The Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society is a non-profit society run by community volunteers with a passion for jazz music and education.

With generous help of local businesses, musicians and educators, the City of Nanaimo and many volunteers, we provide music enrichment programs such as clinics and workshops, mentoring opportunities, bursaries and merit awards, and jazz-filled events highlighting Nanaimo’s rich musical and cultural heritage.
Our work is focused on developing Canada’s future generations of musicians, composers, arrangers and producers. We support young musicians who have the interest and desire to improve their musicianship.
By bringing world-class professional musicians to our community, clinics and workshops become more affordable to a greater number of young and aspiring musicians. When young musicians are able to interact with and learn from professional musicians they are challenged and encouraged to take their music to the next level.
Past guest clinicians and performers brought to Nanaimo by the Society include the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Terrell Stafford, John Clayton, Ingrid Jensen, Brian Lillos, Jodi Proznick, Phil Dwyer, Brad Turner, Christian Fabian, Jesse Cahill, Christine Jensen, Steve Kaldestad, Tilden Webb, Delfeayo Marsalis, Bria Skonberg and more.

Our Team

Heather WongPresident
Carmella Luvisotto
Carmella LuvisottoMusical Director
Kathleen HilbornTreasurer
Doug MoultonTitle
Marcus MorosanMarketing & Communications Coordinator
Gilbert ThompsonVolunteer Coordinator
Duncan SpeightTitle