Meet our Team

We’re a small, diverse group of people who share a passion for jazz and community.
Brendan Rawson Executive Director
South Bay native Brendan Rawson has worked in the local arts scene for more than twentyyears.Since joining SJZ in 2012, Brendan has worked to increase the impact of our education programs, and conceived many of our most successful initiatives including our Jazz Beyond programming and mobile Boombox Truck stage.
Bruce Labadie Festival & Artistic Director
Bruce Labadie has been involved with San Jose Jazz for three decades. SJZ was just three years old when Bruce co-founded our celebrated Summer Fest in 1990. Under Bruce’s artistic leadership, the festival has grown from just one stage to a 3-day, 12-stage extravaganza known internationally for its diversity and quality.
Wally Schnalle Director, Summer Jazz Camp
Wally Schnalle joined us as Summer Jazz Camp Director in 2014, but his history with San Jose Jazz as a teacher and performer go back much further. A highly respected drummer, composer and educator, Wally leads three ensembles including our SJZ Collective, which he helped form in 2018.
Dr. Aaron Lington Director, High School All Stars
Grammy Award winning baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington has been the director of our High School All Stars program since 2011. The Jazz Studies Program director at San Jose State University, Aaron is a well-known educator, composer and performer, with seven albums as a bandleader to his credit.
Vera Gert Director of Finance
Hugo Garcia Progressions Program Director
Massimo Chisessi Marketing Director
Scott Fulton Special Projects Manager
Kelly Quinlan Marketing Associate
Misa Wong Supporter Program Manager

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