The Pacific Northwest Jazz Alliance was formed in August, 1992, by Bellingham area jazz producers David Keller and Jud Sherwood, in order to bring regional and national jazz artists to Bellingham. In 1995, the PNJA incorporated as a non-profit organization in order to become eligible for city and arts grants, and selected a board of directors. Over the next several years, the PNJA brought dozens of notable performers to the area, including Steve Allen, Herb Ellis, Diana Krall, Poncho Sanchez, Dee Daniels, Buddy Collette, Buddy DeFranco, Leroy Vinnegar and Lionel Hampton and Maria Muldaur. In addition, PNJA engaged in a number of jazz-related charitable and educational endeavors in the community.
The Pacific Northwest Jazz Alliance focused heavily on bringing quality jazz entertainment to Bellingham while maintaining reasonable ticket prices. The organization obtained funding through corporate sponsorship, individual memberships, and grants, such as the Bellingham Motel and Hotel Tax Fund. After Jud Sherwood resigned from the board in 1997, and David Keller in 2001, Don Beasley served as president until the PNJA closed operations in 2005, due to increasing financial difficulties.
The Pacific Northwest Jazz Alliance records include correspondence, promotional materials, administrative records, programs and events, photographs documenting the scheduling and promotion of regional performances by local and national jazz musicians and groups.
The Pacific Northwest Jazz Alliance Records provide a thorough documentation of the organization’s entire history, from its inception in August 1992, through its non-profit incorporation in 1995, to its dissolution in 2005.
The PNJA records contain detailed administrative records, including meeting minutes, articles of incorporation and 501-C3 documentation, and strategic planning documents. Financial records provide a thorough documentation of the PNJA’s income and expenditures, grants, advertising, fundraising activities, and corporate sponsorship. The activities and events series documents most of the artists brought to Bellingham by the PNJA, as well as special events such as the Jazz Literature series and the PNJA Jazz Film series. The records for individual artists include biographies, promotional materials, photographs, and performance information such as contracts. PNJA Educational and charitable activities are also documented, including the Western Washington University Jazz Symposium with Buddy Collette, and Whatcom County High School Jazz Clinics. Lastly, there is a collection of posters and fliers representing a large variety of PNJA-sponsored events.
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The collection is open to the public.Preferred Citation :
Pacific Northwest Jazz Alliance records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.
The Pacific Northwest Jazz Alliance records are organized in accordance with the following series and subseries arrangement:
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