Larry Rosen
Music Entrepreneur/Creator/Producer
Larry Rosen: musician, producer, executive producer, and music industry entrepreneur. Mr. Rosen is the Chairman of Larry Rosen Productions, Inc., creator and producer of JAZZ ROOTS - A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, co-founder of GRP Records, co-founder of LRSmedia, and co-founder and past Chairman of N2K, Inc. (NASDAQ). Mr. Rosen is the creator and producer of the PBS television series LEGENDS OF JAZZ, and is the creator and producer of multi-media TV series and performance project: RECORDING: The History of Recorded Music, with hosts Quincy Jones and Phil Ramone.

Mr. Rosen is the producer/executive producer of over 350 albums, of which 80 have been nominated for GRAMMY Awards, winning 33 GRAMMYS, as well as numerous award winning film/video productions and television specials. Mr. Rosen and multi-GRAMMY and Academy Award winning pianist/composer Dave Grusin co-founded GRP Records, the award winning contemporary jazz label featuring major artists, Chick Corea, Diana Krall, Patti Austin, BB King, Dave Grusin, Ramsey Lewis, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, Michael Brecker, Dr. John, Kevin Eubanks, Spyro Gyra, Lee Ritenour, Gary Burton, Dave Valentin, John Patitucci, Larry Carlton, David Benoit, Tom Scott, Gerry Mulligan, The GRP All-Star Big Band, Yellowjackets, Rippingtons, among others. GRP Records, known as “The Digital Master Company” was the first non-classical company in America to release CDs, and was instrumental in the launching of the CD format. See www.larryrosen.com

JAZZ ROOTS - A Larry Rosen Jazz Series is a concert and educational program created for performing arts centers across America. The JAZZ ROOTS series was first launched in 2008 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Subsequently, the series debuted in 2009 in Dallas at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and in 2011 at the Palladium Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. In 2012 JAZZ ROOTS began presenting the series in The Smith Center in Las Vegas, The Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta, and NJPAC in Newark, NJ. Rosen is also the producer of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the SASSY AWARDS. Artists presented on JAZZ ROOTS concerts included: Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Paquito D’Rivera, John McLaughlin, Patti Austin, Count Basie Orchestra, Ramsey Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Sergio Mendes, George Benson, Esperanza Spalding, Take 6, Michael Feinstein, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Valentin, Nestor Torres, Machito Orchestra, Eliane Elias, Ivan Lins, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Manhattan Transfer, Al Jarreau, Dave Sanborn, Jon Hendricks, Dave Grusin, Jon Secada, Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo and many more. The JAZZ ROOTS series includes educational and outreach programs that organically connect to local community groups, art centers, Universities, and local boards of education. Mr. Rosen is the host of the award winning WLRN-FM locally presented NPR radio series titled JAZZ ROOTS. See www.jazzroots.net.

Mr. Rosen received the Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in New Media and Entertainment, the GRAMMY Governor Honor Roll, he founded the Music For Youth Foundation in NYC, he served on the board of the NFAA Young Arts Organization, MENC, he serves on the board of the Dave Brubeck Institute, the Frost School of Music Steering Committee, and with Dave Grusin is the founder of the National Foundation for Jazz Education.

Carl Griffin
Music Executive / Series Line Producer
Carl Griffin is a senior entertainment and music executive with over 35 years of experience as an album producer, label head, and A&R director. Carl is a three-time Grammy Award-winning producer for Arturo Sandoval's "Rumba Palace," B.B. King's "Live at the Apollo," and Arturo Sandoval's "Hot House." He has a proven track record in sales, marketing, and profitability, and has been responsible for six #1 singles on smooth jazz radio.

He signed or produced numerous outstanding new jazz artists, including Diane Krall, Jane Monheit, Arturo Sandoval, Ramsey Lewis, Jonathan Butler, Ronnie Dunn, and Evelyn Champagne King. As director for East Coast Music Operations, Jobette Music/Motown Records, he was actively involved in the artistic activities of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and David Ruffin.

