Board of Directors

Pictured left to right: Randall Kline, Peter Bell, Yvonne Ervin, Daniel Atkinson, Tom Guralnick, John Gilbreath, Tim Jackson. Not pictured: Eileen Wilson.

Western Jazz Presenters Network
Board of Directors

Daniel Atkinson, treasurer, is Jazz Program Coordinator of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, a 109 year-old arts library and cultural center in La Jolla/San Diego, California. He founded and directs the Athenaeum's jazz program, which celebrated its 20th anniversary season in summer 2008 and currently includes 17-20 jazz concerts annually. He is also Director of Arts, Humanities and Languages at University of California, San Diego Extension, where he directs the annual UCSD Jazz Camp. Atkinson has also been active as a producer of jazz CDs and was associate producer of Jazz Set West, a series of jazz concert programs broadcast nationally on PBS television.

Peter Bell is President of Dworbell, Inc., a Washington, DC-based advocacy, communications and organizational management company. Mr. Bell is also an active participant on several boards for nonprofit organizations engaged on issues in the housing field, aging services field and the music world including serving as President of the Telluride Society for Jazz, a nonprofit organization that sponsors and hosts a major national jazz festival in Telluride, Colorado each summer.

John Gilbreath*, vice-president, is the executive director of Earshot Jazz in Seattle. In addition to overseeing Earshot's publications and education programs, he has produced more than 1,500 concerts and special events over the last 17 years, including the Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle's major annual jazz event. He is a jazz host on KBCS and KEXP Radio and a staff writer for SOUND magazine. He also curates jazz festivals for the city of Anacortes and Seattle's Experience Music Project (EMP).

Tom Guralnick*, president, is the founder and director of The Outpost Performance Space, one of the Southwest's premier presenters of jazz and more and also co-director of the New Mexico Jazz Festival. Over the last twenty years, Outpost has presented more than 1500 events at "The Space" -- Albuquerque's 150 seat, community-based, non-profit performing arts center-- and beyond For many years he was also a touring and recording experimental saxophonist.

Tim Jackson* is the executive director of both the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He co-founded Kuumbwa in 1974 and took over the Festival when Jimmy Lyons retired in 1992. The Monterey festival is the longest-lived festival on the west coast, and one of the country's most prestigious. He is also a professional flute player.

Randall Kline* is the founder and executive director of SFJAZZ. Founded in 1983, SFJAZZ presents the prestigious and eclectic two-week long San Francisco Jazz Festival in the fall, a spring season, a free concert series in the summer, and other concerts and jazz education events throughout the year in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Eileen Wilson serves as Director of Development for Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. She works with local and national corporations, foundations, government entities and individuals to promote and secure support for the Center's diverse programming and nationally-recognized education programs. For more than two decades, jazz has been an important component of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' programming and Eileen is responsible for maintaining the Center's position as the premier presenter of jazz in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

*indicates founding memberr

Yvonne Ervin
Executive Director

As executive director of the Western Jazz Presenters Network, Yvonne Ervin brings experience as an arts administrator, marketer and consultant as well as skills as a jazz writer, musician and historian. Ervin was the Jazz Projects Coordinator for the Western States Arts Federation for three years. In that position, she facilitated the growth of the WJPN.

She was the executive director of the Tucson Jazz Society for ten years, building it from 500 members and a $50,000 budget to become the largest jazz society in the country with 2,100 members and a budget of $250,000. She volunteered for the TJS for nine years before becoming the organization's first paid employee and, during that time, organized "Primavera," the world's longest-running women's jazz festival. For five years, she was marketing director for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra following a year in the same position with the statewide Arizona Dance Theatre.

For four year, she was the Secretary of the Executive Board of the International Association of Jazz Educators, representing the jazz industry on the board. In her mid-20s, she was the Vice President of the American Federation of Jazz Societies.

Ervin has held seminars on fundraising, audience development and marketing for many statewide and national conventions and was a marketing and artist career development consultant for the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the National Jazz Service Organization. The Mid-Atlantic Arts Alliance, hired her to write the curriculum for jazz presenters for a National Endowment for the Arts-funded three-year program. Trained in group facilitation methods and skilled in organizational development and planning, she facilitated the meeting where the Arizona Presenters Alliance was formed.

She is a contributing writer to Hot House magazine and has been published in Downbeat, as well. She was the jazz columnist for the Tucson Weekly for several years and has written liner notes for RCA, Capri and Doubletime records. Ervin holds a degree in music and journalism and was a visiting lecturer in Jazz History at her alma matter, the University of Arizona. For 20 years, she hosted jazz radio programs, first at Illinois State University and then on KUAZ in Arizona. A former jazz saxophonist, she performed in and led groups in Tucson and in her native Illinois.

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