International Jazz Day AZ Foundation Announces New Jazz Day AZ 2020 / Mesa Host Committee Executive Director

By on October 18, 2019

Rev. Dr. Helen Hunter will assume the role of executive director for the Jazz Day AZ 2020’s Mesa Jazz Festival Host Committee, announced today by International Jazz Day AZ Foundation. The host committee will provide support to organizations, government agencies, and individuals with an interest in helping build the annual signature Mesa International Jazz Day Festival, now in its 4th year, into a world-class event.

Dr. Hunter, a seasoned executive with corporate, church, government, and
nonprofit experience, most recently served as president of East Valley NAACP and Founding Pastor of TGK Christian Fellowship, where she launched her street ministry to the homeless. She also works closely with other organizations including Arizona Concerned About Smoking (ACAS) and the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). Committed to ending homelessness and providing housing for low- and moderate-income families, Dr. Hunter is expanding her mission to include affordable housing and support for creative artists in Arizona.

The International Jazz Day AZ 2020 /Mesa Host Committee represents a concerted effort to enhance coordination and strengthen collaboration in planning Mesa’s 4th Annual International Jazz Festival to be held on April 26, 2020. The host committee will identify and develop resources to increase and expand the Jazz festival footprint in the city of Mesa,” as stated by Doc Jones, CEO and Arizona’s Jazz Ambassador.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone with Helen’s background on board at International Jazz Day AZ Foundation. Her expertise and extensive leadership skills will be integral as we continue to build Mesa’s signature Jazz festival,” said Doc Jones. “More importantly, however, under her leadership, we believe we have the best point person to date to bring people together from all over state to celebrate this American art form on a day created and sanctioned by UNESCO (The United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization) and Herbie Hancock Int’l Jazz Day.” Wm. Doc Jones

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