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Dave Holland

Dave Holland

This month's Spotlight features Dave Hollad - Fostering Musical Connections
Dave Holland
GearCheck: September 2014

GearCheck: September 2014

A look at the latest and greatest gear, September 2014.
GearCheck: September 2014
Hitting That Stride

Hitting That Stride

A look at The Origin and Musical Characteristics of Stride Piano style.
Hitting That Stride
Album Reviews-August/September 2014

Album Reviews-August/September 2014

Kiki Ebsen – Scarecrow Sessions (Painted Pony Media) Kiki Ebsen – vocals, piano John Patitucci - acoustic and electric bass [...]
Album Reviews-August/September 2014
Michael Spiro: What's On Your Playlist?

Michael Spiro: What's On Your Playlist?

Internationally renowned percussionist Michael Spiro is an eight-time Grammy nominee whose rhythmic sophistication and musical chops have earned him a [...]
Michael Spiro: What's On Your Playlist?

Featured Articles


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2014 Jazz Educators Resource Guide

An updated and enhanced directory of camps, schools, product and service suppliers, and more.

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Vijay Iyer

Discussing his approach to teaching, his musical philosophy, and the lesser-known history of jazz.

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Gear Check: March 2014

The Latest and Greatest Gear for Jazz Educators – March 2014

Featured: Lessons Learned


Rabid Jazz

A Semester Abroad, Teaching Jazz in Latvia

Development of Jazz-Blues within American Pop Culture

The blues, which has its roots in the African American spiritual, plays a major role in most popular music forms including gospel, jazz and rock and roll.

Standards? Determining Curricular Repertoire

A continued look at the process of developing standards in Jazz Education

Featured: Focus Session


Hitting That Stride

A look at The Origin and Musical Characteristics of Stride Piano style.

Thad Jones – A Forgotten Giant?

Let Us Not Forget His Place In Jazz!

Focus Session: Triplets

Unlocking the Power of the Triplet in the College Classroom.

Featured: What's on Your Playlist?


Michael Spiro: What’s On Your Playlist?

Internationally renowned percussionist Michael Spiro is an eight-time Grammy nominee whose rhythmic sophistication and musical chops have earned him a […]

Helen Sung – Whats’ On Your Playlist?

A look at what Pianist Helen Sung is currently listening to…

Connie Crothers – What’s On Your Playlist?

A look at what Pianist Connie Crothers is currently listening to…

Latest Jazz Education News


Jackie Cain (1928-2014)

Posted September 18, 2014

Bebop vocalist Jackie Cain died September 15 at her home in New Jersey at the age of 86.

Wynton Marsalis to Help Open new St. Louis Jazz Center

Posted September 18, 2014

Esteemed jazz ambassador Wynton Marsalis will be on hand to headline festivities celebrating the opening of St. Louis’ state-of-the-art Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz on October 2.

Joe Sample Dies at 75

Posted September 18, 2014

Joe Sample, pioneering keyboard player and composer who grafted styles like funk, jazz, gospel, and Zydeco and founder of the Crusaders, died this past month at the age of 75.

Berklee’s Valencia Master’s Enrollment Doubles

Posted September 18, 2014

Berklee College of Music welcomed 148 students from 31 different countries to its one-year intensive master’s programs at its Valencia, Spain, campus recently for the start of its third academic year.

Study Shows Community Music Programs Enhance At-Risk Youth Brain Function

Posted September 5, 2014

A new Northwestern University study funded by the NAMM Foundation provides the first direct evidence that a community music program for at-risk youth has a biological effect on children’s developing nervous systems.

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