Jazz Forum

June 9, 2009

By now most of you are aware that the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) ceased to exist as of April of 2008. To many this may represent an end to having a place where educators, students, performers and jazz fans alike could meet at the annual IAJE Conference to exchange ideas, learn about the […]

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Remembering Freddie!

Indianapolis, Indiana is one of the many cities in the United States with a vibrant and fertile 20th Century jazz legacy. It has produced some of the finest and leading historic progenitors of Jazz as an art form. The musical talent that has emerged from “Naptown” includes the likes of Noble Sissle, Wes, Monk and […]

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2009 Jazz Educator’s Resource Guide

JAZZed is pleased to present our third annual Jazz Educator’s Resource Guide, a summary of relevant schools, organizations, product and service suppliers, and more. Significantly expanded and updated from last year’s edition, this directory is your one-stop source for information key to a career in jazz. Keep the Jazz Educator’s Resource Guide handy year-round as […]

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John Clayton

Since the late ’70s, The Clayton Brothers Quartet has showcased the unique talents of, and symbiotic musical relationship between, Jeff and John Clayton. An acclaimed musician and Grammy Award winner for his arrangement on Queen Latifah’s 2008 disc, Travlin Light, John is also a passionate jazz educator. Currently artistic director for the Lionel Hampton International […]

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May 2009

April 7 Charlie Apicella Iron City Put the Flavor on It [Carlo Music Records] The Crimson Jazz Trio King Crimson Songbook, Vol. 2 [Inner Knot] Herb Ellis Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre [Lonehill] Jake Hertzog Chromatosphere [That’s Out Records] Eyran Katsenelenbogen 88 Fingers [Eyran Records] Miles Okazaki Generations [Sunnyside] Meryl Romer So Sure Lady [Pearl […]

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May 2009

Hal Leonard’s New Releases from Bobby Owsinski and Dennis MoodyIn his new book, How to Make Your Band Sound Great, musician, producer, and engineer, Bobby Owsinski focuses on both the band as a whole and each individual player, and he offers information essential to bands in any genre of music. Owsinski covers everything from playing […]

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Jazz And Its South Carolina Roots

A Jazz History and Education Model of the Charleston Jazz Initiative “Corner Pocket,” “Whirly Bird,” “Trouble in Mind,” “Ballin’ the Jack,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Since I Fell for You,” and “Brother Blake.” What does each of these musical compositions have in common? Each is connected in some way to South Carolina and Charleston, in particular. Written […]

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25 of the Best Big Band Recordings of All Time!

March 26, 2009

Big bands are, for many college and university jazz programs in the U.S. Canada, the cornerstone of the curriculum. They are also one of the primary recruiting tools for most jazz programs and for many Schools of Music. Jazz programs in schools like the University of North Texas, the University of Miami, McGill University, Florida […]

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A New Breed …of Jazz Director

March 18, 2009

Young, Aggressive, and Emphasizing Performing in the Community A Tenacious Kevin Cole Sees the Big Picture Webster Groves High School boasts one of the finest jazz education and performance programs in the Midwest and Kevin Cole, a young director who got the gig right out of college, is in his tenth year running it. Cole […]

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Walter Beasley

Walter Beasley has made a name for himself in the world of contemporary jazz as both an accomplished saxophonist and a respected vocalist an unusual one-two punch within such a highly scrutinized musical genre. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music (studying alongside the likes of Branford Marsalis and vocalist Rachelle Ferrell), Beasley later went […]

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