Courtney A. Reed
Director of Education & Community Outreach Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation
Courtney Reed joined the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on January 3, 2011, as the new Director of Education and Community Outreach. Courtney is an experienced arts and education program director with an extensive background in communication/media management, television production, and theatre/entertainment performance. Courtney is from Charlotte, NC, and Birmingham, AL. She received her BA from The University of Alabama in broadcast journalism and theatre, completed New York University’s musical theatre conservatory, Collaborative Arts Project 21, and received her MA in Communication Management and MAE in Secondary Education, English Language Arts from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a certified English Language Arts and Fine Arts educator in Georgia and Alabama.

Courtney began her career in 1997 as an NBC Page (New York, NY), and later served as the Executive and Personal Assistant to NBC TODAY co-anchor, Katie Couric. During her tenure at NBC, Courtney worked in production and talent/media relations for TODAY, Later TODAY, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Saturday Night Live, Late Night, Dateline NBC, Nightly News, and various NBC Specials. In 2002, Courtney returned to Birmingham, AL, where she joined the corporate communication team at AmSouth Bank, and managed marketing for Southern Accents Magazine. In 2008, Courtney joined Red Mountain Theatre Company as Managing Director.

Courtney’s passion for fine arts and education is abundant throughout her career. She performs, directs, and choreographs educational, community, and professional theatre. Her commercial and character voice(s) can be heard on national and local commercials. As an arts-in-education advocate, Courtney has volunteered and chaired committees for non-profit and fine arts organizations in New York, Alabama, and Atlanta.

Dr. Bobbie Bailey
Dr. Bobbie Bailey – noted philanthropist, businesswoman, board member, and executive producer – is a pioneer and icon of the Atlanta community. Her life represents one of the unique and unparalleled success, generosity, sincerity, and diversity. Her impact on Georgia can be felt in multiple ways in multiple sectors: among patients in need of healing, children in need of homes, organizations in need of endowments, universities in need of scholarships, and so much more. Dr. Bailey has graced our community with her commitment, determination, and generosity for more than six decades.

Born in Roanoke, Alabama, as the third of eight children, Dr. Bailey began tuning race cars when she was twelve years old, an interest that would lead her to discover her gift for mechanics. During World War II, she began working for a company that refabricated refrigeration compressors, ultimately leading her to start and run her own company – Our Way, Inc. – in 1960, where she would serves as sole owner and CEO for more than 50 years. Her company grew steadily over the years, bringing in more than $45 million in sales per year and topping 350 employees. In 1983, Our-Way, Inc. was recognized by Business Atlanta as one of the “Top 100 Companies” in the area. In 1987, she started three new businesses: Entertainment Resources Services (a mail order distribution company), Bailey Design Company (a residential construction company), and Southernaire Realty Company (a real estate holding company). Her interests go well beyond her long track record of success in starting and running businesses.

Dr. Bailey is an avid music lover. She became a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in 1972. In addition, she has produced records on her own labels (RX-Melody and Southernaire) and continues to serve as President of the Friends of Georgia Music Festival, Inc., and Executive Producer of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards show. She herself was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame in 2007. In addition, Dr. Bailey has generously supported music education throughout the city through the establishment of music scholarships at Kennesaw State and Georgia State Universities, and in endowing the 624 seat Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center at Kennesaw State. In 2007, her continuing generosity allowed KSU’s School of music to earn the designation an All-Steinway School.

Dr. Bailey is an enthusiastic sports fan and avid supporter of women’s athletics. Beyond years of sponsoring a fast pitch women’s softball team that won multiple national championships, she has been a generous supporter of women’s athletic scholarships at Kennesaw State University, ultimately endowing The Bobbie Bailey Athletic Complex. In 2005, she was inducted into the KSU Athletic hall of Fame. Her dedication to community includes the support of her community hospital, DeKalb Medical, where she has funded several major projects for the purchase of state-of-the-art medical equipment. Her generous donations were recognized by the naming of the diagnostic imaging center for Dr. Bailey and her sister, Audrey B Morgan, and the Dr. Bobbie Bailey Tower which houses the surgery and women’s center.

