Us - Board Of Directors
- Accomplishments - Recognition
The St. John’s Jazz Festival
(SJJF) was formed in April 2003 as a not-for-profit organization to promote
the enjoyment and appreciation of jazz in Newfoundland and Labrador. The
impetus for SJJF was provided by the success of the Hew Knoo Jazz Festival
- the first St. John’s jazz festival held on August 10th, 2002.
The St. John's Jazz Festival will
be identified as the driving force behind the perpetuation of jazz &
world music in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The St. John's Jazz Festival builds
greater awareness of & appreciation for jazz & world music &
their traditions through a year-round program of educational & performance
- To create opportunities for the
public of all ages to learn about the diversity, history, & cultural
traditions of jazz & world music.
- To offer performance opportunities
for emerging musicians and school-based bands.
- To increase professional development
opportunities for musicians of all ages and levels of expertise in areas
related to composition, improvisation, performance, and business development.
- To deliver education programs
to high school students.
- To establish opportunities for
musicians of all ages to engage in networking, collaboration, &
exchange opportunities with their local & visiting peers.
- To provide opportunities for audiences
of all ages to experience jazz & world music in community settings.
- To establish a scholarship for
emerging student jazz musicians in Newfoundland & Labrador.
- To promote the enjoyment of jazz
& world music as an instrument for building & enhancing community.
Kirk Newhook - Festival Producer /Artistic Director / Musician / Educator
/ Peer Mentor
Volunteer Board of Directors -
- Sharon D. Pippy - Chair
- Fred Colbourne - Treasurer
- Bob Buckingham - Lawyer
- Anne Fagan – Business Advisor
- Angela Dawe – Education
- Dr. Carl Eustace – Secretary
- Herb Hopkins – Site Advisor
- Eric Davidson – Business
John Nugent - NYJam / Brooklyn, NY
Producer/Artistic Director of the Rochester Jazz Festival and the Stockholm
December 2003 –
Appointment of John Nugent as Honourary Chair of AJI
Native Newfoundlander, John Nugent, an internationally renowned jazz saxophonist,
is currently the executive producer/artistic director of two international
jazz festivals, the Rochester Jazz Festival (NY) and the Stockholm Jazz
January 2004 – St. John’s Jazz Festival recognized
as emerging festival in Canada
Jazz Festivals Canada recognizes the St. John’s Jazz Festival as
an emerging festival in Canada and consequently invites AJI Executive
Director Kirk Newhook to attend the annual conference of the International
Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) in New York City. Jazz Festivals
Canada participates as part of the Government of Canada’s Department
of Canadian Heritage delegation.
Liaison formed with JazzReach Performing
Arts and Education Association, for the purpose of collaborating on educational
programming within the Festival context.
February/November 2004 – Jazz Festivals Canada Booking
& Blocking Meeting
Kirk Newhook travels to Vancouver, BC to discuss booking/blocking collaborations
with other Canadian jazz festivals that lead to cohesive programming and
efficient routing for jazz festivals and touring artists respectively.
Artist and ticket pricing, best venues – seating capacity and atmosphere,
expected ticket sales, artistic vision/integrity, and artists’ management/agent
companies are some of the exciting topics.
July 2004 – AJI
Executive Director mentored at Stockholm Jazz Festival
At the conclusion of the St. John’s Jazz Festival 2004, Kirk Newhook
accepts John Nugent’s invitation to attend, as his guest, the Stockholm
Jazz Festival. The St. John’s Jazz Festival is promoted in Stockholm,
the Executive Director networks with performers and industry professionals
at the Festival, and international performers are considered for future
St. John’s Jazz Festivals.
An unexpected benefit of attending
the Stockholm Festival, Stevie Wonder invites the Executive Director to
meet and travel with Mr. Wonder’s band, which perform at the Stockholm
Festival and the Pori International Jazz Festival (Finland).
January 2005 – Executive
Director attends the Association of Professional Arts Presenters (APAP)
annual conference in New York City with Jazz Festivals Canada.
Resulting developments include introduction to main agents working with
Jazz Festivals Canada for international artist bookings; obtaining samples
of an inspiring assortment of modern jazz and world music; discussing
a collaboration with the Atlantic Jazz Festival in Halifax that would
feature musicians from St. John’s, Halifax and the rest of Canada;
discussing educational programs utilized by other Jazz Festivals Canada
members; initiating a relationship with Rochestor Jazz Festival’s
Director of Talent Acquisition Juilus Lokin.
