THE GIFT of JAZZ is a Colorado 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization established in 1995.
Executive Board of Directors
The Executive Board of Directors for The Gift of Jazz is responsible for setting policy for the organization, and assumes the fiscal and fiduciary responsibility for the financial health of The Gift of Jazz.
David Froman – President/Executive Director
Serving on the Board since March of 2008, David brings a diverse business and music background to the Gift of Jazz board. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the music business, playing professionally for the past twenty-five years in addition to various stints as a jazz festival producer, jazz critic and radio personality. He founded, and for ten years, operated a successful Internet marketing company – and has presided over other Colorado non-profit boards.
Kay Ueno – Vice President/Program Director
Kay’s background includes work during the past 22 years as a developmental editor/manager on university level textbooks in the sciences, and in economics & finance. Prior to retirement in mid-2007, Kay was serving as Director of Development at Pearson Education, Inc., in both their San Francisco and Boston offices. Her expertise as an editor and manager, and the necessarily related experience in the marketing aspects of publishing, lends itself to her current role in the Gift of Jazz. A past student of jazz piano at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Kay currently lives and studies jazz piano and composition/arranging in Denver.
Josh Quinlan – Director of Education
Josh is a saxophonist, composer, and educator who holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado, and is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (BM) and DePaul University (MMA). Josh is currently an Instructor of Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado, and a music faculty member at Denver School of the Arts, Director of the Dazzle Recordings label, and Co-Director of the Telluride Jazz Celebration Educational Program. In addition, he has conducted master classes and residencies at institutions including the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, National University of Costa Rica, Minnesota State University, the National Institute of Music (Costa Rica), Hope College, University of Colorado and Shepherdstown University. Josh most recently performed on tour throughout the US, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Panama and more. In addition, he has conducted master classes and residencies at institutions including the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, National University of Costa Rica, Minnesota State University, the National Institute of Music (Costa Rica), Hope College, University of Colorado and Shepherdstown University. We feel extremely fortunate to have this wealth of experience heading up our educational programs.
Robert Karow – Treasurer/ Finance Director
Robert is responsible for attending, recording, and transcribing all Board Meetings, in addition to preparing correspondence for The Gift of Jazz organization as requested. Growing up in southeastern Minnesota, where his musical education began in grade school and continued through junior college, Robert played snare drum, timpani, and drum set. He moved to Denver in 1963, and his association with music was limited primarily to radio, stereo, TV, and Drums Along the Rockies. Upon retiring from legal administration, however, he followed up on his 35- year interest in the vibraphone (listening primarily to the George Shearing Quintet) by acquiring a used vibraphone and beginning lessons. He now heads his own group, The Polite Jazz Quartet. Robert believes he is a prime example of the opportunities music provides individuals of all ages, whether performing, teaching, or just listening, and generously devotes his time to The Gift of Jazz because its guiding philosophy reflects his own.
Howard Slavin, Fundraising Coordinator/Director of Development
Forty-Five years ago Howard Slavin was working his way through school playing Rock and Roll on the East-Coast college circuit with his band “Captain Jet and the Amazing Electric Space Commandoes”. While he ultimately chose a legal and judicial career he never lost his love for creating and performing music. Howard completed two professional certificates in Jazz Composition and Jazz Arranging from the Berklee College of Music and particularly enjoys writing and performing “Big Band” music. He was originally drawn to the Gift of Jazz organization through its adult education composition classes. Now retired, Howard sees his support of the goals of the Gift of Jazz as an opportunity to foster the love of music, and jazz in particular, throughout the stream of culture in Colorado. He thinks his skill-set can assist in the “nuts and bolts” operation of the Organization, and firmly believes that the love and support of Art and Music strengthens our society and is an essential element of a life well lived.
Kenneth D. Taylor – Secretary
Ken has recently joined the Board having been a jazz enthusiast since adolescence and has enjoyed many concerts and jazz festivals over the years. While a student at the University of Connecticut he hosted a weekly jazz radio program at WHUS. A semi-retired biomedical and electrical engineer, he has served on a number of non-profit boards including Historic Denver, Rose Biomedical Foundation, James P. Beckwourth Mountain Club, and Slippers-N-Sliders Ski Club.
