Derrick Fishback, President
Originally from Chicago, Derrick Fishback has been a fan and patron of jazz for decades.
Having been exposed to all genres of music from classical to Afro-jazz, he has been an aficionado of music since his youth. Derrick has always been a patron of the arts, contributing and supporting various music and arts festivals and events in his global travels. He has been an active supporter of Jazz Pensacola, serving as a photographer for Pensacola JazzFest and other sponsored events.
A resident of Pensacola for several years, Derrick is currently a Project Manager with Amazon Web Services. He is also a retired U.S. Army officer having served professionally for over 25 years in key leadership positions, managing large organizations of personnel and programs in the fields of operations, civil-military engagements, disaster management, diplomacy and partnerships.
Jim Green, Vice President
Although born in Key West, Jim Green has been in Pensacola since preschool. After graduating from Pensacola High School, he obtained his A.A. degree from then Pensacola Junior College and later studied music at the University of West Florida. Jim transferred to the University of North Florida in Jacksonville where he studied under Barry Greene and obtained a degree in jazz guitar performance.
After music school, Jim obtained a law degree from Florida State University where he was a member of the law review and research assistant for professors Charles W. Ehrhardt and Dan Markel. Jim moved back to Pensacola in 2007 and has been practicing law and playing music whenever he gets the chance ever since.
Jim was one of the founding members of the board for the Belmont Youth Band, which is now known as the Pensacola Community Music School. Jim believes everyone from any background should have the opportunity to learn to make music.
Dean Vanderhoof, Treasurer
Growing up in a small, rural community in central Missouri, Dean left home and spent his career as a research chemist and subsequently a healthcare administrator all over the country with his latest move to Pensacola in 2018 looking to be his last. His interest in music started early in his life. Even though he performed in bands in high school and college, he determined that when it came to music he was a good technician but did not have the gift.
Dean has brought his science and business acumen to several nonprofit Boards during this time, including the American Heart Association, Saint Thomas Advocates, which he helped form, as well as the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. It was these experiences where he witnessed the power that comes from special people focused on achieving goals that benefited communities. The rewards that came from these experiences have been numerous and fulfilling for Dean, similar to his more that 40 years in healthcare have been.
His relationship with Jazz Pensacola began as an attendee enjoying the music, then as a volunteer photographer providing images to the organization and individual musicians alike. Now, he is getting a humbling opportunity to contribute to the promotion of the jazz genre and musicians throughout the region.
Carolyn Joyce Tokson, Secretary
Formally educated at The University of Georgia and the University of Southern California, Carolyn’s professional career was as an educator. She taught in Virginia and South Carolina before teaching five years in the Department of Defense Schools in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she traveled extensively by train and bicycle in that country, France and Italy. Returning to the United States, she worked as a learning facilitator/consultant/teacher with a specialty in diagnosis and remediation of dyslexia in the White Plains Public Schools in White Plains, N.Y. She taught academic composition and study skills for college preparatory students in White Plains High School for the last 20 of her 38 years of teaching.
In New York, Carolyn sang in several choral societies. She returned to Pensacola in 2011 to care for her aging mother and she has been an active volunteer in Jazz Pensacola since. Carolyn writes poetry as well as editing the Jazz Pensacola newsletter. She is an active member of the Emerald Coast Writers and the local chapter of the National League of American Pen Women. She has been a student of Zen for over thirty years. She is active in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pensacola where she sings in the choir. She continues to study French, German and vocal music.
Steve began his musical journey at age 8 on violin and guitar like so many other kids in school in the ’60s. He switched to playing the bass on the advice of a band director and played in school orchestras, high school bands, various youth symphonies, Michigan State Symphony and college jazz ensembles.
Over the years in Michigan, California and Arizona, Steve performed with Bruce Early, Gary Schunk, Gary Blumer, Eddie Shaughnessy, Ross Tompkins, Rick Vandivier, Dennis Rowland, Giacomo Gates, Jeff Baker, Dan Tomlinson and Roslyn Kind.
Steve has formed many groups including Soundscape Sedona, the Dynamite Divas and ZAZU, a Django-inspired French gypsy swing band. He has owned and operated Artists in Rhythm, providing top-quality entertainment for events in Arizona since 2005.
Steve’s past board experience includes Jazz San Jose, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks and Jazz in Arizona, where they own and operate their own jazz venue and education center, The Nash.
