Montclair Jazz Festival Commemorates 10th Anniversary This July And August

July 9, 2019

New Jersey’s Montclair Jazz Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer from July 26 through August 10, featuring over 250 jazz musicians, more than 30 musical acts, two marquee stages, seven venues, and 20-plus concerts and events. On Friday, July 26, the festival kicks off with the 3rd Annual DJ Brother Mister Old School Funk + Soul Dance Party, followed by 14 days of music.

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Roni Ben-Hur’s Jazz Camp Kicks Off In Burlington

Now in its 19th season, Roni Ben-Hur’s next Jazz camp for instrumentalists and vocalists takes place July 28 to August 3 at the University of Vermont in Burlington. The faculty includes Roni Ben-Hur, Helio Alves, Alexis Cole, Ralph Lalama, Harvie S, and Sylvia Cuenca. Guests can enjoy daily masterclasses on each instrument, rhythm section workshops for vocalists, and nightly jam sessions.

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GoFundMe Created For Guitarist Juris

On June 14, jazz guitarist Vic Juris was diagnosed with metastatic liver cancer. He is currently at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey, receiving treatment. His wife Kate Baker has shared that while Juris does have some medical insurance, it only covers part of his needed treatment, and he will not be able to work for some time.Gunnar Mossblad and Dave Stryker have started a GoFundMe to help raise funds for Juris while he recovers.

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Conn-Selmer And University Of Notre Dame Offer Certification On Grant Proposal Writing For Music Educators

Conn-Selmer has teamed up with The University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business to offer a two-day intensive certification on Grant Proposal Writing for Music Educators. This course is going to be offered in San Antonio, Texas, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on July 24 and 25.  Registration is now open, but spots are limited. 

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JazzWorks 2019 Adult Jazz Camp And Composers’ Symposium Commences In August

JazzWorks 2019 Adult Jazz Camp and Composers’ Symposium take place this year from August 12 to 18 at CAMMAC Music Centre in Harrington, Québec.The Composers’ Symposium and Practice Retreat runs from August 12 to 15, helping musicians hone their writing and arranging skills. Guests can also refine their original tunes with one-on-one coaching from international jazz composer greats

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Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program Recognizes Eleven Outstanding Musicians

The Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) program recognized the 2019 winners during its annual Celebration Weekend, held June 22-25, 2019 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.The YYPA program was created in 1988 to recognize young, rising stars and provide direction and advice as their careers begin to launch. The 2019 celebration weekend was packed with workshops designed to support the aspiring musicians’ personal development and career goals.

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Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Premieres ‘Chicago Immigrant Stories II’

June 27, 2019

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP), under the direction of artistic director and co-founder Orbert Davis, will conclude its second year of the very popular and impactful performance series entitled “Chicago Immigrant Stories,” which premiered last Summer on the Pritzker Pavilion Stage at Millennium Park. “Chicago Immigrant Stories” represents CJP’s cross-genre musical collaborations with various cultures of Chicago’s immigrant population. The July 22 performance is a culmination of a series of alliances and workshops with musicians from Chicago’s Greek, Mexican, Bulgarian and Argentinian communities.“

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New York Japanese Jazz Festival Celebrates Inaugural Edition

The inaugural New York Japanese Jazz Festival launched June 25 – 27, 2019, as part of a three-day series heralding the undiscovered talents from the island on the other side of the world. The New York Japanese Jazz Festival takes place for three nights at SMOKE Jazz Club, and features a number of musician’s representative of the East Coasts whose native roots are in the Japanese Culture. From NEA Jazz Master Lou Donaldson’s longtime organist Akiko Tsuruga and Roy Hargrove’s last pianist Tadataka Unno, to newly- discovered talents like 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition Winner Rina Yamazaki and The Maguire Twins, there’s something for all fans across the jazz spectrum.

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DC Jazz Festival Announces 2020 Dates

The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) has just concluded a remarkable 15th anniversary celebration, welcoming a bounty of locally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed artists, as well as a wide range of fans, to the nation’s capital for 10 days of live entertainment.
The Festival continues to grow in scope and in prominence, so fans are reminded to make plans now for the 2020 DC JazzFest presented by Events DC, scheduled for June 12-20.

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Yamaha Sponsors 15 Graduate Fellows to Attend Eastman School of Music’s Leadership Academy

Yamaha Corporation of America has partnered with Eastman School of Music to sponsor 15 outstanding graduate and undergraduate students, selected from a national pool of applicants, to participate as fellows in the Institute for Music Leadership’s second annual Eastman Leadership Academy held June 26-29, 2019.The academy brings together juniors, seniors and graduate collegiate music students from around the United States who demonstrate leadership experience and seek to develop careers that are impactful to their communities and the musical arts.

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