[image-1]We were surprised this morning to find an email from Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) announcing that its co-founder and executive director, Leah Suárez was announcing her resignation from the post. Suárez led the organization’s founding, working with several founding Board members that included the late jazz writer Jack McCray, in 2007 and has since grown the organization into a fully operational nonprofit that offers services for local jazz musicians as well as concert and educational programming, and houses the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. 

According to an attached personal statement from Suárez, she will be turning her attentions to her personal music career and ambitions. She also says, “To lead the charge of building a bona fide institution dedicated to preserving, promoting, producing, educating and advocating for jazz in Charleston, has brought me immense joy. The work speaks for itself.”

Chris Burgess, who is a faculty member in the College of Charleston’s Arts Management program, will serve as interim executive director. The Board will begin its search for a permanent executive director this summer.  

You can read the full press release and Suárez’ statement on the JAC website.