who we are

EVOLUTION OF A DREAM

ABOUT US
The California Jazz Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to aid and assist California jazz musicians in crisis. We are committed to providing access to quality social and economic services for all eligible applicants. We do so through a team of caring, knowledgeable professionals in collaboration with community partners.

WHAT WE DO
Since its founding in 2006, CJF has touched the lives of hundreds of jazz musicians, providing rent and mortgage payments, housing relocation, arranging for medical and dental care, in-home nursing, discount prescriptions, and generally helping with emergencies as they arise.

We have established a growing network of medical professionals in most disciplines, ready to provide essential healthcare services to qualified recipients on a sliding-scale basis.

WHAT WE OFFER

  • Financial assistance (grants paid on behalf of applicants to third parties)
  • Referrals to regional service agencies
  • Access to additional resources
  • Other support services

The California Jazz Foundation is also committed to raising musicians’ awareness of the importance of prevention and early treatment of disease through free public education and community outreach programs.

JOIN NOW
As a charitable nonprofit organization, the California Jazz Foundation relies on membership dues, donations and support not only from jazz lovers but all those who value the arts! Your annual membership dues and donations allow us to continue helping California’s jazz musicians in time of need.

Click here for more information on tax-deductible memberships in and donations to the California Jazz Foundation.

CONFIDENTIALITY
The California Jazz Foundation respects the privacy and dignity of the individual. Applicants’ and Grantees’ names are used only with permission.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
The California Jazz Foundation welcomes volunteer efforts to assist with fundraising, as well as contributions of time and/or resources to our local jazz benefit events.

We also encourage contributions and sponsorships to CJF from the business community. For more information call (818) 261-0057.

OFFICERS

  • Edythe L. Bronston, President
  • Dominic LoBuglio, Chief Financial Officer
  • Jeffrey A. Winston, Secretary

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Peggy Barber is a public policy consultant in education legislation with a particular interest in social justice. Her professional career began as an engineer at Rocketdyne, where she designed rocket engine components and pioneered the use of computers in design. She was president of 31st District PTA (Los Angeles) where she was instrumental in establishing school-based health clinics and child care programs. She served on the boards of the California PTA, Los Angeles County United Way, and the L.A. Educational Partnership. More recently she represented the Los Angeles Unified School District as a legislative advocate in Washington, D.C. and at the CA State Board of Education. During her youth Ms. Barber taught piano, was a church organist, played piano in a Dixieland jazz band, and was oboist with the San Fernando Valley Symphony.


Bob Barry is a Jazz and Art Photographer who for the last 20 years concentrated his attention on the world of music. Bob began his careers in the arts as a stage actor in NYC in Musical Comedy from Off-Off Broadway all the way to his Broadway debut in 1976. He worked in stock, star package and touring productions for over 20 years. Simultaneously (between shows) Bob had an alternative career as a singer-guitarist. Shortly after moving to LA in the 80’s, Bob concentrated on his photography, documenting concerts, club performances and festivals, and to date has done covers or contributed photo art for 76 CD’s and DVD’s. Bob has a permanent collection at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City where he also serves as director of photography for special events and Jazz Festivals. He also has a permanent collection at NBC Universal Studios in the Henry Mancini Bldg. He is the Photo Archivist for Ruth Price and the Jazz Bakery. Bob is on the Milt Hinton Award committee for excellence in Jazz Photography. In 2012 documentary film maker Dailey Pike did a “Jazzumentary” of Bob’s life and work called, “Bob Barry – Jazzography in Black & White.”


Edythe L. Bronston, the Foundation’s President and Founder, is an attorney, a court-appointed fiduciary, and co-founder and board member of the following non-profit organizations: California Bankruptcy Forum; Los Angeles/Orange County Bankruptcy Forum; California Receivers Forum; Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of California Receivers Forum. She has served on many executive committees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the California Bar Association. As a Provisional Director, she has and continues to serve on boards of directors of widely varied companies. As a court-appointed Receiver, she has run manufacturing, retail, and service companies, as well as sold a variety of personal property and real estate assets. She is a lifelong jazz fan and the Foundation is the product of her vision.


