JPMP Inc. was conceived from the Jazz Passengers, a New York City downtown jazz band formed in 1987 by saxophonist Roy Nathanson and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes. The Jazz Passengers emerged onto the NYC avant-garde scene out of their Brooklyn roots from the Big Apple Circus band and John Lurie’s The Lounge Lizards. Their name, a take-off on Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, reveals the musicians’ wild ride along the eccentric currents in modern American music. The Jazz Passengers’ travels through punk music and poetry, gender bending mythical theatre, spoken word jazz, song cycles, radio plays, and film scores paved the legacy for JPMP Inc. to exist as a fiscal sponsor for the artistic, theatrical and educational projects that the Jazz Passengers and her members create.

Over the years the Jazz Passengers have explored music as an expression of social causes through theatrical performances and special projects, including The Rock Concert, Jazz Passengers in Egypt, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Trashed Out.  In 2007, band leader Roy Nathanson, with his ensemble Sotto Voce began exploring the Subway Moon project as an educational opportunity for his students at the New York City high school, the Institute for Collaborative Education.

In 2012, JPMP Inc. was formed in New Jersey with headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.  While Subway Moon is the primary project of JPMP Inc., the organization is primed to support new projects that enable social justice awareness through jazz performances and educational experiences.

Meet the Board

Roy Nathanson, President
Andrew Gurian, Treasurer
Dana Ware, Secretary and Executive Director

Zuri Gordon, member
Tim Kiah, member
Gabrielle Napolitano, member
Bill Ware, member


Josh Dorf, co-chair
Jonathan Nelson, co-chair
Deborah Harry, member
Peter Karp, member

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