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.
Ken Field
Ken FieldPresident
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”; President of Board of Directors of Tutoring Plus of Cambridge; Member of HONK! Festival Organizing Committee; Former member & chair of Cambridge Bicycle Committee.
Jason Palmer
Jason PalmerVice President & Clerk
Trumpeter/Composer/Educator Jason Palmer has performed with Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ravi Coltrane, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash, and others. Palmer has recorded 13 albums under his own name. He is Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Brass at Berklee College of Music, and has served on the faculties of Harvard University, New England Conservatory, and the New School of Jazz & Contemporary Music in New York City.
Larry Cronin
Larry CroninTreasurer
Co-Founder and COO of Boston Based Senior Care Organization, Long Term Student of Jazz and Rock History, as well as the Boston Music Scene, Long Term Advocate, Community Organizer, and Experienced Board Contributor.
Eric Jackson
Eric Jackson
Widely considered the “Dean of Boston Jazz Radio”, Eric Jackson is one of public broadcasting’s most popular on-air personalities. In 2006 he received the National Jazz Journalists Association’s Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Excellence in Jazz Broadcasting. He was awarded Jazzweek’s Major Market Programmer of the Year in 2008. JazzBoston honored Jackson by presenting him with the 2011 Roy Haynes Award for exceptional contributions to jazz and the local jazz community. In 2012, Jackson received the 2012 Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award. Currently a member of the Northeastern University faculty, he has been recognized by the Massachusetts College of Art as one of the “100 most culturally influential Bostonians of the 20th century”.
Lynn DuVal Luse
Lynn DuVal Luse
As the former Director of Marketing and Public Programming for the Museum of African American History, Lynn DuVal Luse oversaw media and community outreach, graphic design and branding, and program development, including diverse lectures and concerts. Luse was the founder of NIAmedia, a Boston-based firm known for building successful strategic marketing initiatives for socially- conscious companies and non-profit organizations. Prior to launching NIA, DuVal Luse worked for the WGBH Educational Foundation.
Paul Burega
Paul Burega
Customer Success professional with expertise in computer technology: networking; security; tech support; and cloud. Passionate volunteer in several arts organizations. Pro bono listener liaison and supporter for JazzBird global jazz radio app since 2015. Photographer, quilter, stamp collector & exhibitor, and live music enthusiast.

Founding Directors Emeriti

Pauline Bilsky
Pauline Bilsky
Independent communications consultant to top management of major for-profit and nonprofit corporations. Former Trustee, New York Foundation for the Arts; manager, Henry Threadgill, AACM composer and winner, 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Music; Manager of Communications, McKinsey & Company, Inc., international management consultants.
Don Carlson
Don Carlson
Project Leader, Economic Development, NAACP Boston; member, Steering Committee, Boston Jobs Coalition; member, Finance Committee, Roxbury Cultural District; former Vice President and Partner, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, international management consultants.
Mark Harvey
Mark Harvey
Trumpeter, composer, jazz community activist, minister, MIT jazz educator, founder/music director of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra.
José Massó
José Massó
Massachusetts Broadcaster Hall of Fame inductee; host/producer, “!Con Salsa!” (WBUR 90.9 FM), Educator, Community Activist, Award-Winning Journalist.
Emmett G. Price III
Emmett G. Price III
Pianist/organist, composer/arranger, co-producer of Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, professor, pastor, WGBH radio/TV/online contributor.
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.

Counsel

Jason A. Mahler
Jason A. Mahler
Associate General Counsel, Boston University; guitarist, teacher and author. Former on-air jazz host, WAER–Syracuse.