International Association of Schools of Jazz

International Association of Schools of Jazz

the worldwide organization for jazz, jazz education and jazz research

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.

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Hi, I am Felipe Salles, a Brazilian jazz composer, conductor, and saxophonist, living in the US since 1995. I have been a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2010. I have been involved with the IASJ since 2007, and was elected to the board of the IASJ as treasurer in 2019.

Massimo Cavalli320x210Hi, I am Massimo Cavalli, I’m Italian living in Portugal since 1996. I am an electric and double bass player, educator and composer. I’m the head of Jazz and Modern Music Department at
Universidade Lusíada in Lisbon (Portugal). I participated to my first IASJ Meeting in 2013, I was elected as board member in 2022.

Keller Coker 2

Hi, I am Keller Coker from the New School in New York, USA. I was elected to the board in July 2020. I am a trumpet player and a conductor.


Hello, my name is Ed Partyka.

I am originally from Chicago, but I’ve lived and worked in Europe for over 30 years. I am Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra and Professor for Jazz Composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.

I am an educator, arranger, conductor and composer and it is an honor to be a board member of the IASJ, an organization that I have admired and respected for many years.

My name is Martin Zenker and I am an upright bass player, born and raised in Munich, Germany. After freelancing and touring worldwide for about almost 20 years I discovered my passion for education, when I started teaching in South Korea. Currently I divide my time between Asia and Europe, working mostly for the Universities in Munich, Germany, Klagenfurt in Austria and Ulan Bator in Mongolia. Besides teaching music, I am also involved or responsible for several exchange programs. The IASJ is perfect environment for connecting the jazz world and I am proud to be part of it.


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

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

The IASJ promotes cultural diversity and does not discriminate towards nationality, religion, gender or age.

IASJ contact information

IASJ - Unit 2
3e Binnenvestgracht 23-J
The Netherlands

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General Information

Organization: non-for-profit association, (Dutch title: "Internationale Vereniging van Scholen voor Jazz"), founded in 1989
Chamber of Commerce: The Hague, The Netherlands: KvK 40412806
VAT-number: none. The IASJ is tax-exempted.