Board Members at Large
Frank Nichols – Director at Large/Video Coordinator for GOJ programs and events
Serving on the Board since January of 2013, Frank has a long history of music appreciation. When he was six, his parents bought a piano for his older sister to learn to play. But after a few months, she lost interest and Frank begged his parents for lessons. He went on to study classical piano for ten years. But he soon became interested in jazz and has followed that interest throughout his life. After obtaining a degree in electrical engineering and working in industry for 20 years, he and his wife Kay made a major career change and started producing travel documentary films. Frank did all the filming while Kay wrote the narratives, all the time pursuing their common interest in jazz. Today he is involved in audio and video production.
Jan White – Director at Large
Jan joined the Gift of Jazz Board in 2015. She is originally from Bethlehem, PA where her love of music started early. A graduate of Colorado State University’s Clothing and Textile program Jan, owner of JM Designs, is a designer, custom clothing/dressmaker and popular sewing instructor. She resides in the Denver area with her well-known Great Pyrenees rescue dog “Basie.” She has two adult children and a grandchild. During her free time she enjoys traveling, camping, hiking and is an avid cyclist finishing multiple Colorado Triple Bypass Rides.
Kelly Long – Director at Large/Adviser/Education and the arts
An Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and with over 33 years of teaching experience, Kelly teaches history at the university level and previously taught humanities, language arts, and theater at the high school level. She specializes in American cultural and intellectual history, and history education. Kelly regularly conducts professional development institutes and workshops for teachers. A deep commitment to public education and the arts informs Kelly’s work with the Gift of Jazz. A life-long resident of the Front Range area of Colorado, she is dedicated to educational outreach that connects students and with teachers with jazz.
Ned Avery – Director at Large/Blind Tiger Coordinator
A music educator with 21 years of directing school bands, Ned’s formal education includes degrees in music from UNC, WWU and UNT. Semi-retired, he remains active as a part-time instructor. Ned also conducts, and plays the trumpet with both the Rocky Mountain Brassworks and the Thornton Community Band, while also serving on both non-profit boards of same. Ned joined The Gift of Jazz board in 2010, and continues to lend both his experience as an educator and musician to serve the interests of jazz music and musicians in the Denver community.
Greg Tanner Harris – Director at Large
Multi-Instrumentalist Greg Tanner Harris leads the “Greg Harris Vibe Quintet,” and is a member of Bluegrass legend Pete Wernick’s Flexigrass, hip-hop/jazz/soul group Future Jazz Project, New World Citizen Band, 9th & Lincoln Orchestra, and SuperCollider. Among his work as a studio musician, he has released 5 albums- Greg Harris Vibe Quintet “Open Space,” “Frames Live,” Prospector “Memory of Pilots” featuring trumpeter Ron Miles, and “World Citizen” with West African master xylophonist Aaron Bebe Sukura. The Greg Harris Vibe Quintet’s album ‘Glass Gold’ was recently released on Dazzle Records.
Greg is currently working on his D.M.A. in Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he also received his M.M. in Music Performance, Percussion. He also holds Music Education and Music Performance Bachelor of Arts degrees from Fort Lewis College. Greg is a private instructor, high school teacher, and freelance musician in the Denver/Boulder area and has performed nationally and internationally. Greg teaches Ethnomusicology, music theory, and as a Practicing Artist at the Denver School of the Arts.
Jim Montague – Director at Large
Jim is relatively new to Denver and joined The Gift of Jazz Board in 2014. Jim is currently a Senior Vice President and the Personal Trust Market Manager with Colorado State Bank and Trust. Prior to coming to Denver, Jim managed the trust department at Bank of Arizona in Scottsdale, was a Trust Officer with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, and practiced law in Chicago. Jim’s musical life started when he first picked up a saxophone as a senior in high school, and he went on to attend Berklee College of Music for two years where he studied with tenor great George Garazone. Returning to his native Chicago, Jim received his Bachelor of Music Education, Jazz Studies, from The Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University. During that time, Jim studied with legendary Chicago musician and teacher, Joe Daley, performed regularly, and taught saxophone at the Bloom School of Jazz. After music school, Jim did graduate studies at The Institute of Design in Chicago where he headed a 35-person team hired by NASA to work on the logistics system for the International Space Station. Jim then went on to study Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, in 1995. Though time does not allow him to continue the active study music, Jim’s involvement in The Gift of Jazz is proving to be a rewarding way to keep his love of Jazz very much alive and to help share that love with others.
Jerry Fredericks – Founder
The Gift of Jazz organization was the inspiration of Jerry, who was dedicated to keeping the spirit and the benefits of jazz alive for both local musicians and jazz enthusiasts in the surrounding community. While she no longer lives in the Denver community and has gone on to other endeavors, the Board remains committed to keeping her goals and spirit alive and flourishing.