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2019 Board of Directors Slate

Thank you for your nominations of members to serve on our Board of Directors for the 2019-2022 term. Nominations were reviewed as received by the Nominating Committee this year for the Board seats currently available. 

A slate of nominees has been prepared in accordance with the organization’s By Laws [article 6.2(a)] for ratification by JEN membership with voting privileges. 

Voting will remain open until Midnight EDT May 31, 2019, with the announcement of the outcome to be published immediately following conclusion of the election. Please review the proposed slate and cast your vote to ratify today.  You can read about each nominee’s credentials below.

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Robert Breithaupt

Robert Breithaupt is Professor of Music and coordinator of the percussion program at Capital University, and serves as chair of the performance division. He is considered one of the world’s most recognized historians on the history and development of the drum set. His past students are successful across the globe as performers, educators, authors, and the music industry. He served as Executive Director of the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) and is the drummer in the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Breithaupt is Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society, currently the Vice-President of the Jazz Education Network and board member of the music industry education organization, The Sessions. Breithaupt has appeared with a virtual countless jazz talents and performs with many of the world’s finest orchestras with trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, and as an independent artist.

Breithaupt is an artist/endorser for Yamaha, Sabian, Ltd., and Remo, Inc., presents clinics, workshops and seminars worldwide and designed his own signature drum stick for Innovative Percussion. Breithaupt was a co-founder of Columbus Pro Percussion, Inc., President of RB Music, Inc., author of the textbook The Complete Percussionist., and nonprofit consultant in leadership and strategy. He has received the Yamaha Legacy Award and Bowling Green State University’s Outstanding Graduate Award.

Johnaye Kendrick

Johnaye Kendrick is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and Professor. She received a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University, a Master of Music from Loyola University and an Artist Diploma from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. After graduating from the Monk Institute, Johnaye was immediately hired by trumpeter Nicholas Payton, who raves “Johnaye has the potential to be a vocalist of the highest order; the likes of which we have seen seldom since the grande dames of the golden era of jazz roamed about the earth. She’s got IT!”  Johnaye has also been a featured vocalist with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. She has released two albums, HERE and FLYING on her johnygirl record label.

José Diaz

José Antonio Díaz, founder and artistic director of Díaz Music Institute (DMI), is a Grammy Nominated Top 10 Finalist for the Music Educator, winner of Berklee College of Music’s John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year Award and a recipient of the Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Award. Recently Inducted into Down Beat Magazine’s Jazz Education Hall of Fame, Díaz’s has groups have performed with such Candido, Pete Escovedo, Jon Faddis, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Perez, Poncho Sánchez, and Arturo Sandoval to name just a few.

Jose is also co-author of Middle School Music Expressions™ (Alfred Music Publication) and composed the music for Freddie the Frog and the Invisible Coquí (Mystic Publishing, Inc.), which was selected as Creative Child’s Magazine’s 2016 book of the year. Currently Diaz is developing a new jazz curriculum entitled “About That Jazz.”

Trineice Robinson-Martin


Trineice Robinson-Martin serves as the private voice instructor in jazz and the Jazz Vocal Collective Ensemble director at Princeton University. In addition, Dr. Robinson-Martin runs a private voice studio in Lawrenceville, NJ, serves as the Creative Arts Director at Turning Point United Methodist Church in Trenton, NJ, and performs regularly in the tri-state area.
As an internationally recognized voice pedagogue in contemporary music, Dr. Robinson-Martin has dedicated her career to performing and developing resources for teaching jazz, gospel, and R&B singing styles. Dr. Robinson-Martin is also a certified instructor in Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method, a national faculty member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc., the executive director of the African American Jazz Caucus, Inc., a founding and executive board member of the Donald Meade Legacy Jazz Griot Award, and an active member of the Jazz Education Network. Based on her graduate research, Dr. Robinson-Martin designed Soul Ingredients®, a teaching methodology for developing a singer’s musical style/interpretation in African-American folk based music styles (i.e., jazz, gospel, R&B, blues, etc.).

Dr. Robinson-Martin has authored and produced peer-reviewed and self-published works. Her most recent publication is So You Want To Sing Gospel as part of the So You Want to Sing book series sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

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