Howard Mandel, President of the Jazz Journalists Association since 1993, has initiated, directed or supervised many JJA activities. He is an internationally-published freelance writer, senior contributor to Down Beat, arts reporter for National Public Radio, blogger at Artsjournal.com, adjunct associate professor at New York University, editor of the Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz and Blues, author of Future Jazz (Oxford University Press, 1999) and Miles Ornette Cecil -- Jazz Beyond Jazz (Routledge, 2008), and two-time winner of ASCAP Deems Taylor awards for excellence in music journalism. Mandel is executive editor of the JJA website Jazzhouse.org and maintains his own site, www.HowardMandel.com

Yvonne Ervin
, Vice President of the Jazz Journalists Association (and Executive Director of the Western Jazz Presenters Networks). Ervin was the Jazz Projects Coordinator for the Western States Arts Federation for three years and for a decade the executive director of the Tucson Jazz Society, building it into the largest jazz society in the country. For four years, she was the Secretary of the Executive Board of the International Association of Jazz Educators, representing the jazz industry on the board. Early in her career she was Vice President of the American Federation of Jazz Societies. She is a contributing writer to Hot House.

David R. Adler, board member and editor of the JJA's quarterly newsletter Jazz Notes, writes about music, politics and culture, covering jazz for Time Out New York, Jazz Times, Philadelphia Weekly, All About Jazz-New York and other publications. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New Republic Online, Slate, Forward, Down Beat and elsewhere. His essays for the British online journal Democratiya have been featured alongside those of leading thinkers of the democratic left. David blogs at lerterland.blogspot.com.

Forrest Bryant is a board member of the JJA, art director of its quarterly journal Jazz Notes, freelance writer, blogger at www.jazzobserver.com, an Internet web designer and jazz program director at KSZU-FM (Stanford University).

Susan E. Fox, CA, a JJA board member, is a leading thinker in the field of association management, published frequently in the Journal of Association Leadership, Associations Now and Forum magazine. She facilitates leadership sessions for national and international associations, focused on developing future scans and innovative processes. Currently Vice President of The Forbes Group, a consulting firm to the association industry, she has more than 25 years experience in the nonprofit sector, 14 as CEO of two national associations. In 2002 she was named a Fellow of American Society of Association Executives, a designation held by only 215 of 23,000 members.

Gary Giddins, a board member of the Jazz Journalists Association, wrote the "Weather Bird" jazz column in the Village Voice for 30 years, and was artistic director of the American Jazz Orchestra, 1986-92. He presently teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center, writes on music for The New Yorker and Jazz Times and on movies for the DGA Quarterly. His books include Visions of Jazz, winner of the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award and Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams, which won the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, the Theater Library Association Award for books on film and broadcasting and the ARSC award for historical research into sound recordings. His critical biographies of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker were adapted into documentary films for PBS and he won a Peabody Award for John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen. Jazz, written with Scott DeVeaux, has appeared as a textbook and will be published in an expanded trade edition in September 2009.

Fred Jung
, JJA board member, is the founder and publisher of All About Jazz-Los Angeles, -Bay Area, and -Chicago, and a board member of the Jazz Journalists Association. He has previously been the host of jazz programming for KFOX radio Korea and the entertainment editor for the Korea Times. He has produced three West Coast Jazz Awards celebrations in Los Angeles.

Eugene Marlow, Ph.D., treasurer of the JJA, is an award-winning composer/arranger, producer, presenter, author, journalist, and educator. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in media and culture at Baruch College (The City University of New York), is former director for Media Relations for the New York Composers Circle, a regular contributing editor to www.jazz.com and is drafting a book on jazz in China. He has composed close to 200 jazz and classical pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles and jazz big band and produced CDs on the MEII Enterprises label.

Brett Delmage, Ottawa-based music photographer, is membership secretary of the Jazz Journalists Association. Email him for information about joining the JJA at brett.delmage@twobikes.ottawa.on.ca -- or go to www.Jazzhouse.org, and click on "JJA Office."