According to Clayton Cameron’s colleagues at UCLA, where he has taught for 14 years, “His integrity and professionalism are beyond reproach.” With a career spanning almost five decades, Clayton has played drums in many bands as a sideman for legendary artists like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Joe Williams and many others. His brush technique is known worldwide and is used by professional jazz drummers, educators, and students all over the world. Creative projects under his leadership include instructional DVDs, two TED Talks, including “The History of Drumming in America,” and “A-rhythm-etic, Math and Music.” He has written a play with music called “Traps and Taps.” Clayton has toured with and/or played on numerous recordings with a variety of highly notable jazz and non-jazz artists, including Kenny Burrell, Mariah Carey, Billy Childs, The Count Basie Orchestra, Ray Charles, Benny Green, Billy Joel, Diana Krall, BB King, K.D. Lang, Hubert Laws, John Mayer, Joe Pass, Bonnie Raitt, George Shearing, Gerald Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Trisha Yearwood, and Neil Young, to name a few. He has also written for and produced his own group called the Jazz EXplosion, and released a highly acclaimed recording project called “Here’s to the Messengers, a Tribute to Art Blakey.”


Donald H. Camph came to his love of jazz in the fall of 1960. The newly-turned 13-year-old was enrolling as a freshman at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School as the “Motown sound” was sweeping Detroit. Barry Gordy and his amazing stable of soul and R&B artists were turning out a seemingly endless stream of hits. What Don didn’t know at the time was that the “Sound of Young America” was being cranked out by arguably the greatest studio band in history, the now legendary Funk Bothers, many of whom started off as jazzmen. Sitting in the upper balcony at the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit, Don and his pals were immersed in an amazing amalgam of jazz and soul that resonates in his heart to this day.

Fast forward to autumn 1965. Don was working toward his degree in Electrical Engineering at M.I.T. when he and some of his colleagues decided to check out a little jazz club in Revere Beach, a few miles north of Boston. Who should be playing there but the Miles Davis Quintet, featuring Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and George Coleman! That sealed the deal, and Don has been a jazz enthusiast ever since.

In his real life, after M.I.T., Don received his Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, then went on to a 40-year career in the transportation field, with stints at BART in San Francisco and later the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission.

From 1982 until his retirement in 2015, Don was a consultant providing political, policy, financing, and strategy advice on transportation-related issues to a variety of private and public sector clients. Projects for which he developed funding strategies totaled over $5.0 billion.

In August 1992, Donald was appointed by then Congressman and later USDOT Secretary Norm Mineta to the Board of Trustees of the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University, on which he served for 22 years.

In 1985, Don co-founded the California Institute for Technology Exchange (CITÉ) and served on its Board of Directors. CITÉ was a non-profit organization created to facilitate the sharing of innovative approaches, especially in the transport sector, between public and private sectors in the United States and their counterparts in foreign countries.

Married, with interests in jazz, the French language, baseball, international politics, and bicycling, Don sees his involvement on the California Jazz Foundation Board of Directors as a unique opportunity to give back to jazz musicians who have brought so much pleasure and joy to him in the 60 years since those days at the Fox Theater in Detroit.


Paul F.Cohen is a litigator and trial lawyer in solo practice. He graduated cum laude in 1959 from the University of Pennsylvania, worked in New York for a year as a professional jazz musician, and in 1963 graduated from New York University School of Law. He was admitted to Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Bars in 1964 and practiced in the District of Columbia from 1964-1969. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1970 and concentrates his practice in the areas of conservatorships, probate-related litigation, and complex business litigation. Mr. Cohen is still a part-time professional jazz musician and vocalist. He recently lectured at the Pepperdine Law School’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution class on Improvisational Mediation, using a live jazz trio as a metaphor for creative mediation.

Peggy Barber is a public policy consultant in education legislation with a particular interest in social justice. Her professional career began as an engineer at Rocketdyne, where she designed rocket engine components and pioneered the use of computers in design. She was president of 31st District PTA (Los Angeles) where she was instrumental in establishing school-based health clinics and child care programs. She served on the boards of the California PTA, Los Angeles County United Way, and the L.A. Educational Partnership. More recently she represented the Los Angeles Unified School District as a legislative advocate in Washington, D.C. and at the CA State Board of Education. During her youth Ms. Barber taught piano, was a church organist, played piano in a Dixieland jazz band, and was oboist with the San Fernando Valley Symphony.

Bob Barry is a Jazz and Art Photographer who for the last 20 years concentrated his attention on the world of music. Bob began his careers in the arts as a stage actor in NYC in Musical Comedy from Off-Off Broadway all the way to his Broadway debut in 1976. He worked in stock, star package and touring productions for over 20 years. Simultaneously (between shows) Bob had an alternative career as a singer-guitarist. Shortly after moving to LA in the 80’s, Bob concentrated on his photography, documenting concerts, club performances and festivals, and to date has done covers or contributed photo art for 76 CD’s and DVD’s. Bob has a permanent collection at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City where he also serves as director of photography for special events and Jazz Festivals. He also has a permanent collection at NBC Universal Studios in the Henry Mancini Bldg. He is the Photo Archivist for Ruth Price and the Jazz Bakery. Bob is on the Milt Hinton Award committee for excellence in Jazz Photography. In 2012 documentary film maker Dailey Pike did a “Jazzumentary” of Bob’s life and work called, “Bob Barry – Jazzography in Black & White.”

