The Los Angeles Jazz Society was founded in 1985 by a group of musicians and jazz lovers committed to elevating the image of jazz and its artists in the community.
The mission of the Los Angeles Jazz Society is to excite, educate and engage public school students with the vibrant rhythms and sounds of the only indigenous American music – jazz. We present multi-cultural and interactive in-school and off-campus jazz education programs. We also promote and honor the legacy of jazz and ensure its future by identifying and 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, and under section 501C (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The primary focus of the organization is on jazz education for young people; to identify and nurture emerging jazz musicians and to help create future audiences by stimulating an appreciation for jazz through its education programs.
Board of TrusteesTeri Merrill-Aarons, Founder
IN MEMORIAM: David L. Abell, Chairman
"Flip" Manne; President
Lois Saffian; 1st Vice President; Director of Development
Larry Hathaway; 2nd Vice President, Director of Bill Green Mentorship Program
Nancie Gilbert; Secretary
Rita Zwern; Treasurer, Director of Jazz in Schools
Rose Mary Beane
Allen & Bobbi Goodman (Coachella Valley Chapter)
Scherr Lillico, Brianne Dobkins
The Proper Image, Organization Management