Wendell Swain to serve as the James Hardy Patterson Foundation 2021 Vice President

Wendell Swain has been ardent supporter of different mediums of African American art. Wendell was born, raised, and educated in California where his parents and others fought to cultivate and instill a love and appreciation of his African American culture. 


After finishing college, Wendell took a position with Pacific Telephone Co. in 1971. In 1984 with the divestiture of the Bell System, Wendell was transitioned to AT&T where he worked at various positions in Marketing until he retired in 1998. 


Wendell was a founding member of San Jose Black Theater Workshop, and acted as their technical director for several years. During his tenure the workshop produced and performed many plays throughout the greater San Jose and Monterey areas. 


After his retirement he worked in sales support positions with Preferred Properties Group of Tracy, CA. 


In 2010 Wendell moved to Rockville, MD where his wife, Diane, accepted a promotion with Kaiser Permanente Mid Atlantic. While in Maryland, Wendell was introduced to The James Hardy Patterson Foundation, and their mission to preserve the historical knowledge and education of African American Classical Music (Jazz and Blues Music). 


In 2015 Wendell moved to Waipahu, HI where, Diane again accepted a promotion with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. He continues to support the foundation, and its vital mission. 


From 2016 until present Wendell has been a member of The James Hardy Patterson Foundation steering committee as well as being a member of the Executive Board of Directors.


CONGRESSMAN JOHN CONYERS, JR.  (May 16, 1929 – October 27, 2019)

Author H.R. 57: Making Afrikan Diaspora Classical Music [Jazz] A National Treasure;

H.R.2823: Preservation – Education – Promulgation (among many other bills);

Co-founder The Congressional Black Caucus.


Invitations requested & confirmed:  Dr. James H. Patterson - Panelist & Moderator, Annual Congressional Black Caucus Conventions, Washington, D.C. 


You love this music and this music loves you for your life support. You have transitioned into The Cosmic Orbit Solar Systems so you can see and guide  through those spiritual, earthly laws you left behind. I am gracefully proud that I engineered your honorary doctorate degree from Clark Atlanta University. We thank you for all your love, support, and powerful letter documenting your support for the James Hardy Patterson Foundation, Inc. May the Creator continue to fuel your spiritual wings as you fly with ‘Yardbird’ and ride on Coltrane’s Train, and, as Duke says, “We Love You Madly.” You meant so much for Afrikan Diaspora Music, arts and culture. “A Culture Is A Horrible Possession To Lose.”


JIMMY HEATH (October 25, 1926 – January 19, 2020)

Musician, Composer, Arranger and Saxophonist


My friend – Your Friend – Our Friend:  Flew with Yardbird and rode with Train and with many other giants. I remember Jimmy Heath…The Giant – The Cosmic Jimmy.  


“I miss Diz”…Jimmy Heath… “Me too”…James H. Patterson. Thanks for our performance together at C.A.U. “I Walked With Giants,” your Autobiography, the music you composed and arrangements “The Moody’s Groove” you sent me for James Moody’s transitional walk. Your Kennedy Center Award.  


Thanks for your walk with many Giants. I Miss You – We All Miss You. Thank you for your stay…your many contributions. Thank you for our many conversations. All the knowledge you shared. Finally, Thank you for your Honorable Membership on The Board of Preservationists of the James Hardy Patterson Foundation, Inc.


The Morris Brown College, Founded 1881, held Commencement Exercise May 19, 2018 at Big Bethel A.M.E. Church

Included was the recognition of honorary doctorate degree given to the legendary James H. Patterson, Composer, Conductor, Arranger, Performer, Author/Researcher within World Traveled Relations, graduate of Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) 1957; and University of Michigan Masters of Music 1965.


In June of each year, students come together for five days with Associate Professor of Music Clark Atlanta University, James H. Patterson, Founder and Director of the Summer Jazz Camp with professional/experienced musicians. We are teaching history about the celebrated achievements of African American Musicians, Composers, Lyricist, Dancers and instruments. Offering Elementary, Middle and High School students a variety of approaches to performingJazz and expressions of Call & Respond, Rhythm, Spirituals, Blues, Traditional Gospel, and Rag Time, etc. For registration information, Contact: 404-880-8208 or 770-744-6626.

Associate Professor Patterson with Jazz Camp Clinicians and a student.

Wayman A. Carver



The Wayman A. Carver Scholarship Fund is created in the honor of a great humanitarian, musician, composer, arranger, pioneer, and educator. The scholarship fund will support the Duke Pearson/James Hardy Patterson Foundation, Inc. Summer Jazz Camp. Wayman A. Carver was the First Band Director of Clark Atlanta University and Associate Professor James H. Patterson was his first assistant.


We offer a Scholarship Fund after you submit an Application that includes:


1) Your narrative about musical Instrument Experience;


2) Writing/Researching six (four sentences per paragraph) paragraphs of narrative about the life and history of The Great Musician and Educator of Wayman A. Carver.


Call for an application first week each May and must submit deadline by Third Thursday each May.

For More Information call 770-744-6626
For Inquiries Call 770-744-6626
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