Edythe L. Bronston, the Foundation’s President and Founder, is an attorney, a court-appointed fiduciary, and co-founder and board member of the following non-profit organizations: California Bankruptcy Forum; Los Angeles/Orange County Bankruptcy Forum; California Receivers Forum; Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of California Receivers Forum. She has served on many executive committees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the California Bar Association. As a Provisional Director, she has and continues to serve on boards of directors of widely varied companies. As a court-appointed Receiver, she has run manufacturing, retail, and service companies, as well as sold a variety of personal property and real estate assets. She is a lifelong jazz fan and the Foundation is the product of her vision.

According to Clayton Cameron’s colleagues at UCLA, where he has taught for 14 years, “His integrity and professionalism are beyond reproach.” With a career spanning almost five decades, Clayton has played drums in many bands as a sideman for legendary artists like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Joe Williams and many others. His brush technique is known worldwide and is used by professional jazz drummers, educators, and students all over the world. Creative projects under his leadership include instructional DVDs, two TED Talks, including “The History of Drumming in America,” and “A-rhythm-etic, Math and Music.” He has written a play with music called “Traps and Taps.” Clayton has toured with and/or played on numerous recordings with a variety of highly notable jazz and non-jazz artists, including Kenny Burrell, Mariah Carey, Billy Childs, The Count Basie Orchestra, Ray Charles, Benny Green, Billy Joel, Diana Krall, BB King, K.D. Lang, Hubert Laws, John Mayer, Joe Pass, Bonnie Raitt, George Shearing, Gerald Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Trisha Yearwood, and Neil Young, to name a few. He has also written for and produced his own group called the Jazz EXplosion, and released a highly acclaimed recording project called “Here’s to the Messengers, a Tribute to Art Blakey.”

Donald H. Camph came to his love of jazz in the fall of 1960. The newly-turned 13-year-old was enrolling as a freshman at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School as the “Motown sound” was sweeping Detroit. Barry Gordy and his amazing stable of soul and R&B artists were turning out a seemingly endless stream of hits. What Don didn’t know at the time was that the “Sound of Young America” was being cranked out by arguably the greatest studio band in history, the now legendary Funk Bothers, many of whom started off as jazzmen. Sitting in the upper balcony at the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit, Don and his pals were immersed in an amazing amalgam of jazz and soul that resonates in his heart to this day.

Fast forward to autumn 1965. Don was working toward his degree in Electrical Engineering at M.I.T. when he and some of his colleagues decided to check out a little jazz club in Revere Beach, a few miles north of Boston. Who should be playing there but the Miles Davis Quintet, featuring Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and George Coleman! That sealed the deal, and Don has been a jazz enthusiast ever since.

In his real life, after M.I.T., Don received his Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, then went on to a 40-year career in the transportation field, with stints at BART in San Francisco and later the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission.

From 1982 until his retirement in 2015, Don was a consultant providing political, policy, financing, and strategy advice on transportation-related issues to a variety of private and public sector clients. Projects for which he developed funding strategies totaled over $5.0 billion.

In August 1992, Donald was appointed by then Congressman and later USDOT Secretary Norm Mineta to the Board of Trustees of the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University, on which he served for 22 years.

In 1985, Don co-founded the California Institute for Technology Exchange (CITÉ) and served on its Board of Directors. CITÉ was a non-profit organization created to facilitate the sharing of innovative approaches, especially in the transport sector, between public and private sectors in the United States and their counterparts in foreign countries.

Married, with interests in jazz, the French language, baseball, international politics, and bicycling, Don sees his involvement on the California Jazz Foundation Board of Directors as a unique opportunity to give back to jazz musicians who have brought so much pleasure and joy to him in the 60 years since those days at the Fox Theater in Detroit.

Paul F.Cohen is a litigator and trial lawyer in solo practice. He graduated cum laude in 1959 from the University of Pennsylvania, worked in New York for a year as a professional jazz musician, and in 1963 graduated from New York University School of Law. He was admitted to Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Bars in 1964 and practiced in the District of Columbia from 1964-1969. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1970 and concentrates his practice in the areas of conservatorships, probate-related litigation, and complex business litigation. Mr. Cohen is still a part-time professional jazz musician and vocalist. He recently lectured at the Pepperdine Law School’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution class on Improvisational Mediation, using a live jazz trio as a metaphor for creative mediation.

