The Los Angeles Jazz Institute houses and
one of the largest jazz archives in the world.
All styles and eras are represented with a
emphasis on the preservation and documentation of
jazz in Southern California. The overall mission
Jazz Institute is to preserve, promote and
the heritage of this important American art form.
Maintain a comprehensive program of cataloging
and data-base entry to continue to improve access
to the collections.
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The Los Angeles Jazz Institute is housed on
the campus of California State University, Long Beach
in the Department of Music, in collaboration with the
California Institute for the Preservation of Jazz.
The Institute is used by teachers, scholars,
musicians, independent researchers, the media and
industry. Research requests come from a variety
including musicians, scholars, members of the
teachers, students and members of the general
The books, recordings and archival collections
non-circulating. All research must be conducted
on-site during the Institute's hours of
The Los Angeles Jazz Institute is open
To make an appointment to visit the Institute
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The Founder and Director of the Los Angeles Jazz
Institute is Ken Poston.
Poston began his career as the Executive Director
The Kansas City Jazz Commission with the mission
preserve the city's jazz heritage and promote its
future. In this role he started a local jazz
(JAM), initiated a KC jazz oral history project,
teaching jazz history at local universities,
weekly jazz radio program on KCUR-FM, and
a number of jazz concerts and festivals.
In 1987 he relocated to Los Angeles and joined
nationally recognized KLON (now KKJZ) as the
of Concert Productions. During his eleven years
KLON, he produced well over 100 concerts and
festivals. In addition to his concert production
activities, Ken was also an on-air personality
the popular 'Portraits in Jazz' program which
a Saturday morning mainstay on the Los Angeles
dial. In addition to 'Portraits in Jazz', he
hosted a program for EuroJazz radio which was
broadcast throughout Europe. He has also written
and produced many programs for national broadcast
in the United States.
Recognized as one of the foremost concert
presenting jazz today, he has also served as the
Director of the Sarasota Jazz Festival and has
produced numerous events throughout the Los
area. Ken has also produced a number of jazz
throughout the United States and in Europe, most
notably a Jazz West Coast celebration at London's
famed Royal Albert Hall. Poston is also
as a jazz historian and an authority on the
of jazz on the west coast. He has taught and
widely and is currently an instructor at Long
State University and UCLA .
Over the years Poston has amassed a huge
Jazz recordings and related memorabilia that make
the bulk of the Institute's holdings.
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