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.

Felipe Salles 300x200Hi, I am Felipe Salles, a Brazilian jazz composer, conductor, and saxophonist, active in the US since 1995. I am an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2010. During the 2019 IASJ Jazz Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia I was elected to the board of the IASJ as treasurer. I have been involved with the IASJ since 2007.

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.

Hi, I am Ed Partyka from the KUG in Graz, Austria. I was elected tEdPartykao the board in July 2020.

I was born in the USA but for the last 30 years I live and many wok in Europe.

In 2006 I became professor for jazz theory, jazz composition and arranging at the KUG, the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. I also teach and conduct the big band of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Over the years I had the opportunity to be a guest teacher in many schools and work their excellent big bands. As a composer and arranger, I have written and recorded many pieces for big band in the USA and in Europe. In 2020 – 2021 I am the UMO Helsinki’s Artistic Director and Chief Conductor.


ricardo pinheiro

Hi, I am Ricardo Pinheiro from Portugal. I teach at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa (Conservatory), where I'm the Head of the Master of Music Program. I’m a guitarist and researcher and I’ve been attending IASJ Jazz Meetings since 2007. For more than one decade, I met dozens of wonderful musicians and became fully committed to the IASJ.

Inaki SandovalHello, I am Iñaki Sandoval, a jazz pianist, professor and director at the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy, in Estonia, since 2015. I have been founding director of the jazz department (2003-2015) and Dean of Graduate Studies (2013-2015) at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona, and director of L’Aula of Modern Music (Berklee International Network of Schools) from 2004 to 2008.

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