 

Chris Dobbs is a veteran in the entertainment industry since the mid 1980’s, when he began his Post Production work at Cannon Films, supervising all Television Spot Post for their busiest years. He went on to supervise post production for Orion Television’s MOW and episodic Slate. Upon leaving Orion, Chris landed at the theatrical agency Cimarron Bacon O’Brien where he supervised all their film projects for a five-year run. At CBO, Chris worked on some of the biggest theatrical campaigns of the early 1990’s. Chris later became Vice President Post Production at Craig Murray Productions and built their in-house Post Production Department. Chris left CMP and became Head of Production at Polestar Entertainment Group to produce feature and television content. After a three-year production stint, Chris moved on to help launch and build the highly successful marketing post company, Picture Head, as Executive Vice President. Chris is now Executive Vice President at Stampede Studios, overseeing studio theatrical and streaming marketing post accounts while developing Stampede’s workflows. Chris joined the California Jazz Foundation Board of Directors in 2019.


Michael Dolphin - Over the last 24 years, Michael Dolphin has been co-producer and host of the Central Avenue Jazz Festival and the founding principal/producer of the Legends of Los Angeles Awards, celebrating the rich history and accomplishments of music in early Los Angeles. He is passionately dedicated to the recognition of Central Avenue as a significant era and contributor to the fabric of this city’s history. He is the oldest child of John Dolphin, the legendary music entrepreneur who founded Dolphin’s of Hollywood Record Store and the Cash, Money and Hollywood record labels.

Michael is fortunate to have been a “nephew” and a listening ear of Buddy Collette, Gerald Wilson, Ernie Andrews, Clora Bryant, Jackie Kelso, Teddy Edwards and many, many others who represent the rich heritage of the music legends in Los Angeles.

In his earlier years, until the mid-80’s of disco, he was a successful bandmate, leader and drummer in bands of their own renown in the Los Angeles area. After that time, he began a new career in public service.

In the performing arts arena, he is currently a partner in the Central Avenue Jazz Festival. He has also been a board member of Grand Performances-Los Angeles.

Recently retired, Michael was the Southern California Division chief of the State of California’s Employment Development Department. He has over 40 years of experience in workforce and economic development and vocational training policy. He has served (and continues to serve) on a number of public policy boards in those areas. Today, he continues to serve on the boards of Boys Republic – Chino Hills, the Los Angeles Chamber - UNITE-LA/L.A Youth at Work, and AARP-California.


Roni L. Fischer is a financial consultant to businesses in transition, from turning around companies in financial distress to guiding the launch of new ventures. In addition to advising boards of directors in multiple industries, she co-founded and served as CFO for a multi-faceted internet company in the early days of e-commerce. Subsequent to earning a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics and an MBA in Finance, both from UCLA, she spent 10 years in corporate executive positions with Hughes Aircraft Company, MCO Holdings, Inc. and First Interstate Bank before launching her consulting practice in 1986. Over the years she has held leadership roles in numerous business and philanthropic organizations including chairing the Consultants Roundtable of Southern California and the board of directors of the Westside Jewish Community Center. A lifetime lover of music, taking piano lessons from age 8, her noted performance piece was “Bumble Boogie.” She also played the bass for graduation ceremonies at her junior high school.


Dominic LoBuglio, Chief Financial Officer, is a Certified Public Accountant and board member of the non-profit Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of California Receivers Forum. He has been a C.P.A. in Los Angeles since 1977 after obtaining his M.B.A. degree from the University of Southern California. He oversees all the financial and taxation issues of the Foundation and is a co-Founder of the organization.


Vicki Pedrini - A third generation Angelino who's Grandfather founded Pedrini Music in Alhambra in 1938. Vicki was raised by two musician parents; she couldn't help but get music in her blood. She produced a "Live Jazz Series" at Pedrini Music for seven years, featuring musicians such as John Clayton, Alan Broadbent, Gary Foster, Gerry Wiggins, and Buddy Collette, among others. She decided there were so many living composers who had arranged for many musicians living in the Los Angeles area that she started a "Meet the Composer" venue. With joy, she was able to get Johnny Mandel, David Raksin, Neil Hefti, Steve Allen, Michael Feinstein (who supported so many composers) to the store and introduced them to "everyday people.” Vicki was the first recipient to receive the Teri Merrill award from the Los Angeles Jazz Society. The Pedrini Family received the award again in 2001. LagunaBeachLive.Org is her Orange County contact for Jazz now. A summer & winter season is produced by Cindy Prewitt and Bijon Watson and the venues are the best: Summer at "The Ranch" and Winter at "7 Degrees".


