The "New Orleans Jazz Club of Southern California" became official in November 1968 when it filed for non-profit corporation status with the State of California. It had of course existed and thrived for many years before that and had recognized the importance of preserving the ‘Classic Jazz’ style of music.
Our mission statement from our filing documents stated:
Today, years later, we are continuing to run our club on these principles to keep ‘Classic Jazz’ alive and well.
"If we don’t, who will?" — John Hockins, NOJCSC
Listen to John Hockins’ interview on KKJZ 88.1: