Northeast Ohio Jazz Society Records

The Northeast Ohio Jazz Society is one of America’s leading organizations devoted to promoting the appreciation of jazz music. It was founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in late in 1977 at the instigation of jazz enthusiast Willard Jenkins, who became the group’s first president and subsequently was made executive director of the National Jazz Service Organization in Washington. Formally incorporated on March 22,1978, the Northern Ohio Jazz Society by the end of that year had begun presenting concerts and publishing a newsletter, Jazz Central. Working with Cuyahoga Community College, it helped launch the first Tri-C JazzFest in 1980. The collection consists of annual reports, flyers, and programs.