International Association of Schools of Jazz

International Association of Schools of Jazz

connecting jazz and jazz education worldwide

The IASJ Board

The IASJ Board, also referred to as the IASJ Full Board, consists of seven representatives of schools of jazz, members of the IASJ. In the General Assembly, the yearly statutory meeting of representatives taking place during the annual IASJ Jazz Meeting, board members are elected to the board. A board member is elected for a period of five years. Board members can be re-elected.

Inmediately after the General Assembly, the IASJ Full Board convenes to form the IASJ Daily Board: the chairman, secretary and the treasurer. The Daily Board keeps regular contact with the Artistic Director and the Executive Director and sees to it that the decisions taken are being executed.

The IASJ strives to reflect its world-wide character in the representation of the board members. Representatives of schools of jazz, member of the IASJ, having participated in a number of IASJ Jazz Meetings and in good standing, who are willing to stand for election to the board, should notify the IASJ Service Bureau preferably three months before the General Assembly.

IASJ Service Bureau

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2011 jari perkiomaki 2Hi, I am Jari Perkiömäki from Finland. I am a saxophone player and jazz music teacher working currently as the Rector of the University of the Arts Helsinki.I am an IASJ board member since 2006. I was elected as IASJ chairman in 2012 and again in 2016. The IASJ for me is the worldwide network in jazz and jazz education that connects all styles and everybody in jazz. I perform with couple of my own groups and at times I am playing in other people's groups as well.

dimos dimitriadisHi, I am Dimos Dimitriadis from Greece. I am a saxophonist, educator and composer. I founded the only existing Jazz Studies Program in Greece at the Ionian University on the beautiful island of Corfu 16 years ago. Since 2001 I have been involved with the IASJ along with our best students and teachers.

haemi haemmerliHi, I am Haemi Haemmerli, from Switzerland. I am the director of the jazz department in Lucerne. In 2012 in Graz, Austria, I was elected to the board of the IASJ. In 2013 I was elected as the treasurer of the IASJ. My school was the host school of the IASJ Jazz Meeting in 2009.

Bernhard HofmannHi, I am Bernhard Hofmann from Freiburg, Germany. I was the Secretary to the IASJ Board for many years till Dimos Dimitriadis took over this position in 2011. In 2005 my school was the host school of the IASJ Jazz Meeting and George Gruntz was the Artistic Director of that meeting.

jaak sooaarHi, I am Jaak Sooäär, a guitarist and head of the jazz department of Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia. In Graz, Austria during the General Assembly I was elected to the IASJ Board. The first time I came familiar with the IASJ was when the IASJ Jazz Meeting came to Tallinn on a boat in 1996.

Nick SmartI am Nick Smart from London, UK. I am a trumpet player, band-leader and musical director, and since 2010, Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music in London. I have undertaken teaching and performance residencies throughout the world and been inspired by the breadth of the global jazz network, as well as the quality of music-making.

Lupa SantiagoHi, I am Lupa Santiago and I am a guitarist and a composer. I released fifteen cd's, as leader and co-leader. My first cd Images (2001) was indicated for the Latin Grammy. Performances and/or recordings in USA, Europe (Spain, Italy, Austria, Ireland, France, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Switzerland), South America (Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Brazil) and South Africa.

The IASJ is a long standing member of the IMC, the International Music Coucil, affiliated with UNESCO.

The IASJ, founded in 1989, has brought together over 3000 students, teachers and directors of jazz studies from all over the world.