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Our Mission

The annual Carmel Jazz Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization and our mission is to celebrate Indiana’s rich Jazz music history, highlight national and international Jazz, R&B and Blues musicians and spotlight and educate emerging, upcoming artists all to highlight the world class venues and greenspaces located in Carmel, Indiana in the hopes of energizing the community through the vibrant sounds of Jazz, Blues and R&B music.

Master Class with Preston Glass & Guests


Meet Preston Glass


Preston Glass is a songwriter and a producer. His success at creating hit song after hit song has set him at the top of the class in the music industry. Following are many of the top artists with whom Preston has written and/or produced music for:

Whitney Houston, Earth, Wind & Fire, Mase, Stanley Jordan, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Holiday, Johnny Mathis, Michael Bolton, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Kenny G, Johnny Gill, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Kathy Sledge, The Delfonics, The Temptations, Diana Ross, George Benson, Phyllis Hyman, SoulDecision, Deniece Williams, Starpoint, Jermaine Stewart, Philip Bailey, Anita Pointer, Valeria, Lenny Williams, Stacy Lattisaw, Angela Bofill, June Pointer, Larry Graham, Carl Car1ton, Margie Joseph, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Tag Team, Ronnie Spector, Narada Michael Walden, George Howard, Pieces of a Dream, The Stylistics, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Michelle Gayle, Ben E. King, Brian Culbertson, J. Friends, The Dells, Norman Connors, Jermaine Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Kirk Whalum, Jellybean Benitez, Brenda Holloway, Ali Woodson, Imagination, The Dramatics, Alfonzo Blackwell, Freda Payne, The Natural Four, Cindy Herron, Rebbie Jackson, Jaki Graham, Shades of Lace and others.

Preston Glass has enjoyed a terrific amount of success with the songs he's written and/or produced that have landed on top of the music charts. Here is a partial list of songs that charted.

Natalie Cole: Miss You Like Crazy
Aretha Franklin: Who's Zoomin' Who
Aretha Franklin: Jimmy Lee
Kenny G: Don't Make Me Wait For Love
Kenny G: Songbird
George Benson: Kisses In The Moonlight
Earth, Wind & Fire: System Of Survival
Jerrnaine Stewart: We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off
Stacy Lattisaw & Johnny Gill: Perfect Combination
Micllelle Gayle: Sweetness
Mase: Keep It On


  • Established producer working with artists such as Whitney Houston, Earth, Wind & Fire, George Benson, Lionel Richie, Aretha Franklin, and more.

  • Writer of 30 Top 10 R&B Hits.

  • Writer of 5 Top 10 Pop Hits.

  • 5 time BMI Award winner (3 songs millionaire awards).

  • Professor of music at UCLA (extension programs).

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