Harry Connick, Jr. Joins Playground Sessions

December 12, 2018

Grammy and Emmy Award winner ‪Harry Connick, Jr. has announced that he will share his iconic piano skills by joining Playground Sessions, the app-based piano instruction software to teach more people how to play the piano. A longtime proponent of music education, Connick will offer lessons to a global audience that both demystifies the process of learning to play the piano while also encouraging players and showcasing the power of technology to share knowledge.

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Blues Alley Jazz Society Announces The 15th Annual BIG BAND JAM! And The 3rd Annual Ella Fitzgerald Competition

The non-profit Blues Alley Jazz Society has announced the 15th annual BIG BAND JAM! and the 3rd annual Ella Fitzgerald Competition between April 26 and 28, 2019. The former event was conceived in 2004 to honor Jazz Appreciation Month and the latter in 2017 to honor the centennial of America’s “First Lady of Song.”

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JEN ‘JAZZ2U’ Program Receives $25,000 Grant From The Herb Alpert Foundation

The Jazz Education Network (JEN) JAZZ2U initiative has been chosen by The Herb Alpert Foundation as the recipient of a $25,000 grant. JAZZ2U grants are provided on a first-come, first-served basis exclusively to schools and communities throughout the U.S.

Eligible JEN Chapters & Societies may apply beginning January 2019, and JENeral Individual members may apply starting February 2019. The $300 or $500 grants are meant to assist in funding jazz education-related events at schools and other institutions.

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The John & Alice Coltrane Home Aims For Restoration

November 28, 2018

Saved from demolition in 2007, The John and Alice Coltrane Home – the historic home where two of America’s most influential musicians and composers lived and worked – has been designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. John composed A Love Supreme, and Alice recorded five of her many groundbreaking recordings including A Monastic Trio, Ptah The El Daoud, Universal Consciousness, Huntington Ashram Monastery, and Journey in Satchidananda in the home.

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Wadada Leo Smith Receives ‘Religion And The Arts Award’ From The American Academy Of Religion

The American Academy of Religion presented its Religion and the Arts Award to legendary composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith on Sunday, November 18 at their annual conference in Denver. 

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DC Jazz Festival Announces Initial 2019 Artists

The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF), has announced its dates and an initial list of artists for the 2019 DC JazzFest presented by Events DC, June 7 through 16. Artists confirmed to date include perennial DC favorites Snarky Puppy, José James’ scintillating new Bill Withers Project, tenor sax titan Joshua Redman, singer-songwriter Michael Franks, vibes master Stefon Harris & Blackout, and the astonishing piano artistry of 14-year old Joey Alexander.

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Roy Hargrove 1969-2018

November 14, 2018

American jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove passed away on November 2, 2018 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. According to his manager Larry Clothier, he died from cardiac arrest caused by complications from kidney disease. He was 49. He is survived by his wife Aida, his daughter Kamala, his mother Jacklyn, and his brother Brian.

Born in Waco, Texas on October 16, 1969, Hargrove was discovered at a young age by Wynton Marsalis at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. Marsalis himself asked to see Hargrove play while he was in Fort Worth, and after seeing Hargrove live, Marsalis asked him to join him to perform at an area concert.

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Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Seeks Participants

The Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra (MACJO), the premier collegiate big band experience in the Mid-Atlantic Region, is seeking performers for their appearance at the 019 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate jazz students can apply to participate in MACJO’s 75-minute concert at the festival on February 15. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2018.

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2019 DCJazzPrix Seeks Applicants to Compete

The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) has announced the launch of its 2019 international jazz band competition, DCJazzPrix, issuing a call for applications live at dcjazzprix.org. Potential applicants will find guidelines including eligibility, review criteria, terms, and digital submission requirements for the application, which will close March 3, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET. The entry fee is $49 per band.

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Nevada School of the Arts Hires Jazz Education Hall of Fame Inductee DiCioccio

Nevada School of the Arts (NSA) has hired Justin DiCioccio as Artistic Advisor to the organization’s School of JAZZ@NSA jazz education program.

DiCioccio, a three-time recipient of the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, joins the NSA team with an extensive jazz education background, which includes leadership roles with organizations such as the Manhattan School of Music, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis, LaGuardia High School of the Arts and New York City All City High School Jazz Program.

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