People/Contact Us


For general inquiries, you can reach us at:

Detroit Jazz Festival
19900 Harper Avenue
Harper Woods, MI 48225
Phone: 313.447.1248
Fax: 313.447.1249

Artistic Director

  • Christopher B. Collins
  • Chelsea Hallendy, Assistant

Executive Office

  • Cornell Batie, Exec. VP & COO
  • Toni Gibson, Administrative Assistant


  • Ayanna Smith, Chief Financial Officer

Operations and Administration

  • Sam Fotias, Operations Manager
  • Steve Wildern, Operations Coordinator
  • Dana Boyette, Managing Director

Marketing and Publicity

  • Dr. Jazz, Radio Publicist
  • Don Lucoff, National Publicist
  • Tony Michaels, Brand/Profile Consultant
  • Steve Blow, Public Relations and Media
  • Kaye Riggs, Marketing Coordinator

Development, Corporate Partnerships & Vendors

  • Tavi Fulkerson, Fulkerson Group
  • Sarah Swanson, Fulkerson Group
  • Alex Doherty, Fulkerson Group
  • Tara Adams, Membership
  • Tiffany Hilson, Grants
  • Beverly Maddox, Events Manager
  • Annick Busch, Events Coordinator
  • Stewart Davidson, Food Vendors


  • Dave Bartlebaugh, Aerial Enterprises
  • Darry Dusbiber

Artist Relations

  • Terri Koggenhop, Manager
  • Mary Mahoney, Transportation

Outreach and Education

  • Chuck Newsome

Business / Volunteers

  • Shirley Cooper, Manager


  • Skidmore Studio
  • Dave Houle (Program)
  • Antonio Manzari (Website)

Website / Data Systems

  • Jason Clark
  • DeAndre Elliot


  • Robert Stanzler, Detroit Manufacturing

Jazz Historians / Talk Tent Coordinators

  • Jim Gallert
  • Lars Bjorn

In memory of the late Robert McCabe, Detroit Jazz Festival founder, and original member of Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation and Board of Trustees.

Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation Board of Directors

  • Gretchen Valade, Chair
  • Thomas Robinson, President
  • David Sutherland, Secretary
  • Sharon Banks
  • Cornell Batie
  • Christopher B. Collins
  • Elizabeth Berry
  • Stephanie Marotta


  • Sharon Banks, Chair
    Bankable Marketing Strategies
  • Stanley M. Berry, M.D.
    Meridian Health Plan
  • Janice Cosby Bridges
    St. John-Ascension Health Michigan
  • Elizabeth Brooks
    Arts, Culture and Education Philanthropy Volunteer
  • Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr.
    Detroit Future City
  • Kevin K. Gaines
    University of Michigan
  • Karla Hall
    DTE Energy
  • George Hill, Chair Emeritus (2005-2010)
    Diversified Chemical Technologies, Inc.
  • Nina Holden
    College for Creative Studies
  • F. Thomas Lewand
    Mayor Mike Duggan
  • Judge Claudia House Morcom
    Retired Judge
  • Thomas Robinson
    Mack Avenue Records
  • Gerald Smith
  • Jason E. Tinsley
    JP Morgan Chase
  • Samuel Thomas
    Star Development Financial Corp.
  • Dave Usher
    Marine Pollution Controls, Inc.
  • Mark Valade
  • Gretchen Valade
    Mack Avenue Records & Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation
  • William Patrick Young
Gretchen Valade