Dr. James H. Patterson

 

Mr. James H. Patterson received the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Clark College, now Clark Atlanta University (CAU), and the Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. Patterson is a music educator, arranger, composer, conductor, and performer. He is an associate professor of music at CAU. James has performed as an extra, and substitute player with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO). Mr. Patterson auditioned as assistant conductor with the ASO, played with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, and, played and recorded with numerous artists and groups. Patterson has his own Jazztet, and has performed with Lionel Hampton, Duke Pearson, the Cab Callaway Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Faddis, Lalo Schifrin, and Ray Charles and the Motown Band.

Mr. Patterson is a lifetime member of Local #148-462 and a longtime member of the executive board of the Atlanta Federation of Musicians (AFM) and Vice President. He is also a lifetime member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy Awards). Patterson is the appointed delegate from Local #148-462 to the Atlanta/North Georgia Labor Council.

Felicia Jeter

 

 

 

Felicia Jeter is Executive Director of Felicia Jeter & Associates communication consultants. The trailblazing veteran broadcast journalist is a retired network news anchorwoman, correspondent and program host for CBS, NBC, PBS and CNN, syndicated radio host, jazz deejay, performer, emcee, facilitator, voice over artist, writer, and producer. Felicia is a Founder of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and a Founding Contributor and writer for Black Radio Exclusive magazine.

Glynis Ramos-Mitchell
Glynis Ramos-Mitchell is an avid jazz aficionado, collector and educator who holds that Jazz is America’s freest and most original art form: born from a mix of African and European music traditions. She says, “In the diversity of Jazz’s multicultural traditions, students from all backgrounds can claim ownership in this wonderful musical expression.“ Glynis strongly believes music is the true universal language that is essential to everyone’s life. She is passionate about music’s being a powerful educational tool that inspires children to better understand themselves, each other, and the world, in so doing they become productive, successful and creative citizens. She works extensively with educators of all disciplines helping them to design exciting curriculum that incorporates music into their classrooms.

Glynis is a Foreign Languages Programs Specialist in the Cobb County School District’s International Welcome Center and the Performance Learning Center. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, she attended Middlebury College, graduating with a BA in Spanish and German, and attended La Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, graduating with a Master degree in Spanish Language and Cultures. She is fluent in English, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Kriolo, Spanish, German and French. Glynis is a long-time member of WCLK-FM, Atlanta’s “Jazz of the City”, The Cobb County School District’s Human Growth and Development Committee, The Foreign Language Association of Georgia, The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and The Georgia Commission on Interpreters. Also, she is a mentor for The Atlanta 21st Century Scholars and is the President of the Cape Verdeans of Atlanta.

Jay Edwards

 

 

 

 

Jay Edwards is the on air host of Jazztones on WCLK 91.9 FM., lecturer at Georgia Tech, and national consultant to the Jazz Education Network. He has over 25 years of experience promoting jazz in Atlanta.

Joel A. Katz
Chairman of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Entertainment, Media & Sports Practice Founding Shareholder and Co-Managing Shareholder Emeritus, Atlanta Office of Greenberg Traurig LLP
Joel A. Katz is considered to be a definitive leader in the field of entertainment law. More than 30 years ago, he founded Katz, Smith & Cohen, which became one of the nation’s largest entertainment law firms.

In 1998, Katz caught the attention of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, and merged his practice with them. He is now global chair of the firm’s international media and entertainment practice, regarded as the world’s largest entertainment law practice with shareholders in nine cities, and co-managing shareholder emeritus of the Atlanta office. Katz also serves as a Music Industry Representative for the State of Georgia Film, Video and Music Advisory Commission, appointed by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue during 2004.

