The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation founded in 1999 by trumpeter, arranger and composer Vance Thompson. The mission of the organization is to promote jazz music through performance and education. The group is governed by an independent board of directors comprised of local leaders who are passionate about jazz.

2019 directors

Jan Bechtel - chair
Don Hough - secretary
Ben McMurry - treasurer
Sheena McCall - past chair

Bill Arant
Elizabeth Batchelor
Randy Burleson
Barbara Crist
Kevin Grimac
Cindy Hassil
Christopher Hill
Robert Kirk
Robert Lederer
Eddie Mannis
Bill Pippin
Ellen Robinson
Sara Rose
William S. Rukeyser
Tom Shaw
Edie Volk
Steve Wachter
John Winemiller