Jazz Performance and Education Centre was hit by tragedy in 2019 with the sudden death of Co-Founder, Rochelle Koskie. A tribute to Rochelle was presented at JPEC's October 26 concert – The Best of Blue Note – a sold-out concert to mark the 80th anniversary of Blue Note Records. Rochelle's spirit continues to inspire and guide all of us at JPEC.
In 2018, JPEC celebrated its 10th anniversary by renewing its dedication through performance, education and advancement of jazz among young and not-so-young. Officially incorporated in 2008 as a non-profit charitable organization, JPEC was born when jazz aficionados Raymond and Rochelle Koskie assembled a committee of fellow enthusiasts, who, over the course of 10 years has committed itself to jazz by:
• Petitioning for a full-time, non-profit performing Music/Arts Hub in Toronto, including a detailed plan as to how this could benefit Toronto.
• Coordinating the support of a group of non-profit arts organizations towards this goal.
• Developing a school education outreach program that sends musicians to conduct workshops in schools with little or no music program.
• Presenting over 50 concerts in the past decade to a strong jazz fan base.

JPEC Board of Directors, Advisors and Volunteers

JPEC Board

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