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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


Teri Merrill-Aarons* 
David L. Abell* 
“Flip” Manne 
Lois Saffian
1st Vice President; Director of Development
Larry Hathaway 
2nd Vice President, Director of Bill Green Mentorship Program
Elaine Koonse
Rita Zwern
Treasurer, Director of Jazz in Schools


Barbara Abell
Alan & Marilyn Bergman
Kenny Burrell
Darlene Chan
John Clayton
Robin Gee
Terry Gibbs
Jeff Hamilton
Herbie Hancock
Quincy Jones
Johnny Mandel
Anastasia Mann
Peter J. Marx, esq
Ronald C. McCurdy, Ph. D
Linda Moody



Rose Mary Beane
Julie Berghofer
Yum Kane
Terry Lloyd
Mark Miller
Ira Nepus
Max Wrightson

Scherr Lillico, Brianne Dobkins
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