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The
Elected Voting Members of the Board of Directors are: 

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Cindy Gerlach [Chair]

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Cindy earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and her MA in English from Bradley University. She has worked as a writer/editor, educator and arts administrator. A resident of Lafayette since 1995, she has worked on the Opinions page at the Journal & Courier, for the Bach Chorale Singers, as Marketing & Communications Director for Purdue Musical Organizations, and currently teaches English at Ivy Tech.
 
She currently serves on the board of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society (president) and the Public Schools Foundation and handles publicity for the Historic Ninth Street Hill Neighborhood Association; for three years she was president of the parent group for Jefferson High School Choirs.
 
Cindy lives near downtown Lafayette with her husband and three daughters, and she likes to patronize live music and theatre performances, as well as dining out downtown.​

 

Board leadership: I have experience with board structure and governance, bylaws revision and strategic planning, all of which could be reviewed for the Jazz Club. I would also be interested in helping with marketing, outreach, growing the social media presence for through various platforms, and helping with designing/writing the Jazz Club newsletter, a project that is in the early stages and would help develop and grow membership.

Scott Pazera [JAM Sessions]

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A member of the Lafayette community since 1999, Scott Pazera has been playing bass guitar, standard guitar and acoustic bass for almost 30 years and is a motivated instructor, small business owner and spirited performer. Scott has been performing publicly with his own jazz groups and often works as a sideman to some of the top performers in the Midwest. Scott has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Rich Little, Charlie Hunter, Veruca Salt, Ce Ce Peniston, Med Flory (Supersax), Fareed Haque, Henry Johnson, Bill Lancton, Byron Stripling, Rob Dixon, Corey Christiansen and many others.
 
Scott holds a Master's Degree in Music Technology from IUPUI as well as a Master's in Public Administration from Indiana University. This year marks his fifth as the Jazz Band Director for Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN. Scott teaches privately at his home, two different music stores in Lafayette, and as an adjunct instructor with the Jazz Band and Combos at Lafayette Jefferson High School.

 
Board leadership: I have been a Jazz Club board member for three years, serving as chair of a project to help bring awareness of and community support for the art of jazz. I have organized and collected donations and corporate sponsoships to support weekly Jazz Appreciation Month (J.A.M.) jam sessions every April and October, and have served as their musical director. I will continue leading this project to help us realize our mission.

Gerald Shively [Treasurer]

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Gerald is a 20-year resident of West Lafayette, having moved here to join the Purdue faculty in 1996. He's been a member of the Jazz Club and an active participant in Jazz Club activities since 2010.
 
"When I was young, my music teachers, friends and family members recognized in me a fundamental lack of both natural music talent and discipline, and they strongly encouraged me to devote my energies to becoming a better music listener. I have followed that advice assiduously ever since. I discovered jazz while listening to late night college radio as a high school student growing up in Dayton, Ohio in the late 1970s. Careful to maintain my standing among peers, most of whom were heavy metal aficionados, I cleverly kept my interests hidden by wearing headphones and storing my cassettes out of sight, until landing at college in Boston in the early 80s. Given the time and place, I naturally had to work my way backward through the jazz catalog, transitioning from Fusion, Bop and Swing to Ellington and Armstrong, before making a barnyard turn and heading back to the present, where I now happily reside."
 

Board leadership: I will try to serve the interests of both serious and casual jazz fans in our community. I plan to devote my efforts to member relations. I’d like to get a better sense of what members want from the Club, not only in terms of locally-delivered live music, but also with respect to other jazz-related experiences. I will work with the board to meet members’ desires and expectations, and to grow our membership, especially with younger listeners who might be encountering jazz for the first time.

Sandra Sydnor

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Sandra is a seven-year resident of Lafayette, having joined Purdue’s Hospitality and Tourism Management faculty in 2009, hailing from that other school of the maize & gray. Ten years of piano lessons; participation in high school concert, performance ensembles, and marching bands; and a church jazz combo has fueled her lifelong love of all music genres…but especially jazz. Sandra and her younger brother Brian listened to jazz, played on his bedroom record player (!), every morning prior to leaving for middle and high school. They were especially fond of Quincy Jones, back in the days when he was primarily labeled as a jazz musician and producer. As a Michigan State University undergraduate student, she seriously considered majoring in music, until her father wisely asked her what she thought she might actually do upon graduation (she graduated in engineering). She currently serves as vice-chair of the Human Rights Commission of Tippecanoe County; an inaugural member of the Entrepreneurship Research Society; and a ten-year member of the nominating committee for the World of Children.;
 

Board leadership: I have been a jazz club member since 2010. My intention in serving the Club is to bring heightened awareness about the value the Jazz Club brings to the Tippecanoe County metropolis and expand organizational membership.

Seema A. C. Warner [Secretary]

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Seema is a free-lance event coordinator and entrepreneur. She is an Owner/Co-Owner at Carnahan Hall, LaffyCon LLC, Upbeat Productions LLC, and OMFC LLC.
 
