For over fifteen years Jack Melvin, Jr. has been an integral part of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. As owner of Keyboard Connections, Jack is a dedicated educator, sharing his passion and love of music by teaching over 100 students a week. Jack’s support of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival began with the Great American Piano Competition, now known as the world renowned Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. He has also has had a large role in the Youth Jazz Competition, formerly known as the Generation Next Youth Talent Competition. Jack’s support of the event, dedication to the community, passion for Jazz and pianos have played a large role in making the event possible.