Greg Porée is an accomplished composer-arranger-producer-guitarist. He has been fortunate to build his career in Los Angeles around music. He was the lead guitarist on the BBC hit show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ from 2005 through 2013. Having grown up in a multi-cultural environment, Greg Porée was deeply influenced by the exposure to diverse styles of music, ranging from Bach to Beatles, and from Villa-Lobos to Motown. Greg has worked with a diverse group of musicians from Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock to Diana Ross, Sting and Phoebe Snow. He can be heard on landmark albums from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Stanley Turrentine, Randy Crawford, Albert King, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Donald Byrd and and James Blunt. As a musical director his credits include Sonny and Cher, The Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Joan Baez. Greg produced groundbreaking solo albums in association with Sting for world music master Vinx. Greg is music director of CJF.

Chris Dobbs is a veteran in the entertainment industry since the mid 1980’s, when he began his Post Production work at Cannon Films, supervising all Television Spot Post for their busiest years. He went on to supervise post production for Orion Television’s MOW and episodic Slate. Upon leaving Orion, Chris landed at the theatrical agency Cimarron Bacon O’Brien where he supervised all their film projects for a five-year run. At CBO, Chris worked on some of the biggest theatrical campaigns of the early 1990’s. Chris later became Vice President Post Production at Craig Murray Productions and built their in-house Post Production Department. Chris left CMP and became Head of Production at Polestar Entertainment Group to produce feature and television content. After a three-year production stint, Chris moved on to help launch and build the highly successful marketing post company, Picture Head, as Executive Vice President. Chris is now Executive Vice President at Stampede Studios, overseeing studio theatrical and streaming marketing post accounts while developing Stampede’s workflows. Chris joined the California Jazz Foundation Board of Directors in 2019.

Michael Dolphin - Over the last 24 years, Michael Dolphin has been co-producer and host of the Central Avenue Jazz Festival and the founding principal/producer of the Legends of Los Angeles Awards, celebrating the rich history and accomplishments of music in early Los Angeles. He is passionately dedicated to the recognition of Central Avenue as a significant era and contributor to the fabric of this city’s history. He is the oldest child of John Dolphin, the legendary music entrepreneur who founded Dolphin’s of Hollywood Record Store and the Cash, Money and Hollywood record labels.

Michael is fortunate to have been a “nephew” and a listening ear of Buddy Collette, Gerald Wilson, Ernie Andrews, Clora Bryant, Jackie Kelso, Teddy Edwards and many, many others who represent the rich heritage of the music legends in Los Angeles.

In his earlier years, until the mid-80’s of disco, he was a successful bandmate, leader and drummer in bands of their own renown in the Los Angeles area. After that time, he began a new career in public service.

In the performing arts arena, he is currently a partner in the Central Avenue Jazz Festival. He has also been a board member of Grand Performances-Los Angeles.

Recently retired, Michael was the Southern California Division chief of the State of California’s Employment Development Department. He has over 40 years of experience in workforce and economic development and vocational training policy. He has served (and continues to serve) on a number of public policy boards in those areas. Today, he continues to serve on the boards of Boys Republic – Chino Hills, the Los Angeles Chamber - UNITE-LA/L.A Youth at Work, and AARP-California.

Roni L. Fischer is a financial consultant to businesses in transition, from turning around companies in financial distress to guiding the launch of new ventures. In addition to advising boards of directors in multiple industries, she co-founded and served as CFO for a multi-faceted internet company in the early days of e-commerce. Subsequent to earning a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics and an MBA in Finance, both from UCLA, she spent 10 years in corporate executive positions with Hughes Aircraft Company, MCO Holdings, Inc. and First Interstate Bank before launching her consulting practice in 1986. Over the years she has held leadership roles in numerous business and philanthropic organizations including chairing the Consultants Roundtable of Southern California and the board of directors of the Westside Jewish Community Center. A lifetime lover of music, taking piano lessons from age 8, her noted performance piece was “Bumble Boogie.” She also played the bass for graduation ceremonies at her junior high school.

Dominic LoBuglio, Chief Financial Officer, is a Certified Public Accountant and board member of the non-profit Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of California Receivers Forum. He has been a C.P.A. in Los Angeles since 1977 after obtaining his M.B.A. degree from the University of Southern California. He oversees all the financial and taxation issues of the Foundation and is a co-Founder of the organization.

