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Our Board:

  • Brendan McMurphy - Interim President
  • Robin Amend -
    Vice President
  • Paula Atkison - Admininstration
  • Rachel Bade-McMurphy - Director



We are always welcoming new board members, if interested please contact us

Rachel Bade-McMurphy
Artistic Director


Rachel Bade-McMurphy is an award-winning vocalist, saxophonist and composer.  Spawned in rural the Inland Northwest, she received her bachelor’s degree in music from Washington State university and masters degree from Eastern Washington University in Jazz studies .  She has released two CDs of all-original music which have received international airplay and has written background music for Emmy-nominated promotional spots for KHQ-Q6 of Spokane.    She is a woodwind specialist in the Mead school district, maintains a private music studio and is on staff at Holy Names Music Center where she runs the legacy jazz program designing classes, festivals, camps and workshops.  In addition to teaching and performing, Rachel is an advocate for Jazz and the local music scene.  She is the founder of the non-profit organization Imagine Jazz, a 2019 recipient of Spokane Art Grant Award for the purpose of providing Spokane concerts, educational events and jam sessions to enrich the community. She also works for Spokane Public Radio hosting the “Afternoon in Jazz” on friday afternoons. 

SAJE utilizes musicians and educators from the Spokane area to give students a great learning experience.


SAJE was founded to provide a more in-depth experience in jazz and to give students an opportunity to play with other students outside of their normal school jazz band.

Our goal is to create a fun and challenging environment where students, whether they are new or experienced in their jazz playing, can develop an understanding of the jazz repertoire and the jazz language.

Through performances, clinics and workshops, and regular rehearsals, our hope is to inspire students to reach new heights and become leaders in their own respective school music programs.


Mission Statement


We provide the opportunity for youth to experience the joy of jazz through community performance and education.


We are a non-profit organization created to provide opportunities for middle school and high school jazz students in small group settings.


Through ensembles, classes, guest artists, master classes, and performances, students in the All-City Jazz Program have many opportunities to grow and learn.


Our goal is to provide students with an opportunity to perform fun, exciting, and challenging music in a small group setting.