Vote To Ratify JEN’s

2018 Board of Directors Slate

Thank you for your nominations of members to serve on our Board of Directors for the 2018-2021 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 June 15, 2018, 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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Roxy Coss

Roxy Coss is the Founder, President, and Executive Director of Women In Jazz Organization, a collective of professional jazz musicians who identify as women or non­binary. She is a passionate representative for diversity and equality currently involved in the jazz community. As an educator, Roxy has over 17 years of experience with students of all ages. In addition to private instruction, she has led Masterclasses around the United States, served as an adjudicator for festivals, and performed with teaching programs. Musician, Composer, Arranger, Recording Artist, Educator and Activist, Roxy Coss has performed extensively around the world, including the Newport Jazz Festival, Melbourne Big Band Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Summerfest, The Jazz Standard, and Jazz Showcase. Coss released her fourth album as a leader, The Future Is Female (Posi­Tone). Coss has performed as a side musician with Jazz greats including Clark Terry, Louis Hayes, Rufus Reid, Billy Kaye and Claudio Roditi. She has been a member of The Diva Jazz Orchestra since 2009.

Doug DuBoff

Doug DuBoff lives and breathes jazz and jazz education every day, understanding the needs of today’s jazz educator. His passion for all things jazz is visible with his company’s pursuit of offering historical jazz repertoire that is unmatched. Doug, together with his brother, Rob, own and operate This company is both a music publisher for classic jazz repertoire, as well as a retail outlet for many other music publishing companies. He deals with jazz educators ranging from grammar schools in Australia to high schools in Germany to colleges and universities all over the US and the world, as well as private instructors and bands everywhere, understanding the needs of jazz educators and performers worldwide. In Doug’s words, “Jazz education is THE nexus of jazz’s popularity and its future. There are so many more high school, college, and university jazz educators to be made aware of what JEN has been doing, and I am in a unique position to aid in this effort.” Doug has a passion for furthering jazz education, the future of jazz, and jazz in general.

Dustin Rohrer

Dustin Rohrer’s diverse background in music, business and current position at Bain & Company, will provide JEN with a wealth of skills and counsel to guide JEN to the next level. His journey began with a masters of music from the Manhattan School of Music as a drummer/musician, graduating to play live concert events all over world. Dustin returned to academia to earn a M.B.A., Finance and Strategy, while operating a recording studio in Nashville. He transitioned from the music industry to digital marketing, S.E.O., research and analytics, and then worked for a non-profit, managing the volunteer training, logistics and presentation training, achieving 5,300 new sponsorships, for a combined total of over $13 million in revenue. With his collective skills and expertise, Dustin currently works as a Bain & Company consultant. Bain & Company is one of the world’s leading business consulting firms, working with top executives to help them make better decisions, convert those decisions to actions, and deliver the sustainable success they desire. They advise global leaders on their most critical issues and opportunities: strategy, marketing, organization, operations, technology and mergers & acquisitions, across all industries and geographies.

Pharez Whitted


Pharez Whitted has been the catalyst for many of the young cats now rising up on the Jazz Scene. He has a sincere concern for the Next Generations of Jazz Musicians and a commitment to insuring they are provided the adequate training to do so. He has taught at prestigious colleges and universities such as Wabash College, The Ohio State University and most recently Chicago State University. He is currently the Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO)Jazz Orchestra. Whitted has performed with such notable musicians such as Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Elvin Jones, Kirk Whalum, John Mellencamp, Nancy Wilson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chaka Khan and Slide Hampton. Pharez is a performer, educator, composer, producer, clinician and was nominated for Independent Jazz Artist of the year in 2011. Pharez was named Chicagoan of the Year in Jazz for 2016 and inducted into the Shortridge High School Hall of Fame 2017. He is the coordinator of the Chicago division of the JALC Jazz in Schools program.

Voting will remain open until Midnight EDT June 15, 2018

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