Vicki Pedrini - A third generation Angelino who's Grandfather founded Pedrini Music in Alhambra in 1938. Vicki was raised by two musician parents; she couldn't help but get music in her blood. She produced a "Live Jazz Series" at Pedrini Music for seven years, featuring musicians such as John Clayton, Alan Broadbent, Gary Foster, Gerry Wiggins, and Buddy Collette, among others. She decided there were so many living composers who had arranged for many musicians living in the Los Angeles area that she started a "Meet the Composer" venue. With joy, she was able to get Johnny Mandel, David Raksin, Neil Hefti, Steve Allen, Michael Feinstein (who supported so many composers) to the store and introduced them to "everyday people.” Vicki was the first recipient to receive the Teri Merrill award from the Los Angeles Jazz Society. The Pedrini Family received the award again in 2001. LagunaBeachLive.Org is her Orange County contact for Jazz now. A summer & winter season is produced by Cindy Prewitt and Bijon Watson and the venues are the best: Summer at "The Ranch" and Winter at "7 Degrees".

Greg Porée is an accomplished composer-arranger-producer-guitarist. He has been fortunate to build his career in Los Angeles around music. He was the lead guitarist on the BBC hit show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ from 2005 through 2013. Having grown up in a multi-cultural environment, Greg Porée was deeply influenced by the exposure to diverse styles of music, ranging from Bach to Beatles, and from Villa-Lobos to Motown. Greg has worked with a diverse group of musicians from Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock to Diana Ross, Sting and Phoebe Snow. He can be heard on landmark albums from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Stanley Turrentine, Randy Crawford, Albert King, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Donald Byrd and and James Blunt. As a musical director his credits include Sonny and Cher, The Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Joan Baez. Greg produced groundbreaking solo albums in association with Sting for world music master Vinx. Greg is music director of CJF.

 

Richard Ritz is President of Ritz Properties, Inc., a boutique real estate company which focuses on the management, leasing and brokerage of investment properties in the Greater Los Angeles area. The company was established in 1974 to provide investors with a “one-stop shop” property organization. Prior to entering the real estate industry, Richard worked in the music business playing drums in his hometown of New York City and subsequently in Los Angeles. With his wife Iris he volunteered for the City of Hope Medical Center and chaired the Business management Committee which attracted young professionals to celebrity seminars and the Hospital fundraising program. In 2011 Richard participated in the Afro/Cuban drumming classes sponsored by the Los Angeles Music Center. The Ritz's have attended every Monterey Jazz Festival since 1978.



Phil Seymour's first love was jazz. He grew up in Wichita, Kansas and developed a love for music when he received his first snare drum when he was 8 years old. His parents supported his studies and at the age of 16 was playing in the University of Wichita Jazz Band. Years after graduating high school he went to Los Angeles to attend the Westlake School of Music. After graduating he became a successful working drummer playing various styles of music including playing jazz gigs with the likes of Red Mitchell, Art Pepper and Pete Christlieb among others. He later toured with Mitzi Gaynor and Ann-Margret, which culminated in performing in the East Room of the White House with one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Sammy Davis, Jr.

After achieving his goals in music, he chose a career in Real Estate which offered him an equally challenging opportunity. Phil started in residential real estate at Caldwell-Banker from 1977-1982, quickly distinguishing himself. From 1980-1982 Phil was chosen to be the manager of the Merrill-Lynch Realty Woodland Hills office. With almost 100 agents, he increased sales and perpetuated the success of that office. Phil then became Executive Vice-president of DMG/Financial Properties where he developed their residential and investment division, after which he joined Prudential California Realty in their Beverly Hills office. In 1993 Phil joined Elite Properties Realty where he is Executive Vice-President and heads up The Seymour Group that specializes in representing Receivers, Partition-Referees, Bankruptcy Trustees and Institutional Trust.

Outside of real estate, his interests are of course, music. He has been on the California Jazz Foundation Board of Directors since 2013 and is also a supporter of Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) that offers after school programs for the underserved youth in the Rampart area of Los Angeles.

At the end of the day, Phil goes home to his drum set where he can drum away staying in touch with the music he will always love, “JAZZ.”


Jeffrey A. Winston, Secretary, is a jazz producer, historian, journalist, poet and archivist. His jazz career started at the University of Washington, where he served as a Teaching Assistant for a popular jazz history course and helped procure a $100,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to establish a jazz institute on campus; he then went on to emcee concerts featuring a multitude of jazz luminaries and frequently does guest stints on Chet Hanley’s “Jazz in the Modern Era,” airing weekly on Channel 36. Mr. Winston co-produces The World Stage Jazz Festival and World Stage Stories, an archival project featuring important jazz figures. His professional career has focused on community outreach and funding on behalf of the disabled and the elderly.


