About Us - Miami International Jazz Fest

The Miami International Jazz Fest (MIJF) Board of Directors proudly established the Miami International Jazz Fest™ (a 501(c)(3) corporation) to showcase a smorgasbord of jazz performers in a yearly jazz festival. MIJF will present diverse jazz expressions and artists throughout the Greater Miami area in venues managed by various cities within Miami – Dade County.

Additionally, our program will reach out to the local academic community, both students and professors, so that future music stars can participate in Jazz Fest activities. We will provide volunteer opportunities that will place student participants in direct contact with professional musicians. We aspire to provide unique opportunities that will give music students the ability to partake in all facets of our event. Eventually, these opportunities will lead to long-term mentorships that cultivate local musical talent and will expose young musicians to the practical realities of the music business.

MIJF’s President and Board members are professional musicians and businessmen who have a long list of outstanding accomplishments in music production, live performances, and recorded albums. All have succeeded at the local, national, and international levels. Our Board is primed to produce a first-class international festival that highlights Miami as the ideal destination for jazz lovers worldwide and within our community. MIJF will become a festival to appreciate for years to come.

Miami International Jazz Fest, Inc. is a Florida 501(c)3 corporation.

Miami International Jazz Fest Board of Directors

 

President: Arturo Campa
Secretary: Jessica Kaschube
Vice-President: Andre Kahn
Treasurer: Leyser Martínez

Arturo Campa (singer/songwriter, recording artist, publisher, producer) his resume includes: vocalist / front man with nine time Grammy winner Eddie Palmieri Orchestra (1968-73) and others, independent record production and concert promoter. Arturo founded and produced the The Miami Latin Jazz Festival to benefit Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (1995-98) and was an associate producer of The JVC Jazz Festival Miami Beach (2001-2003). He has presented Jazz events in the greater Miami area since 1976 at venues such as The Colony Theater, Miami Arts Museum (MAM), Lincoln Theater, Gusman Ctr. for the Performing Arts as well as others. The list of Jazz artists he has presented in concert includes: Hilton Ruiz, David Sanchez, Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band, Mongo Santamaria, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Israel Lopez “ Cachao”, George Benson, Giovanni Hidalgo, Tony Bennett, India Aire, Casandra Wilson to name a few of a very extensive list, he is also an active member of BMI as well as ASCAP.

Andre Kahn (Artistic name: Andy Harlow) is presently a renowned radio personality and music programmer at WDNA 88.9FM radio station in Miami. His 45 years of varied musical experience includes a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology. His diverse musical career includes performing as a sideman, bandleader, artist, talent agent, and broadcaster. He studied saxophone with distinguished professors and paid his dues as a sideman in the orchestras of Tito Puente, Xavier Cougat, and Machito while he attended New York University. Andre was a recording artist with the famous Fania Records Label.

Jessica Kaschube is the General Manager at Gable Stage and is an independent grant writer with the focus to assist newly established arts groups with reaching their fundraising goals. She holds a Bachelor In Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Montana where she was the recipient of the prestigous Talent Scholarship. She has worked as regional theatres across the nation in various positions including Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Bigfork Summer Playhouse and Montana Repertory Theater. She is  committed to seeing the arts flourish in Miami-Dade County

Leyser Martínez has over 20 years of experience as a visual artist. He attended Professional Art School in Cuba where he studied painting, drawing, illustrations, plastics, and graphic design. His degree is in Arts and Arts Teaching where his focus was on desktop publishing, computer graphics, and animation.