Seema completed her Bachelor's in Political Science from Miami University (Oxford, OH) in 2008. She specializes in event planning, hospitality, and event logistics. Since 2011, she has worked for a number of larger music festivals ranging from 20,000-200,000 in attendance. Seema has a passion for live music and enjoys Talent Buying/Talent Scouting for upcoming events.
 

Board leadership: I would like to see the Jazz Club expand its efforts in social media, marketing, and web presence. I can provide online ticketing services through Carnahan Hall as well as reach out to other partners to help spread the word on upcoming events. I believe that in the past year the Jazz Club has grown its reputation through the J.A.M. sessions, workshops, and regular season concerts, and I would like to help continue these efforts. I am interested in having Carnahan Hall and The Jazz Club team up to present higher profile jazz artists. I also believe that The Jazz Club could apply for additional funding via "Visit West Lafayette/Lafayette" and TAF in order to expand its event catalog for the year.

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The Officers are:

Judd Danby [Artistic Director and President]

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Judd is a concert music composer, a jazz performer and composer/arranger, and a music teacher at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, IN, where he works with students in the areas of music theory, composition, and as director of the school's jazz combo. He has served as a member of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) writing subcommittee revising the standards for music theory and composition in grades 9–12, and as Chair of the Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) annual Composition Competition.

Danby has been a frequent guest on WBAA-920 AM Purdue's "Inside Jazz" with host Don Seybold, presenting shows on his own music, and the music of Dave Douglas, Brad Mehldau, Thelonious Monk, Chris Potter, the San Francisco Jazz Collective, and the history of the jazz piano trio. He has also presented pre-show talks for Purdue Convocations on the music of the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Sullivan Fortner, Vijay Iyer, Donny McCaslin, Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, the San Francisco Jazz Collective, and the Piano Etudes of composer Philip Glass.

His jazz works appear on the Los Blancos Latin Jazz Band CD Receta Original (Red Pepper Records CD374). His compositions have been featured on the radio by WILL-FM (Urbana, IL), Inside Jazz on WBAA-Purdue, and WICR in Indianapolis.

Ellen Gundlach [Member Services]

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Ellen is a lecturer and education specialist in the Department of Statistics at Purdue University and holds a Master's degree in Physical Chemistry from The Ohio State University.  She plays the flute with the Lafayette Flute Choir and Citizens Band and studies privately with Harriet Coppoc.  Ellen has two teenage sons who play guitar and trumpet, and she and her boys are looking forward to participating in the new Jazz Club workshops.

James Yahn [Website Coordinator]

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James is Midwest-born and raised and a member of the Lafayette community for the last two years. In his formative years, he enjoyed sitting in his father’s chair listening to Lionel Hampton (the famed vibraphonist) on reel to reel; enjoying the dulcet tones of the flugelhornist, trumpeter and composer Chuck Mansion; or being memorized by the vocal talent of Lena Horn. His father was instrumental in cultivating James’ love of music, in general, and, in particular, his love of Jazz. His all-time favorite jazz vocalist is Al Jarreau, trying without limited success to reflect imitation being the sincerest form of flattery.

While James is currently employed as a remote Software Consultant for one of Boston business Journal’s Fast 50 companies, Acorio, his background includes theatre, voice over artistry, podcasting, web development and more than 15 years as a praise and worship leader.

 

Debby Parisi [Volunteer Coordinator]

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(Bio coming soon)
 

Don Seybold [Co-Chair, Tony Zamora Scholarship]

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Don worked at Purdue Convocations for 26 years where he created and booked the Jazz Set. He has hosted a jazz program on local radio stations since 1987 and is currently heard on “Inside Jazz” on WBAA-920AM from 9:00 P.M.-midnight on Sundays. One of the co-founders of The Jazz Club, Don served from 2009–2014 is Host and Booking Agent for the organization. He teaches jazz history for Purdue's Visual and Performing Arts Department and gives frequent pre-show talks for Purdue Convos jazz concerts.

 

Danny Weiss [Co-Chair, Tony Zamora Scholarship]

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Duo, trio, and quartet leader Danny Weiss plays woodwinds, composes, and occasionally sings. Currently living in West Lafayette, Indiana, Weiss spent many years in New York and Chicago. He has performed with the avant-garde nonet, DaDaDah, the brass jazz ensemble, NoNoNonet, New York dance choreographers, Latin jazz bands, and Broadway show bands. Weiss has also performed with such jazz celebrities as Rashied Ali, Tom Varner, Joe Williams, Chris Washburne, Michael Sarin, Lynn Arriel, Clyde Stubblefield, and Don Braden at venues including the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, Birdland, CBGBs, the West End Gate, PS 122, Jay's, the Knitting Factory, and the Bitter End. Weiss is married to Felicia Roberts, a professor at Purdue University.

Danny is also an educator. He is on the faculty of Purdue University as a lecturer in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and as the Instructor of Saxophone in the Department of Bands. His private studio, the Danny Weiss Studio, welcomes flute, clarinet, and saxophone students of all ages. Weiss holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University-Bloomington.
 

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