Katz started his law practice in 1971 with his first client, James Brown. Katz later began representing B.B. King and Willie Nelson, who remains a client of more than three decades. The firm’s client roster grew to include more than 50 of the top entertainers, among them Gary Allan, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Sammy Hagar, Alan Jackson, Michael Jackson/the estate of Michael Jackson, the estate of Whitney Houston, Justin Timberlake, Pitbull, Julio Iglesias, Renée Fleming, Kris Kristofferson, Brad Paisley, George Strait, and James Taylor.

The firm and Katz’s corporate client list includes some of the most recognized brands in the world, such as The Coca-Cola Company, Dick Clark Productions, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), The Gospel Music Channel, Billboard, Legendary Pictures, TouchTunes, Mena-Gulf Investments, AFLAC, Phillips de Pury, The Recording Academy, The Country Music Association, The Gospel Music Association, the Latin Recording Academy, Blackground Records, MELT Atlanta, International Speakers Bureau, Talenthouse, the TONY Awards, Kiz Toys Inc., Upfront Megatainment, Parasongs and BMG Rights Management GmbH.

Katz is general counsel for The Recording Academy and formerly served as the organization’s chairman. In 2008, he was appointed to the initial board of directors for the GRAMMY Museum opening in downtown Los Angeles. He is former vice chairman of the Gibson Foundation, the Gibson Guitar Corporation, and Baldwin Piano Corp. Katz was the founding chairman of The Recording Academy's Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI), for which he earned the ELI Service Award from the GRAMMY Foundation in 2010 for his years of contributions to the initiative; Katz is former chairman of the board of advisors for America’s Junior Miss; special counsel to the County Music Association and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; general counsel and member of the board of directors of Farm Aid Inc.; a Southern Region board member of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia Research, Cancer and AIDS Research, and on the board of directors for Kiz Toys, Inc., and for Digital College Network. Katz is also a board member of The Yellowstone Club, TouchTunes Inc., the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, and Very Special Arts; he is on the board of governors of The Buckhead Club, and on the advisory council of the Otis Redding Big "O" Youth Educational Dream Foundation; in 2009 he joined the board of Charity Partners LLC.

Katz was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame as the first and only attorney ever to hold that honor. In 2002, Katz received the “Heroes Award” from the Atlanta chapter of The Recording Academy. He received the 2003 Spirit of Music Award presented by the UJA-Federation of New York.

In November 2011, U.S. News – Best Lawyers designated Greenberg Traurig “Law Firm of the Year” Entertainment-Music in the publication’s debut ranking for music law. Katz and members of his team earned individual accolades including Katz’s designation as Best Lawyers’ 2012 Atlanta Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures & Television Lawyer of the Year. The firm’s Katz-led practice was also recognized as being “Top Listed” for number of lawyers included in the directory nationally in the U.S. in the Entertainment Law - Music and in Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures & Television categories. State and local rankings for the practice included being top listed in Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures & Television for Georgia as well as in Atlanta, Miami, and in Santa Monica, Calif.; in Entertainment Law - Music in Georgia, Atlanta and Santa Monica; and in Media Law in Santa Monica.

Georgia Trend magazine named Katz among the 100 Most Influential Georgians, and Lawdragon Magazine named him among the inaugural “Lawdragon 500” Leading Lawyers in America. In 2009, Georgia Trend magazine named Katz among “Georgia’s Legal Elite” and Benchmark Litigation Guide selected Katz for its list of “Litigation Stars” in Georgia.

Katz was also recognized in 2007 as the Outstanding Georgia Citizen, awarded by the Secretary of the State of Georgia. During 2008, Georgia Gov. Purdue honored Katz by naming a portion of Northside Parkway in Atlanta as “Joel Katz Parkway” in recognition of Katz’s many contributions to the State of Georgia. In December 2009, Katz received the inaugural Middelthon-Candler Millennium Gate Prize from The National Monuments Foundation and The Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta. In December 2010, the Atlanta region of ORT America presented Katz the organization’s Commitment to Education Award honoring Katz’s longstanding support of universities in Georgia, Tennessee and New York and other education initiatives. In February 2012, Katz was named to “The Power 100” in Billboard Magazine.

