Society Information

Coleman Hawkins Jazz Society Information

The Society

The Coleman Hawkins Jazz Heritage Society is a not-for-profit recognized as exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  For purposes of a tax deductible donation(s) to the society, your request for copy of our Internal Revenue determination letter can be made via mail to:  President, Coleman Hawkins Jazz Heritage Society, PO Box 8935, St. Joseph, MO 64508.  Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. 

The Board

  • President                         Lanny Ellis
  • Vice President                Andrew Tyler
  • Secretary                         Deb Galliani
  • Treasurer                        Roger Rhorer
  • Historian                         Charlotte Mayfield
  • Fundraising Chair          Charlotte Mayfield
  • Music Chair                    Rhea Williams Carpentieri
  • Vendor Chair                  Christy Mayfield
  • Art Chair                         Reid Woodbury
  • Publicity Chair               Andrew Tyler
  • Member                          Alonzo Weston
  • Member                          Drew Brown


The Coleman Hawkins Jazz Society meets at 9:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month.


You are invited if you are a jazz lover, into good music of any kind, or just want to join with others who are active in promoting the St. Joseph community.  Becoming a member is painless, really.  Annual membership dues are $10.00 and can be paid in a variety of ways; attending a monthly meeting, fund raiser, festival, or by mail.  If by mail, send your $10.00 per person either as a check, money order, or cashiers check made out to CHJS (please NO cash) to:  Membership, Coleman Hawkins Jazz Heritage Society, PO Box 8935, St. Joseph, MO 64508.  Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  Once received, we will send you your tax deductible receipt and membership card.  Membership is from June 1st to May 31st.

Mission Statement

The Coleman Hawkins Jazz Heritage Society exists to preserve the history of Coleman Hawkins and his music, to enhance the cultural development of persons of all ages in the community, and to promote an understanding and appreciation of the jazz style of music by bringing people together in a celebration of musical artistry.    Achievement of the Society’s mission may be through; the presentation of concerts which create artistic opportunities, the exposure to and fostering of cultural development of musical expression by providing forums for local and regional talent, and by encouraging and advocating music with member organizations at the local, state, national, and international levels.