Monterey Jazz Festival Staff

Colleen Finegan Bailey, Managing Director
Tim Jackson, Artistic Director
Jan Stotzer, Administrative Coordinator

Bill Wagner, Production Manager
Alana Hill, Artist Services
Joel Wilmot, Production Stage Manager

Paul Contos, Education Director, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and Monterey County High School All-Star Band Director
ReNae Jackson, Education Coordinator
Dr. Rob Klevan, Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Middle School Honor Band Director

Elizabeth Welden-Smith, Director of Strategic Relations
Sarah Boos, Development and Marketing Coordinator

Timothy Orr, Marketing Associate and Media Relations
Phil Wellman, Wellman Advertising & Design

Dennis Broughton, Vendor and Facilities Coordinator

Don Cohen, Cohen & Company, Inc

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Ruth Mason, Ticketing Services Director


Colleen Bailey, Managing Director

A native of Salinas, Bailey has a long history of leadership in the nonprofit and education sectors. She was the Executive Director of the National Steinbeck Center from October 2009 through 2014, and previously, was the Steinbeck Center’s Director of Community Engagement and Learning and the Director of Communications for the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel. Named as the 2010 Newsmaker of the Year by the Salinas Californian, Bailey was also an arts educator and administrator in schools in Colorado, and Central and Southern California. Her numerous education awards include being named Who's Who Among American Teachers in 2000, and the 2007 National Society of High School Scholars Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction.

A graduate of the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Bailey attended the University of Southern California as an undergraduate, and earned her master’s degree in theater from Northwestern University in 2000. Bailey also attended Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where she completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Center for Social Innovation in 2011.

An active member in the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley communities, Bailey is a member of the Rotary Club of Salinas and The Alternative Board (TAB); and has served on the boards of the Rancho San Carlos Education Foundation, Sacred Heart School, Youth Orchestra of Salinas, the Non Profit Alliance of Monterey County, the Central Coast Tourism Council; the Salinas Valley Tourism and Visitors Bureau, and the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Paul Contos, Education Director

Since the 1970s, Paul Contos has been involved in jazz performance and education in the Monterey and San Francisco bay areas, and internationally. He has mentored and taught an impressive roster of musicians through his distinguished work for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s jazz education programs as saxophone clinician, director of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and Monterey County High School All-Stars. He has been an essential part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's jazz education programs since 1984, and is active as a saxophone clinician, educator, and performer at various educational festivals, clinics, concerts, and workshops in the U.S., Japan, and Brazil, has been the MJF’s Education Director since 2011.

Contos, a current faculty member at UC Santa Cruz, has additionally taught at Monterey Peninsula College, and, for 12 years, was at Cal State University Monterey Bay, where he developed the curriculum and pedagogy for the Music Recording/Technology Concentration.

He has received three performer grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has served as Artist-In-Residence for the California Arts Council. He conducts, performs, and adjudicates at college and high school jazz competitions internationally, including Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Festival. In September 2009, Contos was appointed as the Director of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra.

An inspiration and active in the formation of the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, Contos has played with many world-renowned jazz artists such as Mundell Lowe, Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove, Jon Hendricks, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Sheila Jordan, Ray Drummond, Eddie Marshall, Kenneth Nash, Vince Lateano, Madeline Eastman, Mark Levine, Rebeca Mauleón, Bruce Forman, Tee Carson, Dave Eshelman, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, the Heath Brothers, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, Regina Carter, Gary Burton, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, John Faddis, David “Fathead” Newman, and many others. He has recorded with Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine, John Patitucci, Richie Beirach, Alan Broadbent, Terence Blanchard, Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, John Abercrombie, and Alex Acuna.

ReNae Jackson, Education Coordinator

ReNae holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a Masters of Music in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As an educator, ReNae was a 15-year instrumental music director for middle and high school bands in Nebraska, and was the head camp counselor of the Rushmore National Music Camp. Her leadership positions for the South Dakota Music Educators Association include acting as Chair of the SDMEA, and oversight of the organization’s Middle School All-State Band from 2010-2013, in addition to chaperoning 150 high school students to Europe as part of the Mid-West Ambassadors of Music European Tour. 

Tim Jackson, Artistic Director

Born in San Jose, California, he acted as the General Manager of the Festival beginning in 1992, when he took over the duties of booking the legendary event from its retiring founder, Jimmy Lyons. A flautist since his teens, Jackson got his start in music production at age 19 at Half Moon Bay’s Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. He also co-founded and is Artistic Director of the nonprofit Kuumbwa Jazz, presenting live jazz and educational events in Santa Cruz, in 1975.

Credited with revitalizing and widening the Monterey Jazz Festival’s musical spectrum, expanding the educational components to new heights, Jackson returned to the artistic vision of the Festival’s early days by reinstating an Artist-In-Residence and commissioning program. Monterey has consistently been named one of the top three jazz festivals in world by readers of JazzTimes Magazine, winning the top spot in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, and 2014.

Projects under Jackson’s leadership include the restoration and digitization of the Festival’s extensive audio archive collection housed at Stanford University, and the establishment of Monterey Jazz Festival Records (in partnership with Concord Records) for the Festival’s 50th anniversary in 2007. The label won a GRAMMY in 2009 for their release Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival by the MJF/50 All-Stars, which featured Terence Blanchard (The Festival’s 2007 Artist-In-Residence), NEA Jazz Master James Moody, Nnenna Freelon, Benny Green, Kendrick Scott, and Derrick Hodge.

Jackson arranged a 10-week national tour of the Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars in 2008, which performed to over 44,000 fans in 52 cities in 22 states. In 2010, Jackson arranged for another “On Tour” group of All-Stars to represent the Festival, this time traveling through 33 U.S. cities in 17 states, and featured NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Russell Malone, and Kurt Elling, who performed for over 26,000 fans.

