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The Executive Officers are:

Judd Danby [Artistic Director and President, Webmaster]

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Judd is a concert music composer with works in both traditional and electroacoustic media, a jazz performer and composer/arranger, and a 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 helped design the Theory-Composition and Piano Labs at the school's Rohrman Performing Arts Center, and developed the curricula for and teaches the two-year music theory sequence and three-semester Composing with Digital Tools sequence.

He serves 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 Brad Mehldau, Thelonious Monk, and the history of the jazz piano trio. He has also presented pre-show talks on the music of Vijay Iyer and Brad Mehldau for Purdue Convocations.

His works have been performed at venues throughout the U.S., including the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Ball State University, Connecticut College, Indiana University, Kansas State University, Merkin Hall, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Iowa, Wabash College, and the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society. 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.

Danby's primary instrument was trumpet from 1975 until 2001, when he switched to performing exclusively as a jazz pianist. He performs as a leader and sideman with jazz ensembles throughout central Indiana. He has performed with Roscoe Mitchell and recorded Anthony Braxton's Composition 165 under the composer's direction (New Albion 050).

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.

Maher Hasan [Secretary and Treasurer]

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Maher came to Purdue in 2001 to complete a Bachelor's degree in engineering, and has since continued on to complete his graduate studies at Purdue and make Lafayette his home. A native of Jordan, he grew up with a deep interest in music, and has played the qanun (an arabic/turkish instrument, similar to a zither) for many years. Since coming to Lafayette, he's developed a great appreciation for jazz music and has recently started studying jazz piano with Judd Danby. He is excited to be a part of the Jazz Club and for the opportunity to help bring more jazz music to the greater Lafayette community.

Debby Parisi [Volunteer Coordinator]

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(Bio coming soon!)

Don Seybold [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.


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Elected Voting Members of the Board of Directors (Elected) are: 

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CJ Brown

CJ Brown moved to Lafayette from Rockford, IL, in December 1979 after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University and marrying her college sweetheart. Since making Lafayette her home, CJ has served on the boards of directors and committees of several non-profit agencies including the Lafayette School Corp. Board of Trustees. A highlight of her time here was her 23-year singing career with the Sisters of Thunder as an a cappella song stylist with Regina Todd Weakly and percussionist Dennis Leas. CJ has also been a member of Purdue's Black Voices of Inspiration (BVOI) as a community cohort and as a part of several ad hoc community choirs over the years. CJ's love of jazz began in high school listening to her father's jazz LPs and has grown to include her performances at the Knickerbocker during Jazz Appreciation Month. Her taste in music is very eclectic, as evidenced by her continuing to sing with her church praise team and with a bluegrass band called the Hazelnuts.

CJ says that another highlight — and her most complicated improvisational venture — was the raising of her four über-smart daughters who are now scattered across the country, and of whom she is very proud.

Scott Pazera

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 Chicago and Indianapolis. Scott has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Rich Little, Veruca Salt, Ce Ce Peniston, Med Flory (Supersax), Fareed Haque, Henry Johnson, Bill Lancton, Byron Stripling, Rachel Yamagata, Corey Christiansen and many others.

Scott recently completed a Master's Degree in Music Technology from IUPUI and is beginning his second year as the Wabash College Jazz Band Director.

Sonya Thomas

A native of Minneapolis, Sonya grew up with a deep appreciation for Arts and Culture.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Minnesota and has made Greater Lafayette home since 1995. She’s a graduate of Leadership Lafayette. She served on the board of Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation and later served for nearly a decade on Civic Theatre’s board of directors. Sonya remains active at Civic, where she’s produced numerous plays and headed up various committees. As an artist, she has shown her pastel artwork throughout the region.  She enjoys all types of music and has developed a fond appreciation of jazz through her membership in the Jazz Club.


Danny Weiss

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.

Todd Wetzel

Todd Wetzel is the director of Purdue Convocations, the multidisciplinary arts presenting organization at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) where he presents over 30 performances each season across the performing arts and commercial spectrum. Previously, he served as director of the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, as co-chair of the Midwest Arts Conference, and as grant panelist for the NEA and the Indiana Arts Commission. He holds an interdisciplinary BA in Music & Business (principal instrument: piano) and an MBA.
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