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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.
Pauline Bilsky
Pauline BilskyPresident
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.
Jason Palmer
Jason PalmerVice President
Bandleader, Wally’s Jazz Café; Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Brass, Berklee College of Music.
Jennifer Roach
Jennifer RoachChief Financial Officer
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.
Jon Taubman
Jon TaubmanExecutive Director
Experienced operations director, website manager, project manager, online marketer, musician, teacher.
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.
Larry Cronin
Larry Cronin
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.
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.
Eric Jackson
Eric Jackson
Biographical information coming soon.
Harry King
Harry King
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.
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.
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.
Fred Taylor
Fred Taylor
President, HT Productions; sit-down comedian. Former owner of the iconic Boston jazz clubs Paul’s Mall and the Jazz Workshop; Entertainment Director at Scullers Jazz Club for nearly 30 years.
Larry Ward
Larry Ward
Co-founder and Executive Director of the Cambridge Jazz Festival, a 5-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to building and sustaining a jazz culture in the city and beyond; former Cambridge City Councilor; currently a Cambridge Election Commissioner; passionate about inspiring and educating young people.
Jack Wright
Jack Wright
Director of Marketing and Communications, Celebrity Series of Boston; Boston Arts Marketing Alliance; WGBH Corporate Executive Council.

Staff and Counsel

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