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Meet the Team

Susan Workman

CEO and President 

Susan started as event manager with the Newton Jazz Festival 2012-2016 and co-producer with Stephen Bourassa and the City of Newton 5 years Newtonville Jazz & Street Festival(Village Day) 2012 - 2017, co-producer with Stephen Bourassa and JazzBoston for JazzWeek High School Jazz Band Showcase 2015, coproducer NEJEF High School Jazz Band Showcase at Newton Festival of the Arts 2016. She has been a performing musician for over 20 years. 

 

In April of 2013 New England Jazz Productions co produced Jazz Week High School band Showcase with Jazz Boston at the Boston Public Library. This was a free event that highlighted the talents of high school jazz bands in the Boston area. It was this event that Susan Workman co founder of New England jazz Enrichment foundation, saw the need and experienced the growing passion to produce free music events within the communities of Boston. 

Susan's drive to help the community comes from working in social service for 20 years, her experience working with homeless, and working with substance,  developmental disabilities, and mental health populations.

 

Stephen Bourassa

COO and Vice President

 

Producer of the Newton Jazz and Wine Festival and New England Jazz Productions, Stephen Bourassa has been presenting, producing and co‐producing music‐related events throughout Massachusetts since 2001 including the 2001 Salem Jazz & Wine Festival(as Art & Culture, Inc), and Jazz Boston’s High School Jazz Band Showcase at the Boston Public Library during Jazz Week in 2013 and 2014 just to name a few. Bourassa had a dream to put on music festivals and provide music scholarships to the communities of New England and found like‐minded people to help bring that dream to reality.

 

As a musician and a music student, Bourassa knew the struggle to fund music lessons and the high cost for instruments. Stephen’s vision to have music festivals and raise money to help a family pay for after school lessons or instruments was a driving force in New England Jazz Enrichment Foundation beginning.

 

Since 2001, Bourassa and the NEJEF team has succeeded in providing scholarships to those that are finding a way to make their music goals a reality. He has also produced and co-produced over a dozen jazz festivals that emphasize the meaning of bringing music and community together.

Aaron Gratzmiller

Arts and Educations Director

is a saxophonist, arranger, and private instructor based in Boston, MA. His energetic playing and stylistic versatility has helped him become one of the most active performers in New England, sharing the stage with notable artists such as Kurt Elling, Antonio Hart, Robert Villera, and Matt Savage among others. Aaron also teaches private lessons at Cambridge Arts Academy (Somerville, MA) and North Main Music (Nashua, NH), and is involved with the New England Jazz Enrichment Foundation. His current project as a co-leader, the Pearcy/ Gratzmiller Jazz Quintet, presents the tradition of Hard Bop Jazz from the perspective of a younger generation of musicians. The Quintet will be releasing it’s debut album, titled “Over the Edge”, this fall.

 

Aaron grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, where he began studying the piano at the age of 6. A few years later, he began playing the tenor saxophone in his elementary school band, and quickly developed an interest in Jazz. He continued taking lessons on both the saxophone and the piano through High School, when he began playing with Pittsburgh area musicians. He later majored in music at both Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, graduating from Berklee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. Aaron performs as both a bandleader and a sideman for local performances and tours, and is available for performing and presentation opportunities.

Susan Geoffrion Parks

Chief Administrative Executive

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