Jazz Mentors Foundation Salt Lake City, Utah based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2023 to:

  • Encourage junior high, high school and university student musicians to study and play jazz.

  • Encourage awareness and appreciation for jazz in our community.

  • Provide clinics for student musicians and concerts for our community featuring nationally recognized professional musicians

We came together to host a jazz concert series, with top tier jazz musicians, including local talent. For each concert, the artist will provide a workshop for high school, university and junior high students, free of charge. Additionally, high school, university and junior high jazz students are invited to attend the concerts free of charge.

Jazz music, while being the foundation of most modern music and one of the great American art forms, is in decline. It currently represents less than 1% of streaming music volume in the U.S.. We believe that by exposing students to excellent jazz musicians and concerts, we can revitalize this incredibly important and fun art form in Utah.


Micheal T. Mackay

Mike Mackay was one of the original founders of JazzSLC and the GAM foundation. He has been a jazz afficionado and casual artist for many years.

Jay Lawrence

Jay Lawrence graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science degree/Summa Cum Laude. He has been a member of faculties at Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Snow College, and other Universities.

Melanie Shore

Melanie Shore’s dynamic musical fluency on the piano and Hammond B3 has established her as an accomplished performer, sought-after studio musician, music director, and award-winning composer and arranger.

John Woolley

John Woolley was introduced to the jazz world by his then 5-year-old son who is now a budding jazz musician. In his day job, he works as an healthcare focused entrepreneur. Almost as much as he love jazz, he loves the mountains and skiing. He, his wife and their three kids live in Holladay, UT.

Chris Julian

Chris Julian is a lifelong jazz aficionado and late-night composer. Daylight hours find him at his business in the senior care industry, on the local pickleball court, or cheering on his amazing wife and five daughters in their many pursuits. Chris is a longtime resident of Holladay, Utah though his heart firmly resides on a sailboat in the South Pacific.

MENTORS on stage

Venue: Brighton Auditorium, 2220 E. Bengal Blvd, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121