Since moving to Pensacola, Steve has been active in Jazz Pensacola as a performer and a volunteer. He has written several articles for Jazz Pensacola’s
Growing up in a home full of professional musicians allowed Ali to develop a unique perspective and appreciation for music across genres. Her mother is a professional singer, with a repertoire ranging from pop to jazz, and her father is a professional guitarist, specializing in the rock genre, but skilled and versatile. While not a musician herself, Ali has long ago learned the importance of music to family and to community, and as a board member of Jazz Pensacola she wants to help spread the word about great, live, local jazz.
With a Bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida in Communication Arts, and a thesis defense away from receiving her Master’s in Strategic Communication from UWF, Ali has worked across industries focusing on communication and public outreach to aid organizations in their approach to public engagement, and is excited to bring that skillset to Jazz Pensacola. Currently, Ali works in Graphic Design and Marketing at Current Products Corp., a local manufacturer of automated window coverings.
Originally from New Orleans, Dave grew up surrounded by music. His passion began in a school band program and continued into college, where he majored in music on trumpet. Realizing an interest in instrument repair, Dave furthered his education by attending the Allied Music Repair School.
After relocating to Pensacola with his wife, Rebecca, Dave opened Schmidt’s Music in 1982. Since then, Dave has been active in the local music scene playing alto sax with the “Horndogs” horn section in the early 80s and tenor sax with the “Persuaders” through the mid-90s. He currently plays tenor sax with the “Palafox Horns” and upright bass with the “Trees,” a four-piece group playing original music. Dave has been heavily involved in music education for the last 40 years. Through his efforts, Dave has earned recognition as a “Friend of Education” by the Escambia Association of Administrators in Education and a five-time recipient of the “Champion of the Arts” award from Escambia County.
Lawrence E. Young Jr.
Lawrence Young Jr. was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, and is the son of two career music educators, Lawrence and JoAnn Young, Sr. Lawrence currently serves as band director at Booker T. Washington High School. He is the director of the Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band/Wind Ensemble, percussion ensemble. Lawrence also is a freelance drummer, playing with numerous groups throughout the area. Lawrence is a 1993 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of West Florida and a Masters in Education, with an emphasis in music, from Florida A & M University.
Lawrence is very passionate about music education for young people and maintains a profound love of this community. Lawrence’s professional affiliations are Florida School Music Association, National Association for Music Education – NAfME. Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, and Phi Beta Mu (International Bandmaster Fraternity)
Norman Vickers, Volunteer Executive Director, Emeritus
Dr. F. Norman Vickers had a career as a busy gastroenterologist in Pensacola, Florida, from 1965-2001. His early experience as a serious amateur pianist, chromatic harmonicist and guitarist gave him a love and appreciation for jazz. On arriving in Pensacola, he connected with local jazz musicians and discussed starting a jazz society and festival, but everyone acknowledged that it would be “too much work.” In 1982, in conjunction with local the Arts Council of Northwest Florida the and University of West Florida radio station, WUWF, it was decided to start Pensacola JazzFest. Vickers spearheaded the effort of starting a jazz society as a support group. Pensacola JazzFest started in 1983, and the Jazz Society of Pensacola (now named Jazz Pensacola) was chartered as a not-for-profit corporation the same year. Initially, JSOP operated out of a corner of his Pensacola medical office. The community joke was that when you called the office and asked for Norman, the question would be: “Is it musical or medical?” Vickers was a board member of the Jazz Society and when his three-year term was up, the board appointed him a volunteer executive director to keep him engaged. Since 2004, Vickers has been retired from his active management role, by adding “emeritus” to his title of volunteer executive director. However, he continues as an active participant. Read Troy Moon’s profile of Norman Vickers in the Pensacola News Journal.
Jazz Pensacola Welcomes New Operations Manager Raveen C. Kyles
A hearty welcome to Jazz Pensacola’s new Operations Manager Raveen (pronounced “Raven”) Kyles. She will be in the Jazz Pensacola office at 3 West Garden St., Suite 418 from 8AM till noon Monday through Friday. She will be taking your telephone donations by charge card for the JETS (Jazz Education Team Supporters) and the JazzFest 2023 VIP Tent. Call her at 850-433-8382.
Raveen brings a great bank of experience and skills from her work as a budget analyst, a supervisory staff administrator, and an operations manager for the US Army here in Pensacola and Sanford, FL and in Belle Chase, LA. We look forward to her participation with the various committees and active members of Jazz Pensacola. She will be handling many aspects of the daily business of Jazz Pensacola as well as coordinating activities in preparation for major jazz events such as JazzFest.
To contact any of the board members or office personnel, send an email to [email protected], or call the office at (850) 433-8382.