#50 – Brendan Rawson – Executive Director San Jose Jazz


“I sure hope that we keep growing a local culture scene that keeps presenting opportunities to folks to find their area that they’re able to grow themselves and contribute.”

South Bay native Brendan Rawson has worked in the local arts scene for more than twenty years. Since joining San Jose Jazz (SJZ) in 2012, Brendan has worked to increase their education programs’ impact and conceived many of their most successful initiatives, including Jazz Beyond programming and the mobile Boombox Truck stage.

Brendan is a long-time community supporter — a dedication sparked while he was working as a barback at the infamous Ajax Lounge in Downtown San Jose. That passion and experience set him on a path to not only become the executive director of SJZ but also to serve on the boards of various arts organizations, including San José Arts Advocates.

Find out more about Brendan San Jose Jazz at SanJoseJazz.org and SanJoseArtsAdvocates.org 

Music for this episode is “Time Alone” by Mild Monk.
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