Home > About Us

The Los Angeles Jazz Society was founded in 1983 by a group of musicians & jazz lovers committed to elevating the image of jazz & its artists in the community.

The mission of the Los Angeles Jazz Society is to excite, educate & engage public school students with the vibrant rhythms & sounds of the only indigenous American music – jazz.  We present multi-cultural & interactive in-school & off-campus jazz education programs.  We also promote & honor the legacy of jazz & ensure its future by identifying & nurturing the emerging jazz musicians of tomorrow.

The Los Angeles Jazz Society is a California nonprofit, educational corporation organized under the laws of the State of California, & under section 501C (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The primary focus of the organization is on jazz education for young people; to identify & nurture emerging jazz musicians & to help create future audiences by stimulating an appreciation for jazz through its education programs.

Board of Trustees


“Flip” Manne 
John Clayton 
Artistic Chair
Lois Saffian
President; Director of Development
Larry Hathaway 
Vice President, Director – Bill Green Mentorship Program
Rita Zwern
Treasurer, Director – Jazz In Schools
Elaine Koonse 
Teri Merrill-Aarons*
David L. Abell*


Barbara Abell
Howard Banchik
James Barrall
Alan and Mariyln Bergman
Barbara Catlin
Darlene Chan
John Clayton
Shari Hoffman
Stephanie Levine
Quincy Jones
Maribel Louie
Linda Moody
Peter J. Marx, esq
Alan Sieroty
Anthony White


Lauren Baba
Rose Mary Beane
Julie Berghofer
Sara Gazarek
Yum Kane
Terry Lloyd
Mark Miller
Ira Nepus
Max Wrightson

Scherr Lillico, Brianne Dobkins
The Proper ImageOrganization Management