Doors Open Jazz

Chattanooga Non Profit Music Education, empowering underserved children in Hamilton County.

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By donating to Doors Open Jazz you are supporting the musical education and development of Chattanooga kids by providing free musical lessons.  

Learn more about our instructors.  They are professional musicians that have loads of experience and a heart for helping kids learn to play jazz.

Convinced? Enroll in a class today by following this link and filling out our enrollment form. We have classes for a variety of instruments.

What our music students are saying...

Mr. Williamson established the bedrock for my understanding for jazz trumpet that I still carry with me to this day. He introduced me to the concepts of transcribing solos and practicing scales to be able to effectively improvise. Through his teachings and mentorship, I was able to make 4th chair trumpet in the top band at the Tennessee All East Jazz clinic my freshman year, and 1st chair in the top band my sophomore year. Furthermore, I was able to do well at summer jazz camps thanks to Mr. Williamson’s teachings. During my audition for a Florida State jazz camp, the trumpet professor complimented my playing saying I must’ve had a great teacher. I appreciate Mr. Williamson’s teaching as it put me in the position to study with more teachers and to be accepted into more opportunities as I moved through the rest of my high school and college career; these opportunities include making first chair trumpet Tennessee All State Jazz my senior year, getting accepted into the Oberlin Conservatory and Frost School of Music, and being able to play with Ron Carter and study under Don Sickler when I attended Columbia University in NYC. I will forever be grateful for having Mr. Williamson as a teacher, as it changed my life for the better.
Edward Ellis Jr.
Former Student of Executive Director Antoine Williamson
I'm excited every week to get prepared for Thursday. It's fun to practice and I'm amazed I can play now. I get so excited every Sunday, which is when I practice the most.
Doors Open Jazz non profit student
Student of DOJ
DOJ Student
A great program that provides things for kids to do. It's a great place to keep kids off the street and likewise encourage them. I encourage you to donate and help this non profit grow!
Mother of DOJ student
Tawanda S.
I can't think of a better use of my charitable giving than being involved with Doors Open Jazz. The arts, specifically music, are often unattainable for pockets of people in the Chattanooga area. This non profit fixes that need.
Jeff Green
Volunteer and Donor


June Update
7/9 2021 Summer Recital has been moved from Miller Park to Betheleham-Wiley Church (500 Lookout St, Chattanooga, TN 37403) due to rain.
-Doors Open Jazz is happy to partner with ROTO (Reach One Teach One) to provide 5 weeks of summer piano and trumpet classes in person starting from June 14th – July 19th from 1 – 3 pm. (These sessions are currently full.)
DOJ 5-week Jazz workshop class taught by Tim Ferguson, Antoine Williamson and special guest jazz masters, is starting up in late June from from 5 – 7 pm. (TBA in downtown Chattanooga)! Ages will be from 13 & up. Young players must be intermediate to advanced and be able to play scales. We currently have 20 students slots available. (We also have 3 adults slots open, to join in as well.) Open enrollment is now available to the public! Go to and hit the big green enroll to sign up while slots are still available. It only takes two minutes!! Hope to see you soon!f

Doors Open Jazz Holds its Spring Recital at Miller Park

Doors Open Jazz, a Chattanooga non-profit providing music instruction to local youth, will host its 2021 Outdoor Recital at Miller Park on July 9th at 5:00 PM. All children who have been hard at work through this quarantine season, will finally come together to perform pieces they have learned. In addition to solo performances by the students, there will also be an interactive performance at the end where the students will play the same bandstand as the professional musicians. There will be blues, funk, reggae, and fun times!

“I would like to say thank you to the community for their support through the roller coaster ride of 2020 and 2021,” states Antoine Williams, Doors Open Jazz Executive Director. “We are blessed to be able to continue our mission of providing music lessons to underserved youth in and around Chattanooga and are looking forward to hearing the kids in this spring recital.” Pizza, drinks and snacks will be available for families enjoying the recital.

For more information on Doors Open Jazz or to donate towards scholarships visit or call 423-208-1997.

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