Executive Artistic Director
Lucoff began his career in jazz in 1983 as publicist for the Playboy Jazz Festival, and moved to New York in 1984 to join Peter Levinson Communications. In 1985, Lucoff became National Director of Publicity for the jazz division of MCA Records. In 1988, he formed DL Media, a major jazz PR and marketing firm with offices in New York and Philadelphia and has represented such record labels as Blue Note Records, Mosaic, Justin Time, ECM, RCA Victor, Marsalis Music, Mack Avenue, Warner Bros., Verve, Concord Music Group and Columbia Records. DL Media has guided the careers of such esteemed artists as Branford, Wynton and Ellis Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Freddie Hubbard, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Abby Lincoln, Max Roach, Dianne Reeves, Al Green, Bruce Hornsby, Derek Trucks, Charles Lloyd, Marian McPartland, and Willie Nelson among others.
Alex Donovan is a proud West Virginia native who migrated to Oregon in 2006 and joined the PDX Jazz family shortly thereafter. His early production experience began at Marshall University’s WMUL FM radio station as a DJ and Jazz Producer. He also volunteered as a Stage Hand for Mountain Stage, a multiple-act, live music show recorded for NPR. In between finishing his BA in Communication, he studied audio engineering at the Recording Workshop in central Ohio. His time away from PDX Jazz is spent traveling all over North America for the day job, exploring Portland with family, playing the drums, and spinning records.
Director of Finance and Operations
A Wisconsin native, Bjorn enjoys the lush landscape and accessible outdoors that Oregon has to offer. He comes to PDX Jazz from Ethos Music Center where he first served as an AmeriCorps member, teaching music to under-served communities in rural Oregon. He later transitioned into a leadership role, managing Ethos’ Rural Outreach Project. His background in music and business has elevated the organization—streamlining finances and instituting operational protocols to better serve PDX Jazz.
Director of Education
Kim has been an educator for nearly two decades working as a classroom teacher, family enrichment coordinator and curriculum developer. She is also the founder and lead educator of Creative Partners Curriculum, a Portland-based educational consulting firm specializing in family engagement programming. When she isn’t working on education stuff, she is likely out running the streets of Portland training for her next marathon. Kim’s love of jazz began when her daughter was playing saxophone in award-winning student jazz ensembles. She looks forward to sharing her passion for education and her experience partnering with community members to help advance the education objectives and impact of PDX Jazz.