Karen A. Chandler, Ph.D.Director and Associate Professor of Arts Management, School of the Arts, College of Charleston (CJI Founder and Co-Principal)

The Late Jack McCray (1947-2011)

Jazz Journalist; former Jazz and Features Writer and Copy Editor with Charleston’s Post and Courier; native Charlestonian (CJI Founder and Co-Principal)

Tony Bell

CEO, Bell Digital Media, Charleston (CJI Videographer Photographer)

Quentin Baxter

Professional Jazz Drummer and Recording Artist; Adjunct Professor of Jazz Percussion, Department of Music, College of Charleston (CJI Resident Musical Director)

The Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI) Circle is a “network” of local, national and international colleagues and advisors who help “connect” CJI principals and project staff to research, oral history interviewees, archival collections, public programming, original and creative work, and marketing and fundraising sources.


Joseph P. Riley, Mayor, City of Charleston


Jeffrey Green

Historian; Biographer of Edmund Thornton Jenkins; West Sussex, England

Wolfram Knauer

Director, Jazz-Institut, Darmstadt, Germany

Dan Morgenstern

Director Emeritus, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University

Larry Ridley

Bassist; Executive Director, African American Jazz Caucus

A.B. Spellman

Poet, Critic and Author; Former Deputy Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts; Washington, DC

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