 

Richard Ritz is President of Ritz Properties, Inc., a boutique real estate company which focuses on the management, leasing and brokerage of investment properties in the Greater Los Angeles area. The company was established in 1974 to provide investors with a “one-stop shop” property organization. Prior to entering the real estate industry, Richard worked in the music business playing drums in his hometown of New York City and subsequently in Los Angeles. With his wife Iris he volunteered for the City of Hope Medical Center and chaired the Business management Committee which attracted young professionals to celebrity seminars and the Hospital fundraising program. In 2011 Richard participated in the Afro/Cuban drumming classes sponsored by the Los Angeles Music Center. The Ritz's have attended every Monterey Jazz Festival since 1978.


Phil Seymour's first love was jazz. He grew up in Wichita, Kansas and developed a love for music when he received his first snare drum when he was 8 years old. His parents supported his studies and at the age of 16 was playing in the University of Wichita Jazz Band. Years after graduating high school he went to Los Angeles to attend the Westlake School of Music. After graduating he became a successful working drummer playing various styles of music including playing jazz gigs with the likes of Red Mitchell, Art Pepper and Pete Christlieb among others. He later toured with Mitzi Gaynor and Ann-Margret, which culminated in performing in the East Room of the White House with one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Sammy Davis, Jr.

After achieving his goals in music, he chose a career in Real Estate which offered him an equally challenging opportunity. Phil started in residential real estate at Caldwell-Banker from 1977-1982, quickly distinguishing himself. From 1980-1982 Phil was chosen to be the manager of the Merrill-Lynch Realty Woodland Hills office. With almost 100 agents, he increased sales and perpetuated the success of that office. Phil then became Executive Vice-president of DMG/Financial Properties where he developed their residential and investment division, after which he joined Prudential California Realty in their Beverly Hills office. In 1993 Phil joined Elite Properties Realty where he is Executive Vice-President and heads up The Seymour Group that specializes in representing Receivers, Partition-Referees, Bankruptcy Trustees and Institutional Trust.

Outside of real estate, his interests are of course, music. He has been on the California Jazz Foundation Board of Directors since 2013 and is also a supporter of Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) that offers after school programs for the underserved youth in the Rampart area of Los Angeles.

At the end of the day, Phil goes home to his drum set where he can drum away staying in touch with the music he will always love, “JAZZ.”


Jeffrey A. Winston, Secretary, is a jazz producer, historian, journalist, poet and archivist. His jazz career started at the University of Washington, where he served as a Teaching Assistant for a popular jazz history course and helped procure a $100,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to establish a jazz institute on campus; he then went on to emcee concerts featuring a multitude of jazz luminaries and frequently does guest stints on Chet Hanley’s “Jazz in the Modern Era,” airing weekly on Channel 36. Mr. Winston co-produces The World Stage Jazz Festival and World Stage Stories, an archival project featuring important jazz figures. His professional career has focused on community outreach and funding on behalf of the disabled and the elderly.

STEERING COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Coachella Valley

Sue Townsley worked at UCLA for 30 years, during which time she co-founded the Friends of Jazz at UCLA. Upon retiring, the California Jazz Foundation (CJF) offered her a part-time job as its Executive Director. When she moved to the Palm Springs area, Sue created the Coachella Valley Steering Committee for CJF. Sue also informally works with the American Jazz Institute, based in Palm Desert, with a 24/7 straight ahead jazz internet radio station (KAJI). Additionally, she volunteers for several non-profits in the Valley and has received two separate Volunteer of the Year awards.

Orange County

Vicki Pedrini - A third generation Angelino who's Grandfather founded Pedrini Music in Alhambra in 1938. Vicki was raised by two musician parents; she couldn't help but get music in her blood. She produced a "Live Jazz Series" at Pedrini Music for seven years, featuring musicians such as John Clayton, Alan Broadbent, Gary Foster, Gerry Wiggins, and Buddy Collette, among others. She decided there were so many living composers who had arranged for many musicians living in the Los Angeles area that she started a "Meet the Composer" venue. With joy, she was able to get Johnny Mandel, David Raksin, Neil Hefti, Steve Allen, Michael Feinstein (who supported so many composers) to the store and introduced them to "everyday people.” Vicki was the first recipient to receive the Teri Merrill award from the Los Angeles Jazz Society. The Pedrini Family received the award again in 2001. LagunaBeachLive.Org is her Orange County contact for Jazz now. A summer & winter season is produced by Cindy Prewitt and Bijon Watson and the venues are the best: Summer at "The Ranch" and Winter at "7 Degrees".

