granddaughter, Maurina L. Brooks, and daughter, Susan K. Wilson, in loving memory of Leola’s legacy of giving to others and her love of music.
Leola Lucille Travis, the daughter of Thomas and Leola (Broadnax) Travis, was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 6, 1933. She lived at 566 Mount Vernon Avenue, attended Garfield Elementary, Champion Junior High, and East and Central High Schools, and graduated from East High School in 1951. She married James E. Wilson in 1953, and they had four daughters, eleven grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.
Leola came from an extensive family background in music. Her four brothers, James, Charles, Joseph, and Thomas, performed around Columbus in the 1930s and 40s as the “Four Knights of Harmony.” Leola took piano lessons as a child, but never learned to read music. Anyone who heard her play would agree that she possessed a natural ability to arrange chords in a most beautiful expression.
Leola went to be with Jesus on June 2, 2008. It has always been her desire for children everywhere to be able to read music and play a musical instrument. This foundation is a fulfillment of that dream.
We strive to educate our inner-city youth about their rich, cultural jazz history. Jazz is the original American art form created by Black Americans.
Every year, we feature local, talented jazz musicians at "Cookies, Popcorn and Jazz"!