About Jazz

Joseph “Jazz” Hayden was born and raised in Harlem. He has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY New Paltz, and Master’s Degree in Professional Studies from the New York Theological Seminary. Mr. Hayden is also an advocate for prisoner’s right to vote. He is considered to be, among prisoners and advocates, one of the leading experts on the issue in New York State. “Still Here” Harlem Productions Inc., a new media company, is the brainchild of Mr. Hayden. All of his previous experience leading coalitions of activist in New York State and nationally made him aware of the need for a voice for the voiceless. Mr. Hayden is presently working with the Riverside Church Prison Ministry to organize a national movement to end the New Jim Crow. His work has been greatly influenced by the work of the author, Michelle Alexander, and her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In the Age of Colorblindness.