Monterey Jazz Festival Names Chris Doss as Managing Director

January 3, 2011; Monterey, CA; The Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader in jazz education since its inception in 1958, is pleased to announce that Chris Doss has been named as the Festival’s Managing Director.

Mr. Doss brings a wealth of music, arts, and entertainment industry experience to the Monterey Jazz Festival. As an administrator, he has managed multi-million dollar projects across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Recently, Mr. Doss served as Director of Marketing at AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, Texas, establishing the largest cultural arts project in the nation. He has also led North American Entertainment Relations initiatives for Gibson Guitar Corporation, marketing and publicity for Bill Graham Presents in the Pacific Northwest Region, and national promotion and marketing at Ticketmaster. As Marketing and Business Development Manager at Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington, Mr. Doss presided over the opening of Marion Oliver McCaw Hall and positioned KeyArena as the number one concert venue on the West Coast.

Mr. Doss will direct the day-to-day operations of the Monterey Jazz Festival and will work with the Board of Directors and the Artistic Director to determine the overall strategic direction of the organization.

A year-long search for the Managing Director position had been undertaken by the Monterey Jazz Festival staff and Board of Directors. The artistic direction of the Monterey Jazz Festival will continue to be under the leadership of Tim Jackson. “I look forward to a productive, collaborative relationship with Chris that will move the Monterey Jazz Festival forward in a positive direction for the future,” said Mr. Jackson.

At the Board’s unanimous selection of Mr. Doss as the Festival’s new Managing Director, Board President Jackson Booth noted that through its 53-year history, the Monterey Jazz Festival has been blessed with the wisdom and leadership of Founder Jimmy Lyons and General Manager Tim Jackson. Booth shared with the Board, “Jimmy and Tim made the Monterey Jazz Festival an international icon of excellence in both music performance and music education and we all look forward to Mr. Doss continuing that success well into the future.”

“I am honored to join the Monterey Jazz Festival and look forward to working with the Board of Directors, Artistic Director Tim Jackson, and each member of the team to build upon the performance and educational foundation of the institution,” Mr. Doss said.

Mr. Doss is also a musician, and is a 1993 graduate of the University of North Texas in Denton, with a B.A. in Music and Business Administration.

About the Monterey Jazz Festival and its Jazz Education Programs

The Monterey Jazz Festival is dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American form of music known as jazz by producing performances that celebrate the legacy and expand the boundaries of jazz; and by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international jazz education programs. The Monterey Jazz Festival is a nonprofit organization and has donated its proceeds to musical education since its inception in 1958.


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Timothy Orr,
Marketing Associate
Monterey Jazz Festival
Direct Line: 510-652-1122 / Monterey Phone: 831-373-3366