In 2013, Jackson was again Artistic Director for the Festival’s third national tour, the 55th Anniversary Celebration, featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Benny Green, Lewis Nash, Chris Potter, and Ambrose Akinmusire, performing 46 dates in 40 cities in 23 states and Canada.

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 2016 appeared at the 58th Monterey Jazz Festival and will hit the road from January 14 - March 13, 2016, performing 28 shows in 17 cities in 10 states, including a five-night run at Birdland in New York City. The band features critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY-winning jazz artists. The latest edition of the all-star tour band features Raul Midón, Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders, Gregory Hutchinson, and Kendrick Scott.

Other activities Jackson has brokered for MJF include several published books, including 1997’s Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years and 2007’s The Art of Jazz: Monterey Jazz Festival / 50 Years.

Dr. Rob Klevan, Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble
and Middle School Honor Band Director

A graduate summa cum laude from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, Robert B. Klevan pursued his post-graduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago, and at UOP where he received a Masters of Music Degree. In 1993, Dr. Klevan earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas in Austin.

For 27 years, Dr. Klevan served as Music Director and Director of Fine Arts at the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, and 16 years as Director of Bands at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Klevan is the Jazz Education Director Emeritus for the Monterey Jazz Festival and currently serves as Director of the High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble for the Monterey Jazz Festival; Jazz Studies Director for the York School; Director of the Pacific Grove Jazz Club Big Band; and Community Relations Specialist for CSU Summer Arts in residence at CSU Monterey Bay.

Dr. Klevan made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut with the UCSC Wind Ensemble in May, 2001, and returned for an encore performance with the ensemble in February, 2009. He is Past President of the California Orchestra Directors Association; a past member of the Board for the Central Coast Section of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA); Past President for CMEA; and Past Vice-President for the California Alliance for Jazz. He currently serves as a Board member for the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival and Ensemble Monterey, and as an Advisory Board member for Jazz Bash Monterey.

In 1992, Dr. Klevan was named CMEA-CCS Educator of the Year, and received the McNeely Award for Excellence in Teaching. Monterey Jazz Festival named Dr. Klevan the Jazz Educator of the Year for 2003-04. CMEA selected Dr. Klevan as the Jazz Educator of the Year for 2006-07. In the spring of 2009, Dr. Klevan received DownBeat Magazine’s Education Achievement Award. Dr. Klevan’s articles on music teaching have been published in JazzEd Magazine, The Jazz Education Journal, The Instrumentalist, CMEA Magazine, The Journal for Texas Music Education Research, Newsletter for the California Association of Independent Schools, the Monterey County Herald, and others.

Timothy Orr, Marketing Associate

Timothy joined the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2006, and specializes in marketing, public relations, and communications. He began playing the drums in 1976 at the age of eight. He studied with Edward Blackwell from 1985-89 at Wesleyan University, and in the early 90s, held positions in alternative radio promotion and classical marketing at Virgin Records, publicity at MCA, retail sales at HMV, and warehouse and operations management at TVT Records in New York City. From 1997-2002 he was with the Arkadia Jazz label as sales and marketing director, and was Associate Director of the Brubeck Institute at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. from 2003-2005. He has also been a journalist for DRUM! and Traps magazines from 1993-2008, and worked with Oakland's Jazz In Flight from 2002-2004.

Timothy has played with a number of musicians in many fields, including David Boyce, Joshua Allen, Marco Eneidi, John Finkbeiner, Richard Hell, Henry Hung, Randy Hunt, Henry Kaiser, Alex Kelly, Sung Kim, Adam Lane, Scott Looney, Lisa Mezzacappa, Rent Romus, Josh Roseman, Stephen Schwartz, Damon Smith, Aram Shelton, Joris Teepe, William Winant, and many others. Timothy has also played with San Francisco Bay Area Cajun, zydeco, and roots bands since 1992, including Kenny Menard, Motordude, Tete Rouge, Andre Thierry, the Zydeco Flames, Zydeco Slim, the Royal Deuces, the Bon Vivants, Mark St. Mary, Lil' Buck Sinegal, and many others. He has appeared on a number of CDs in a variety of genres, including recordings with the Equity and Social Justice Quartet, Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble, Jim Ryan's Forward Energy, the Cooke Quintet; and others.

Bill Wagner, Production Manager

Mr. Wagner began working with the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1999. Starting as an artist driver for MJF, Mr. Wagner became the Artist Transportation Manager in 2003. As Production Manager, Mr. Wagner oversees all aspects of coordinating the technical, transportation and hospitality needs of the 500-plus artists of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Born in Atherton, California and raised on the San Francisco Peninsula, Mr. Wagner is a graduate of the College of San Mateo with a degree in Electronics. He has been actively involved in music performance since an early age, and has studied several instruments and voice, with additional experience in Community Theater, lighting, sound, staging, and special effects. He has also worked at the San Jose and San Francisco jazz festivals in various positions and has acted as production manager for numerous California venues, including the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, and Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys. In 2005, he became a partner for the World Projects Corporation, producing and organizing national and international performance tours for student music programs, school bands, orchestras and choirs.

Elizabeth Welden-Smith, Director of Strategic Relations

Ms. Welden-Smith brings more than a decade of nonprofit administration, business, fundraising, and development experience in the creative and visual arts, marine conservation, and international cultural communities to the Festival. She has held positions at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, where she was Curator of Education and Public Programs since 2011; at the Monterey Bay Aquarium where she was Grants Coordinator; and at the Information and Cultural Exchange in Sydney, Australia, where she was a Resource Coordinator.

Born and raised in Monterey County, Elizabeth attended the York School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Mills College in Oakland where she majored in European History, and a master of arts in Museums and Collection studies from the Australian National University in Canberra.