Officers of the Board
Clarence Boykins, President
A native of Miami Florida, Clarence grew up with jazz, blues, and gospel influences. From Count Basie to Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nancy Wilson, a love of jazz was cultivated. A veteran of the US Air Force, honorably discharged, Clarence worked for Levy’s as a retail buyer then moved on to work for the City of Tucson for 29 years, helping to shape and grow our city. Currently President & CEO of the Southern Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce, Clarence continues to volunteer his time with many organizations and is an active community activist, serving on a variety of boards. As President Clarence expressed, “I am excited to have this opportunity to energize and educate our community on the beauty of jazz in all of its forms.”
Carl Bedford, Vice President
Carl attended the University of Southern California and currently works as GIS Admin for Tucson Electric Power Co. He received volunteer of the year in 2013 for TEP and has been active in the community for many years.
Ray Mott, Secretary
I was born and raised in Kansas City, the birthplace to the musical improvisation style of bebop jazz. Growing up in Kansas City, I resided on Moten Place, a street named in honor of Bennie Moten in the Charlie Parker Square housing development. I am a big fan of Kirk Whalum and smooth jazz, although I appreciate all forms and genre of jazz. With my leisure time, I often spend it playing the alto sax, albeit on the intermediate level. In contrast, since my retirement from the United States Air Force, the last five years I have been occupied the establishment of my Safety Consulting business and serving as a member on the Park University Board of Trustee. In addition, I have completed my Master’s degree in Science Leadership at Grand Canyon University in 2013.
Clif Wickstrom, Treasurer
Clif Wickstrom is currently serving as Interim Treasurer of TJS. He is a retired Federal executive and former university faculty member, having taught at four universities in Northern California. He has been on the Board and serving in his current capacity since March of 2013. He previously served on the Board from 2010 to 2012. Clif’s family has been in Arizona since the late 1950’s, but he has wandered to and from since graduating from Central High School in Phoenix in 1961. He came to the Tucson area from Santa Fe, New Mexico. His interests in jazz started in high school, but grew significantly while a college student in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1960’s, in the era of Mulligan, Tjader, Mann, Guaraldi, MJQ, Monk, Gillespie, Brubeck, etc. He says his musical heart still lingers in that era, but he also appreciates Big Band, Motown, Dixieland, Latin, and contemporary straight up jazz forms.
Kris Basel, TJS Marketing Director
Kris is a University of Arizona alumna and previous local small business owner for 15 years in Tucson. Since 2000 she has been working as a Realtor, previously for 13 years with Long Realty Co, and presently with Tierra Antigua Realty. Kris brings her extensive business experience to the Marketing Director position with the goal of expanding goodwill and recognition for the Tucson Jazz Society.
Marty “Dr. Jazz” Dresner
Lou Salute, Fundraising Director
Lou grew up in Northern New Jersey and is a graduate of Valparaiso University in Indiana. After a successful 37 year career with the Boy Scouts of America, he retired in Tucson June of 2012. As an amateur keyboardist and lover of jazz from Dixieland to Smooth Jazz, Lou was drawn to the Tucson Jazz Society. He joined the Board in July of 2013 and currently serves as Fundraising Chairman.
Mark P. Slivinski
Mark grew up in the Chicagoland area in a family of seven kids, where Mom and Dad insisted that every one played an instrument. So there was always music around, and garage bands when the kids were old enough. He learned saxophone starting in 3rd grade, and over the course of 19 years, played jazz standards and pop tunes in various bands for parties. When he moved to Tucson in 2000, he was glad that there was a local jazz scene with accomplished musicians. He accepted an invitation to the Board of Directors in 2003, and volunteered to be president in 2012 to keep Jazz vibrant in Tucson.