Co-Host Of Food Network's "Smollett Eats", Party Architect,
Writer/Producer, Lifestyle Blogger, Taste-maker
Jazz grew up in a family of eight in bustling New York City as a child model/actor until the family moved to Los Angeles where she would continue to work in television and independent films. She later returned to New York to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she transitioned behind the scenes. For the last decade, she has worked as a freelance writer/producer for unscripted television and is the founder and curator of a women’s film festival in Los Angeles where she helps to bring voice to independent filmmakers from around the world.
Growing up the second oldest of six, Jazz has always been a serious home cook and a leader in planning family and social gatherings. Her New Orleans roots, by way of her mom, encouraged her love for colorfully preparing gatherings and lavish celebrations. Her New York roots, by way of her dad, gave her the passion for exploring a variety of cultures through their food stories, art and customs. Her own travels, studies, and broad array of life adventures have given her an appreciation and affinity for tasting, touching and seeing her way through the world. She relishes in the soul-sharing and creative expression involved in preparing a meal and gathering family and friends for the purpose of honoring community and bringing people together.
After recently giving birth to her first child, water/moon baby Nylah, she has also become an avid and creative chef of toddler cuisine, a planner of baby book clubs, and a connoisseur of DIY teepees.
Food, art, entertaining and travel have always been an important part of her life but after becoming a mom she has realized it as her true passion. In 2016, Jazz is now the co-host and executive producer the Food Network's "Smollett Eats" a cooking/lifestyle show with her siblings where she mixes her love for food and culture with party planning.
According to Jazz, “Food is at its very least a creative expression. It is also an expression of love…a way to share and know one’s culture and passions. It is one of the many ways to bring world peace.”