Sue Townsley worked at UCLA for 30 years, during which time she co-founded the Friends of Jazz at UCLA. Upon retiring, the California Jazz Foundation (CJF) offered her a part-time job as its Executive Director. When she moved to the Palm Springs area, Sue created the Coachella Valley Steering Committee for CJF. Sue also informally works with the American Jazz Institute, based in Palm Desert, with a 24/7 straight ahead jazz internet radio station (KAJI). Additionally, she volunteers for several non-profits in the Valley and has received two separate Volunteer of the Year awards.

Vicki Pedrini - A third generation Angelino who's Grandfather founded Pedrini Music in Alhambra in 1938. Vicki was raised by two musician parents; she couldn't help but get music in her blood. She produced a "Live Jazz Series" at Pedrini Music for seven years, featuring musicians such as John Clayton, Alan Broadbent, Gary Foster, Gerry Wiggins, and Buddy Collette, among others. She decided there were so many living composers who had arranged for many musicians living in the Los Angeles area that she started a "Meet the Composer" venue. With joy, she was able to get Johnny Mandel, David Raksin, Neil Hefti, Steve Allen, Michael Feinstein (who supported so many composers) to the store and introduced them to "everyday people.” Vicki was the first recipient to receive the Teri Merrill award from the Los Angeles Jazz Society. The Pedrini Family received the award again in 2001. LagunaBeachLive.Org is her Orange County contact for Jazz now. A summer & winter season is produced by Cindy Prewitt and Bijon Watson and the venues are the best: Summer at "The Ranch" and Winter at "7 Degrees".

 
SOCIAL WORKER

Amanda Steele is an LCSW and serves as the Clinical Director at Telecare WIT, an outpatient mental health clinic in Orange County. She has worked concurrently with the California Jazz Foundation since 2017. Amanda has supported entertainment professionals since 2011, when she began working with the Actors Fund as intake coordinator and housing specialist. Amanda has a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Amanda has a passion for working with artists and musicians, allowing them the opportunity to continue to share their gifts with the world. She understands the non-traditional life path many musicians may take and works to help them navigate all resources available. She strives to meet all clients with compassion, respect, curiosity and patience.


ADMINISTRATOR

Ann Dobbs is a retired California attorney. Graduating from Southwestern in 1984, she specialized in family law. Active in the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Family Law Sections of the State Bar, Los Angeles County, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, she chaired the Beverly Hills Bar Family Law Section in 1993-1994. Ann served on the Community Counseling Services Board of Directors for three years and volunteered for the Harriett Buhai Family Law Center. Her career included a firm partnership, opening her own firm, serving as Assistant Dean for Career Counseling at Southwestern, and eventually sitting on the Los Angeles Superior Court Bench until her retirement in 2007. Ann is an avid jazz listener and has been the CJF Administrator since January of 2012.


Amanda Steele is an LCSW and serves as the Clinical Director at Telecare WIT, an outpatient mental health clinic in Orange County. She has worked concurrently with the California Jazz Foundation since 2017. Amanda has supported entertainment professionals since 2011, when she began working with the Actors Fund as intake coordinator and housing specialist. Amanda has a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Amanda has a passion for working with artists and musicians, allowing them the opportunity to continue to share their gifts with the world. She understands the non-traditional life path many musicians may take and works to help them navigate all resources available. She strives to meet all clients with compassion, respect, curiosity and patience.

Ann Dobbs is a retired California attorney. Graduating from Southwestern in 1984, she specialized in family law. Active in the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Family Law Sections of the State Bar, Los Angeles County, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, she chaired the Beverly Hills Bar Family Law Section in 1993-1994. Ann served on the Community Counseling Services Board of Directors for three years and volunteered for the Harriett Buhai Family Law Center. Her career included a firm partnership, opening her own firm, serving as Assistant Dean for Career Counseling at Southwestern, and eventually sitting on the Los Angeles Superior Court Bench until her retirement in 2007. Ann is an avid jazz listener and has been the CJF Administrator since January of 2012.

ADVISORY BOARD

  • John Acosta
  • Barbara J. Brighton
  • John Clayton
  • Buddy Collette*
  • LeRoy Downs
  • Deborah Ewing, Esq.
  • Terry Gibbs
  • E.J. Gold
  • Hanne Johnson
  • George Kahn
  • Joseph L. Kahn, M.D.
  • Lainie Kazan
  • Hon. Arnold Levin (Ret.)
  • Stephen Maitland-Lewis
  • John McClure
  • Mike Melvoin*
  • Phil Norman
  • Catalina Popescu
  • Frank Potenza
  • Dr. Bobby Rodriguez
  • Cathy Segal-Garcia
  • Alan G. Sieroty, Esq.
  • Richard Weissman, Esq.
  • April Williams
  • Richard A. Williams, M.D.

* In Memoriam

WEBMASTER

  • C. David Rossen