Steve Heckler is one of the country’s pre-eminent jazz impresarios, founding the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 1999 and serving as its executive director ever since. This year’s festival drew more than 30,000 music fans of all ages to 19 different venues and performances by nationally acclaimed soloists and jazz combos including 300 Minnesota musicians. Heckler joined the JazzMN staff in 2015 to help broaden JazzMN’s reach and programming and to establish new partnerships with regional organizations and institutions.