Jazz Alive

an American experiance, an American original

Jazz Alive Board members

President: Laura Gentry

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Xavier University
LAG Productions — Jazz Concert Promotion & Venue Booking

Laura Gentry has been promoting local and nation jazz performers in the greater Cincinnati Area since 1999. She has brought artists Steve Wilson, Mulgrew Miller, Rene Marie, Javon Jackson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dave Stryker, Fareed Haque, Jeremy Pelt, Tim Warfield, Don Braden, Delfeayo Marsalis, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, Tia Fuller, Ralph Peterson, Terell Stafford, and Dana Hall to local venues to play with their own groups and as featured soloists with local ensembles

Laura served as talent coordinator for the annual It’s Commonly Jazz series from 2001 thru 2013. She is the committee chairperson and coordinator for the annual Col. Bill Williams Music & Heritage Festival in Greenup, KY. She has worked as a committee member for Friends of CCM for the In a Whirl of Jazz annual fundraiser.

Local musicians have also benefited from Laura’s promotional skills. She served as executive producer on CDs by Marc Fields, Mike Wade and Melvin Broach as well as offering her organizational skills to many others to help them promote their CD release parties, and special performances.

Laura joined Jazz Alive in 2008 and served as the Director of Marketing and Promotion thru December, 2009.

Vice President/Administrator – In School Jazz Program: Jim Anderson

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College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati
Berklee College of Music (Boston)

Jazz bassist, Jim Anderson, has long been a respected performer and jazz composer. His jazz experience is world class, having toured with the notable Art Blakey, Ernestine Anderson, Hank Crawford, and Nat Adderly. Locally, Jim has been a co-leader of the highly esteemed Cohesion Jazz Ensemble and is continually in demand to perform in local and regional groups. Jim has most recently performed with Joshua Redman at CCM and with Gary Bartz & Lewis Nash at the Dayton Art Institute. He has also performed with the Javon Jackson Quartet featuring Jimmy Cobb and Benny Green and Delfeayo & Jason Marsalis.

Secretary/Administrator – In School Jazz Program: Nate Henderson

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Wilberforce University
University of Cincinnati

Retired business executive Nate Henderson has been a lover of jazz & blues all of his life. Nate was fortunate to grow up in the area of Cincinnati that featured the major jazz clubs - giving him the opportunity to hear the best of both local and international jazz artists. Today, he shares his knowledge of jazz and his jazz experiences by way of jazz radio, in promoting concerts, and helping schools preserve this truly American art form with jazz classes and teacher training. His executive experience as recruiter, human resource manager, affirmative action director, and marketing manager greatly adds to the mission of Jazz Alive.

Treasurer/Co Founder: Joe Gaudio

(May 31st, 1934-April 18th, 2020)

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Master in Music – College – Conservatory of Music

Joe Gaudio, saxophonist, is a founding member and business manager for the nationally recognized Blue Wisp Big Band. He presently performs with the Blue Wisp Big Band & the Psycho-Acoustic Orchestra. During his musical career, he has performed with the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, The Cincinnati Pops, The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and includes performances with international artists Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Mel Torme, and Aretha Franklin.

Director – Senior Services: Larry Kinley

(November 24, 1942-May 25th, 2011)

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Jazz Vocalist – Church Cantor – Teacher

Larry was a master Jazz vocalist – his style reflected his years of experience with Merv Griffin, Henry Mancini, and Tony Bennett and the many years of being a staff vocalist on television stations WLW-TV & WCPO.TV – add to that his 23 years as vocalist with the renowned Frank Vincent Trio. Larry shared his singing talent as a church cantor (17yrs) and performed over 100 concerts per year for jazz loving senior citizens.  He departed this life on May 25th, 2011, and he will be missed as a valuable and beloved board member of Jazz Alive.

In memory of Co Founder
Gordon Ira Brisker

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College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati

November 6, 1937 – September 12, 2004

Our classmate, our friend, the spokesperson for the spirit of humanity, and world class saxophonist - composer - and arranger was one of the original creators and officers of Jazz Alive Inc.

We will miss him, his music, and his uncanny humor.

In memory of Gordon, his name will be associated with all Jazz Alive educational programs.

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