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Board of Directors

JazzBoston’s leaders come from all over Greater Boston’s jazz community. We are musicians, educators, presenters, arts administrators, journalists, consultants, business executives and civic activists. We share a love for the creative, improvisational music called jazz and a belief in the power of jazz to be a force for good in our society.

Emmett G. Price III
Emmett G. Price IIIChief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Pianist/organist, composer/arranger, co-producer of Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, professor, pastor, WGBH radio/TV/online contributor.
Pauline Bilsky
Pauline BilskyPresident
Independent communications consultant. Former founding Executive Director of JazzBoston; Trustee, New York Foundation for the Arts; manager, AACM composer and multireedist Henry Threadgill; Manager of Communications, McKinsey & Company, Inc., international management consultants.
Harry King
Harry KingVice Chairman of the Board
Principal of strategic and risk-management communications firm since 2003. Former Pulitzer Prize-winning editor, The Boston Globe; newsroom leadership roles, The Monitor Channel, The Boston Herald American, The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.
Don Carlson
Don CarlsonChief Financial Officer
Project leader, NAACP Boston; Chair, Back Bay Public Safety Committee. Former Vice President and Partner, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, international management consultants.
Jason Palmer
Jason PalmerClerk
Bandleader, Wally’s Jazz Café; Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Brass, Berklee College of Music
Ken Field
Ken Field
Composer and musician; Leader of Revolutionary Snake Ensemble; Member of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic; Musical contributor to Sesame Street; Host of WMBR Radio’s “The New Edge”; Member of Board of Directors of Tutoring Plus of Cambridge; Former member & chair of Cambridge Bicycle Committee.
Mark Harvey
Mark Harvey
Trumpeter, composer, jazz community activist, minister, MIT jazz educator, founder/music director of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra
Brian Levy
Brian Levy
Musicologist and saxophonist; faculty member, departments of Jazz Studies and Music History/Musicology, New England Conservatory; leader, Brian Levy Quartet; member, Joe Hunt Group, Rick Hollander Quartet.
Lydia Liebman
Lydia Liebman
Founder, Creative Director, and Publicist, Lydia Liebman Promotions; Assistant Editor, Education Update; Guest Producer, The Checkout from WBGO. Formerly affiliated with Sirius XM Real Jazz; WERS and WECB, Emerson; Ted Kurland Associates.
José Massó
José Massó
Massachusetts Broadcaster Hall of Fame inductee; host/producer, “!Con Salsa!” (WBUR 90.9 FM), Educator, Community Activist, Award-Winning Journalist.
Thomas Novak
Thomas Novak
Interim President, New England Conservatory; Provost and Dean, New England Conservatory; Chamber Music Faculty, New England Conservatory; Chair, Board of Directors, A Far Cry.
Jennifer Roach
Jennifer Roach
Keyboardist/pianist/organist. Keyboardist for Dig (Boston-based jazz-funk quartet); Senior Associate at Yellow Wood Partners, a consumer-focused private equity firm; Big Sister, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston; live music lover and frequenter of Wally’s, Regattabar, and Berklee Performance Center.
Larry Simpson
Larry Simpson
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Berklee College of Music; Executive Producer, Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival; Chairman of the Board, New England Foundation for the Arts.
Fred Taylor
Fred Taylor
Entertainment Director, Scullers Jazz Club; President, HT Productions; sit-down comedian. Former owner of the iconic Boston jazz clubs, Paul’s Mall and the Jazz Workshop.
Jack Wright
Jack Wright
Director of Marketing and Communications, Celebrity Series of Boston; Boston Arts Marketing Alliance; WGBH Corporate Executive Council.

Staff and Counsel

Jon Taubman
Jon TaubmanOperations Director
Musician, music engraver, website manager, project manager, online marketer.
Grace-Mary Burega
Grace-Mary BuregaNewsletter editor
Woodwind multi-instrumentalist; creator of a jazz education website for teenagers, kindofpinkandpurple.com, and jazz poetry blog at withoutapoem.blogspot.com; student, Berklee College of Music.
Jason A. Mahler
Jason A. MahlerCounsel
Associate General Counsel, Boston University; guitarist, teacher and author. Former on-air jazz host, WAER–Syracuse.