Support Live Local Music

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
Robert Lubach Vice President
Rita Rega Director Artist Engagement
Margaret Downen Director/Treasurer
Yvonne Lerch Director/Sponsorship & Strategic Partnership Relations
Robert Lubach Director/Secretary
Dave Johnson Director/Communications & Outreach

Festival Committee

Yvonne Lerch, Festival Chair/Director
Rita Rega, Programming Director
Arthur Marx, Festival Operations
Carol Haywood, VIP Hospitality
Margie Smith, Volunteer Coordinator
Portland Productions, Live Stream Production
Christopher Brown, Community Outreach 
Dani Siver, Social Media Coordinator
Shawn Kirkeby, Featured Musician Interviews
Stefan Lerch, Video Production Coordinator

JazzScene™ Blog

Stephen Blackman Calendar Coordinator
TBD JazzScene Editor, Writer
Tree Palmedo CD Reviews

Website Design/Production/Hosting

Ben Fajen, Webmaster and Festival Sponsor

Social Media

Dani Siver, Social Media Coordinator


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