Carolyne Swayze is a native of Chicago, but having relocated to California in January 1970, she considers the Golden State her home. Still, she gives all credit to her Chicago birthplace as influencing her early love of jazz. Soon after arriving in California, she began singing in the Fresno jazz and supper clubs to supplement the income of her day job. In the latter part of 1970, she relocated again, this time to San Francisco, taking a position as an investigator with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, and later Chief of the Department of Child Support Services. But at night, she says, “the hills of the Bay Area came alive with the sound of the music of jazz combos that played in every restaurant and show lounge, and I was right in the middle.” As vocalist for the Jimmy Diamond Orchestra, she would go on to sing on the hotel and country club circuits for more than twenty-five years. Learn More
In 1997, she relocated once again, this time to Sacramento and faced a daily commute to San Francisco before retiring in 2007. Upon retirement, her executive administrative experience caused her to dabble in the world of nonprofits. Toying with the idea of starting her
own club, she soon realized that she would never be able to justify or afford the investment required to start a jazz club. The result was, using the nonprofit model which is common to the performing arts in many cities across the nation, to create the Sacramento Jazz Cooperative.
Carolyne attended Fresno City College, San Francisco City College, and California State University San Francisco. She currently resides in Sacramento and is the founder of Sacramento Jazz Cooperative where she serves as president and Chief Executive Officer.
Holly Tigard is a Bay Area native. She was born into a musically creative family where her father, Lenny Tigard earned his living early on by playing jazz piano with talented local musicians such as Paul Desmond, Joe Dodge, Joe Morello, and Johnny Coppola, and appeared on the Don Sherwood television show back in the fifties. Holly’s mother was a dancer with the San Francisco Ballet for several years before marrying Lenny and moving to Virginia during the war. Holly grew up surrounded by and loving music and, at a young age, began to perform in choirs at school and church which carried her into her college years. Those were the most fertile of times for jazz in San Francisco and she met and performed with many local jazz greats of the era – Larry Vukovich, Bennett Friedman, Al Plank, Abe Battat, Vince Lateano and Smith Dobson IV, to name a few. Holly stayed in the Bay Area and worked the casual scene for more than 40 years singing with many different bands and leaders. Her most cherished time was working with Del Courtney and his Tea-Dance Band at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.Learn More
While music is her first love, Holly has also held positions of employment in interesting and various fields in San Francisco and Berkeley. From director of acquisitions for an international auction house, to facilities manager for a downtown university, events director at Chabot Space & Science Center and UC Athletics, to operations manager for a national real estate company, she has gathered a diverse background of experience that has served her well over the years.
Holly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts with a Music emphasis and a Master’s degree in Art History from San Francisco State University. She makes her home in San Francisco, and currently serves on the board of directors of Sacramento Jazz Cooperative, Inc, holding the office of Secretary.
Suzanne M (Sue) Bonk is a Sacramento native. She served as Director of Sacramento Crisis Nurseries from July 1995 – May 13, 2009, a nonprofit organization. Her experience includes program administration, contract compliance, program administration, fiscal management, fund development and personnel administration.
Sue was selected by Senator Michael Machado as 202 Woman of the Year for Senate District 5, Served on steering Committee to research, assess need, plan, develop, and raise “seed” money for the creation of the Sacramento Crisis Nursery in 1996. Learn More Established a second Crisis Nursery in 2002, Created the Regional Crisis Nursery Collaboration which resulted in Crisis Nurseries in Yolo and Placer and Nevada Counties, Created the “Friends of the Crisis Nurseries” auxiliary whose mission is to financially support the program through fundraising events, speaker’s bureau, and quarterly newsletters, Created and institutionalized the annual “Kid’s Day” event, one of the largest free events for children and families in Northern California, and originated and institutionalized the annual Partners In Protection Child Abuse Conference for professionals in Sacramento County. In addition, she established Children’s Councils in three Sacramento County communities. established the annual “Care For Our Children Holiday Campaign” which brings over 4000 gifts to abused and neglected children in Sacramento, served as a member of five-person task force, created by Superior Court Judge Roger Warren, which successfully established the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program in Sacramento, created the annual “Children’s March on the Capitol”, an advocacy and public awareness event involving children from throughout Northern California, legislators, and children’s advocate, and developed countywide resource directories: 1) Multicultural Directory, listing all child abuse resource in Sacramento County for four primary cultural groups: African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American. (2) Resource Directory for Families with Developmentally Disabled Children. Sue makes her home in Sacramento and with a love for jazz, currently serves on the Sacramento Jazz Cooperative board holding the office of Treasurer.
The Director of Media and Outreach for the Sacramento Jazz Cooperative (SJC) is currently a voluntary board position that serves to establish and maintain productive relationships with local and national media; oversee website content and online presence, including digital content, social media outreach, and videos that bring SJC messaging to a broad audience; may assist with the creation of published materials including , weekly email, brochures and other printed and digital materials; may serve as directed as spokesperson for the organization; and work closely with the SJC CEO on day to day functions involving media matters, and with other board members to develop and administer an operations communications budget.
Beth is an award-winning broadcast journalist and recording jazz vocalist. Of her 35-year career in radio she says, “I fell into the business; it turns out radio news was a perfect fit for me.” Beth started at KRAK in Sacramento where she won an Associated Press Mark Twain award for news coverage.
Beth moved from KRAK to a stint as an award-winning anchor and reporter at KFBK, covering floods, earthquakes, and the infamous Dorthea Puente murder case. Her role quickly expanded to anchor, weekend talk show host, and ultimately managing editor. A personal highlight was a trip to Russia to cover a sister city exchange between Sacramento and Chisinau, Moldova, two months before the Soviet Union collapsed. During her time at KFBK, Beth won awards for investigative journalism, enterprise and feature reporting, and best use of sound.
Beth later served as Director of Operations for Metro Networks, providing news and traffic information to regional affiliates while continuing her on-air work as a morning news and traffic anchor at Salem Radio.
Even while in radio, Beth’s singing career has been a constant; she performs locally throughout the year and has recorded two CD’s. Beth won top honors in the Independent Music Awards for the title track off her most recent project, Comes The Fall which debuted on the CMJ jazz charts – just below Diana Krall – and received airplay around the world. Today Beth sings whenever possible continuing her lifelong love affair with jazz that began with the sounds of Ella, Nancy Wilson and Mel Tormé floating down the hall from her older brother’s bedroom. Beth says, “That music from down the hall led me to the path I am meant to be on.”
SJC Mission Statement
The mission of the Sacramento Jazz Cooperative (SJC) is to ensure the preservation, and to foster a greater understanding of jazz as the true American art form. Objectives include increasing audience participation of all ages through education and performance.
SJC is a 501(c)(3) charitable benefit corporation located at PO Box 19254, Sacramento, California 95819 916-922-9758
Sacramento Jazz Cooperative
SJC survives from the sale of tickets to performances, memberships and donations. Please consider signing up today to show your support for the American art form of jazz.