The Jazz Festivals Canada conference
booth presents a unified front to the international jazz community.
June 2005 – AJI
Chair and Executive Director attend 4th annual Rochester International
Jazz Festival (RIJF) in Rochester, NY.
The RIJF is co-produced by John Nugent, honourary chair of the AJI. Mr.
Nugent invited our attendance to this rapidly developing international
festival so as to provide an opportunity to experience festival production
on a scale much larger than found in St. John’s. Through this experience
we were able to examine and critique many elements of the RIJF and decide
how we could implement some of these into the St. John’s Jazz Festival.
We were also able to liaise with many of the performers, thereby learning
from their perspective of the RIJF as well as many Canadian jazz festivals
that they have performed in. This also allowed us an opportunity to introduce
and describe to them the SJJF, which may lead to future programming interests.
We also networked with other personnel involved in the production of the
festival, again gaining insight on their perception of the RIJF as well
as informing them of the SJJF and its developments.
July 2005 – Executive
Director attends Canadian Creative Music Week Networking Meetings during
Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
A Canadian Heritage sponsored initiative; this meeting provided an excellent
opportunity for the Atlantic Jazz Initiative to network with other festival
and jazz presenters from around North America and Europe to discuss best
practices, common hurdles and methods of overcoming problems associated
with presenting jazz in smaller centers, relationships with artists and
July 2005 – Executive Director attends Jazz Festivals
Canada AGM in Ottawa, ON.
Members of Jazz Festivals Canada meet to discuss previous festival season,
JFC business, corporate and government funding sources, election of board
of directors, selection, schedule and location of future meetings. Met
with Canadian Heritage APC program’s Guylaine Normand to discuss
changes in APC guidelines, policies and application.
SJJF Executive Director Kirk Newhook was elected to JFC board of directors
to fill the position of treasurer.
August 2005 – Executive Director attends meeting hosted
by City of St. John’s Tourism Department.
Sister-city relationship has been established between St. John’s,
NL and Waterford, Ireland. Representatives from music festivals in Waterford
were present in St. John’s, and all arts festivals within St. John’s
were called to meeting to discuss best practices, and suggestions as to
how the City of St. John’s could be more accommodating and supportive
of artistic festivals taking place within the city. Findings from this
meeting were passed along to the City of St. John’s Arts Advisory
Canada Council for the Arts –
Flying Squad - Funding to hire consultant, Terry Hickey to develop a 3-5
year Business/Strategy Plan
November 2005 - Funding
from Service Canada for New Office and Staff
Service Canada secured funding using
the Job Creation Partnership Program to hire two full-time staff –
Marketing and Promotions Coordinator – Heather Adams, Volunteer
Coordinator/Administrative Officer – Suzan Finn, as well as to secure
office space in St. John’s.
Collaboration with the St. John’s Northwest Rotary Music Festival
to produce a concert to be featured in both festivals in ‘06.
Recognized by Jazz
Festivals Canada, a member-driven not-for-profit national arts service
organization whose mandate is to represent the interests and act as
advocate for the development of Canadian jazz festivals and jazz presenters.
festival in your region that has laid solid groundwork and shows strong
promise in developing into a significant national/international event”.
Robert Kerr - Executive Director; Jazz Festivals Canada
to view their letter of endorsement).
John Nugent - Executive Producer
of NYJam and expatriate Newfoundlander becomes Patron Supporter of the
Atlantic Jazz Initiative.
Recognized by NYJam - the Executive
Producer of the Rochester
Jazz Festival and the Stockholm
Jazz Festival. John Nugent, internationally renowned jazz saxophonist,
is a native of Newfoundland and is now responsible for the production
of these two very major jazz festivals.
"As a Newfoundlander
who currently organizes two major events in the USA and in Scandinavia,
I see a lot of potential in what Kirk is doing for the community at
home and I am prepared to help him with as much support and information
as possible to see him successful".
John Nugent - Producer/Artistic Director, Stockholm Jazz Festival,
to view their letter of support).
to view their letter of invitation).