June 21, 2019

Mission Statement

The New Jersey Jazz Society is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting and preserving America’s original art form – jazz. The Society’s mission is to ensure continuity of the jazz art form through its commitment to nurture and champion local talent, along with showcasing outstanding national and international artists and to provide for the younger generation via arts education programs.

NJJS accomplishes its mission through society-sponsored and co-sponsored activities in collaboration with allied cultural, educational, and commercial organizations, and through support from individual and corporate contributions.


New Jersey Jazz Society (NJJS) is an organization of business and professional people, musicians, teachers, students and listeners working together for the purpose of advancing jazz music.  Founded in 1972, the Society is managed by a board of directors who meet monthly to develop strategic plans for the organization.  To that end, NJJS:

  • Produces live jazz programs and partners with others organizations to support live jazz.  
  • Conducts “Generations of Jazz” in local schools.  “Generations of Jazz” is a musical history lesson performed by professional jazz instrumentalists and vocalists, demonstrating the origins and evolution of jazz
  • Provides scholarships to deserving jazz studies students of NJ colleges and universities.
  • Recognizes and rewards New Jersey jazz legends and those people that provide extraordinary support to jazz.
  • NJJS publishes a monthly magazine, Jersey Jazz, which contains feature articles, photos, music calendars, concert and CD reviews, NJJS information and is free with membership.
  • Helps promote and market New Jersey’s resident jazz musicians and jazz venues with a bi-monthly ‘eBlast” publication which goes out to over 2,200 jazz fans.
  • Continually conducts networking activities aimed at connecting the many facets of New Jersey’s vibrant jazz scene.

The New Jersey Jazz Society is a qualified organization of the New Jersey Cultural Trust, and is qualified as a tax-exempt cultural organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to NJJS are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

NJJS is committed to making America’s great art form, jazz, accessible to all people. Upon advance request, appropriate accommodation will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in all New Jersey Jazz Society services, programs and activities.


President – Cydney Halpin Email: pres@njjs.org / info@njjs.org
Executive Vice President – Jay Dougherty Email: vicepresident@njjs.org
Membership Vice President – Pete Grice Email: membership@njjs.org  973-610-1308
Music Vice President – Carrie Jackson Email: music@njjs.org
Publicity Vice President – Sanford Josephson Email: publicity@njjs.org
Treasurer – Mike Katz Email: treasurer@njjs.org / makatz2@comcast.net
Recording Secretary – Irene Miller Email
Immediate Past President – Mike Katz


Danny Bacher, Ted Clark, Dave Dilzell, Cynthia Feketie, Stephen Fuller, Peter Lin, Caryl Anne McBride, Robert McGee, James Pansulla, Al Parmet, Stewart Schiffer, Mitchell Seidel, Marcia Steinberg, Elliott Tyson, Jackie Wetcher, Tony Mottola (Ex-officio), Linda Lobdell (Ex-officio)


Jersey Jazz Editor – Tony Mottola Email: editor@njjs.org
Jersey Jazz Co-Editor/Art Director – Linda Lobdell Email: art@njjs.org
Contributing Photo Editor – Mitchell Seidel Email: photo@njjs.org
Website Administrator – Dave Dilzell Email: webadmin@njjs.org
Public Relations/Marketing – Sanford Josephson Email: publicity@njjs.org

eBlast Subscribe

Subscribe to the eBlast from New Jersey Jazz Society to receive important updates and content straight to your inbox.