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.

2017 directors

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

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