Jazz Arts Initiative (JAI) will host its inaugural Lush Life Gala on Saturday, May 20 at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. The evening includes a cocktail reception, three-course dinner, open wine bar, dancing to live music by the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Mandi Stapleton, and a champagne raffle of items donated by sponsor Windsor Jewelers. JAI will recognize two national honorees with the Nica’s Dream Achievement Award and Ellis Marsalis Excellence Award for their extraordinary contributions to Jazz music education. An outstanding Jazz Academy student alum will also be recognized with the Clyde Kerr Jr. Scholarship Award. Black tie preferred.