Submitted by Ed Bride and Barbara Kidd Seddon. Interviews by Professor Rich Falco
The Pittsfield CityJazz Festival was formed in 2005 to present mainstream and traditional jazz in a downtown setting (Pittsfield, MA). In 2009, the founders of the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival established Berkshires Jazz, Inc. as an independent non-profit organization, whose mission is to preserve Jazz, America’s indigenous art form and nurture its growth by presenting high quality jazz programs, fostering jazz education and promoting the local jazz scene. The establishment of Berkshires Jazz, Inc. as an independent 501c3 organization was facilitated by Gene Wenner of Arts and Entertainment Consulting, and followed four years of operation with the Berkshire Music School as our fiscal agent. Berkshires Jazz partners with Berkshire Gateway Preservation, Inc., in presenting the annual Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend, in downtown Lee, Mass.