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The Jazz Society of Oregon ™ is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote jazz music in the Pacific Northwest. We seek to provide jazz education, build membership engagement through events and publications, provide scholarships to new and existing artists and programs that teach jazz music, and foster a greater appreciation of this indigenous art form.

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Many thanks to all of the members who have volunteered their time during the past 35+ years to keep this organization alive. New volunteers are always welcome. Just send mail to

Leadership Team

Arthur Marx President
Dan Presley Vice President
Rita Rega Director Artist Engagement
Robert Lubach Director/Secretary
Margaret Downen Director/Treasurer
Brian Kelly Director/Marketing Committee Chair
Yvonne Lerch Director/Sponsorship & Strategic Partnership Relations

Festival Committee

Yvonne Lerch, Festival Chair/Director
Rita Rega, Programming Director
Arthur Marx, Festival Operations
Carol Haywood, Vendor Coordinator
Margie Smith, Volunteer Coordinator
Patrick Lamb, Sound & Production Assistance
Christopher Brown, Community Outreach 
Dani Siver, Hospitality Coordinator
TBD, Beverage Sales/Coordinator

JazzScene™ Magazine

Christine Hochstatter Calendar Coordinator
TBD JazzScene Editor, Writer
Rita Rega Featured Musician Interviews
Tree Palmedo CD Reviews

Social Media Team

Liz Smith
Joelle Goodwin

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Do you have comments or questions on our organization? Would you like to become a member or volunteer for an upcoming event? Please get in touch! Just click any of these addresses to send us e-mail:
general questions, how to become a member, member benefits, membership issues
how to become a volunteer, inquire about volunteer positions and assignments
submit an event to the jazz calendar, questions about the calendar
questions, suggestions or problems related to JazzScene magazine
how to become a program or event sponsor
how to purchase advertising in JazzScene and on the JSO web site
billing questions, general financial and business issues
web site problems, login/password problems, website ideas and suggestions