In June 2010, Katz donated an undisclosed sum to northwest Atlanta-based Kennesaw State University to launch an Entertainment and Music Management Certificate Program during fall 2010. Katz is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Georgia, and he is a member of the Georgia, Tennessee, American and Atlanta Bar Associations.

Lisa Love

 

Lisa Love serves as the Director of Music Marketing and Development for the Georgia’s Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office, which is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. As founding editor of Georgia Music magazine, she’s oversees the quarterly publication celebrating state’s legends, landmarks and unsung heroes. Lisa spent 11 years with the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon and continues to support music preservation and outreach programs in the state as chair of the Georgia Music Foundation. She has contributed articles about Georgia music to various publications and organized exhibitions including Gram Parsons: Keeps Calling Me Home and Otis Redding: I’ve Got Dreams to Remember, which was named Museum Exhibition of the Year by the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries in 2008.

Melissa T. Arasi, Ph.D.
Supervisor of Performing Arts/Cobb County School District
Melissa Arasi is the Supervisor of Performing Arts: K-12 General/Choral Music, Theatre, & Dance for the Cobb County School District, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. A native of the Atlanta area, Dr. Arasi received her Bachelors of Music Education from Shorter College, and a Masters and Doctorate in Choral Music Education from Georgia State University. Prior to her supervisory role, Dr. Arasi was the Director of Choral Activities at George Walton High school in Cobb County, taught private voice lessons, and served as conductor of several area church children’s choirs. Dr. Arasi also served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology where she founded and conducted the Women’s Choir.

Dr. Arasi was a member of the prestigious Atlanta Symphony Orchestra chorus under the direction of Robert Shaw for five seasons. Choirs under her direction have performed nationally and internationally including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Paris, Montreal, Quebec City, Venice, Florence, Rome, Vienna, Budapest, and Prague. Having experience and expertise with all ages, Melissa frequently serves as a guest clinician, conductor, and adjudicator for all levels of choral ensembles throughout the southeast.

Additionally, Melissa serves as a member of numerous arts organization education boards including, Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theater, Spivey Hall, and Cobb Energy Centre for the Performing Arts.

Michael S. Taormina, CFE
Managing Director, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Michael S. Taormina, CFE, is a venue management professional with over 38 years of experience operating major performing arts facilities, including the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas, Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, New Orleans Cultural Center, and New Orleans Theatre of the Performing Arts.

As Managing Director of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Taormina’s responsibilities include promotions, artistic programming and day-to-day operations.

Taormina is past Chair of the International Association of Venue Managers Foundation. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition, the Board of Directors of the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh, and on various committees at Carnegie Mellon University and the Vira Heinz Endowment.

Taormina is a native of New Orleans. He earned the BA degree in speech from Southeastern Louisiana University and did graduate study in dramatic arts at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Richard Dent

 

Richard A. Dent is semi-retired and operating his own commercial real estate management and leasing company, Dent Realty. Prior to that he was a partner and president of HTGroup, LLC. a commercial real estate management and leasing firm located in Atlanta, GA. Richard is a graduate of Tennessee State University and Clark Atlanta University Graduate School of Business MBA program.

Richard has been a stanch supporter of WCLK 91.9, Jazz of the City, since its beginning in 1974. In addition, he serves on WCLK Advisory Board since its inception. Richard is also a patron of the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF). He has served on many Boards throughout his career.

Tom Rowland

 

 

Tom Rowland is the Director of Marketing at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and oversees the Jazz Roots program in Atlanta. With over 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations, sponsorships and promotions, Tom handles these responsibilities for the Centre. Previous experience includes work at Zoo Atlanta, High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is a long time jazz fan with interests in all formats.