Meet the Staff

Don Lucoff

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

Production Manager

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.

Bjorn Carlson

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.

Gary Spencer

Box Office & Membership Manager


Gary is originally from Dayton, Ohio, and joined the PDX Jazz team in 2015. A graduate of Miami University, Gary has lived all across the country while exploring his love of many styles of music including jazz. John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Cecil Taylor, Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders and Albert Ayler are among his favorite jazz artists, though he has a healthy appreciation for all of jazz’s styles and eras. Gary also continues to work as a freelance arts & music writer for Dayton City Paper and goes to see live music regularly, and adheres his life to Frank Zappa’s motto that “music is the best”.

Katie Sharp

Marketing Coordinator


A recent graduate from Oregon State University with a degree in marketing and a minor in art history. Her passion in life is bringing people together through arts and culture. Katie hopes to create a future that will help bring the vibrant arts and culture, the Pacific Northwest has to offer, into everyone’s lives. In her free time, Katie loves to explore nature, work on her cooking skills, and kick the soccer ball around. Hailing from Seattle, WA she has grown to love Portland’s weird and unique attributes.

Kim Harrison

Education Coordinator

Kim Harrison is the founder and lead educator of Creative Partners Curriculum, a Portland-based firm that offers educational consulting, curriculum services and family event planning, with clients including Portland Bureau of Transportation. Kim has been an educator for nearly two decades, as a classroom teacher and family enrichment coordinator, developing and facilitating family programs. Kim is currently creating curriculum for the Barre 3 fitness studios’ childcare programs where she is part of the Operations Staff. She volunteers with the education department of the Oregon Humane Society after-school kid’s club program and at outreach events. Kim’s love of jazz began when her daughter was playing saxophone in award-winning student jazz ensembles in the Midwest. 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.