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Jacksonville Jazz Fest

Dan Kossoff

1999 Inductee Dan Kossoff has produced, directed, written and developed thousands of films, commercials, television programs and special events. He began his media career in 1961 by hosting a campus jazz radio program in Duluth, Minnesota. During college, he toured the Midwest as a guitar/folk singer. He joined WJCT in 1968, specializing in public affairs and documentary production. Kossoff produced and directed the PBS coverage of the Festival from 1981-1984. From that time until 1991 he...

Mike Tolbert

1999 Inductee Mike Tolbert is a self-employed strategic planning and communications consultant in Jacksonville, who represents corporate and political clients. He has worked with Mayors Jake Godbold, Hanz Tansler, Ed Austin, Congresswoman Tillie Fowler and Florida State Senator Betty Holzendorf. Tolbert helped produce the first five Jacksonville Jazz Festivals and introduced the Great American Jazz Piano Competition to the Festival. He played a key role in the agreement that led to the national and international...

The Honorable Jake Godbold

1999 Inductee Jake Godbold served on the Jacksonville City Council for 13 years, including two as Council president, before being elected as mayor for eight years. During his terms as mayor, the Riverwalk, The Jacksonville Landing, and Metropolitan Park were built. Mayor Godbold helped bring 80,000 new jobs and 165 new companies to Jacksonville and was the overseer of $1 billion worth of construction in Jacksonville and Duval County. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival and Spring...