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Jazz Ambassadors End 2020 on a Zoom Note

Updated: Jan 5, 2021

The annual KC Jazz Ambassadors meeting—always a swingin’ time—

Zoomed out to members in December. A small but committed group reviewed the group’s activities and elected new officers and board members for 2021.

Mark Edelman presided, sharing a report that highlighted the most extensive

use of the Musicians Assistance Fund in the Ambassadors’ lengthy history. More than $28,000 was

distributed thru KCJA Gig Grants-- $16,000 in the Spring and another $12,000 in November/December. The Fall/Winter grants helped not only local jazz musicians but also some of the clubs that support jazz, with Gig Grants going to performers who worked socially-distanced, mask-required engagements at Johnny’s in Liberty, Chaz on the Plaza, Tom’s Tavern and the Phoenix, as well as the American Jazz Museum’s virtual fund-raiser.

David Basse reported on the transition of JAM Magazine from print to on-line publication. Monthly editions began in July and will continue into 2021. Providing printed copies for those who want them will be explored as well.

After reviewing finances, the membership approved changes to the by-laws that had been adopted and recommended by the board. Elections followed, with the following Ambassadors chosen for 2021:

President Mark Edelman

Vice- President Stephan Mann

Treausurer Jason Goudeau

Secretary Linda McShann

David Basse, Lynn Abrams and Herschel McWilliams will return as Directors JAM, Membership and Internet and Social Media, respectively. Brian Ruskin was elected to the Board and will serve as Scholarship Director. Goudeau was elected to a two year term to the Board of Directors as well.

Members were entertained between meeting topics by Joe Cartwright at the piano and Steve Rigazzi on bass; the duo kept the annual KCJA Membership Meeting a swingin affair.

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