Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation
The Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation (JSJBF) is a non-profit 501.c.3 corporation whose mission is to Preserve, Promote, and Perpetuate Jazz and Blues in the northern New Jersey shore region through PERFORMANCE and EDUCATION.
MISSION: To preserve, promote, and perpetuate jazz, blues, and other indigenous music forms here in New Jersey.
JSJBF is managed by the Foundation Manager, who reports to the Board of Trustees. The organization has a rapidly growing membership base of over 300 members which includes PERFORMING members (the bands) and SUPPORTING members (individual and family members), and SPONSORS.
Performing Members are given opportunities to perform in JSJBF produced and managed events, as well opportunities that come to us through performance venues, producers and agents (the organization takes no additional fees for this support). Supporting Members receive JSJBF publications, discounts and may actively support the organization through membership in its Committees and through Volunteer service.
Our Organizational Programs include:
- FESTIVALS, FUNDRAISERS, and CONCERT SERIES, such as the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival, Harpin’ Help, and Reckless Steamy Nights.
- MUSICIAN SUPPORT Program for Performing members
- Annual college SCHOLARSHIP for aspiring music students
- Jazz’n’Blues IN THE SCHOOLS Educational Jazz and Blues program for K-12 students
JSJBF OFFICERS and STAFF
|EXECUTIVE BOARD OF TRUSTEES||BOARD OF TRUSTEES|
|President: Tom Baldino||Charlie Wuth|
|VP: Dennis Eschbach||Jim Murphy|
|Treasurer: Emil Kattermann||John Dammacco|
|Secretary: Chris Zemla||John Fernandez|
|Past President: Eddie Cooper||Joseph Vincent Riggio|
Doris Lazur, DC
Director of Communication
PO Box 8713 Red Bank, NJ 07701
Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival Committee
The Long Branch committee coordinates the Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival.
Dennis Eschbach, Chair
The Listening Committee meets regularly throughout the year to listen to incoming CDs and look through press kits. This committee chooses the performers for all major JSJBF events.
The Education Committee meets regularly throughout the year to implement new educational programs on jazz and blues throughout the community.
Chris Zemla, Chair
The Volunteer Committee meets regularly throughout the year to encourage the active participation of Volunteers in the Foundation’s events.
Tom Baldino, Chair
The IBC Committee conducts the JSJBF competition concerts for the band and the CD we send to represent us at the International Blues Competition.
Gene Iadanza, Chair
The scholarship committee aranges funding and selects the recipients of the JSJBF student scholarships.
Chris Zemla, Chair
Foundation Operations Committee
Dr. Doris Lazur
The role of the membership committee is to manage current members and to attract new members.
- Charles Wuth, Chair
- Gary Neuwirth
The technology team committee is responsible for supporting the website, social media, videos, email marketing, and other technologies used to help the foundation.
- John Fernandez, Chair
- Charles Wuth
- Kate Rafferty
Public Relations/Marketing Committee
The Public Relations/Marketing Committee’s function shall be to develop and execute promotional and marketing strategies to stimulate awareness and visibility of the organization.
Co-Chairs: Wayne Kessler, John Dammacco
Guidelines for Non-Board-Member Committee Chairs
Any member in good standing who wishes to chair a standing committee may do so by having a board member submit his or her name to the board.
The member may be asked to address the board to describe his or her qualifications for the position and plans concerning the committee.
A board member will continue to act as liaison between the committee and the Board of Directors. The committee chair will keep the liaison advised of all activities of the committee. Any decision concerning JSJBF policy will be submitted to the Executive Committee for review and approval. The committee chair will prepare a written report for the board liaison prior to each monthly meeting of the Board of Directors.
Contact us with any questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVERTISEMENTS and SPONSORSHIPS — Would like to ADVERTISE with JSJBF, get banner ads on our site and event programs? Or would you like to SPONSOR any of the many upcoming events? Please Contact US!
BANDS: Send all Press Kits, including CDs to the P.O. Box below for consideration in upcoming JSJBF events. Generally, only member bands are selected to play JSJBF events. More detail on JSJBF Band Membership is
US Mail: PO Box 8713, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701