Newport Beach Jazz Party Welcomes Akiko Tsuruga And Katie Thiroux

January 23, 2019

The Newport Beach Jazz Party has announced that Akiko Tsuruga and Katie Thiroux will perform at the 19th annual event on February 14, 2019 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa.

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Applications for Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz Program Close January 31

January 9, 2019

Students are encouraged to apply to take part in Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz Program, which will take place in the summer of 2019.

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Annual Charles Mingus Festival and High School Competition Returns in February

From Saturday, February 16, to Sunday, February 17, 2019, high school students from across the United States will celebrate the music of the great jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus as a part of the 11th Annual Charles Mingus Festival and High School Competition.

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TI:ME Honors Shawna Longo with Teacher of the Year Award

TI:ME has announced that Shawna Longo, middle school Music Technology teacher at Hopatcong Borough Schools, New Jersey, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Mike Kovins TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award.

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Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Hosts Two Memorial Concerts

December 26, 2018

Biamp PDX Jazz Festival will present Eldon “T” Jones & Touch: Let it Flow for Grover Washington Jr. on Friday, March 1, 2019. The performance will feature Gerald Veasley and Marcus Strickland + Delvon LaMarr Organ Trio at Revolution Hall in Portland, Oregon. December 12, 2018 would have been Grover Washington Jr.’s 75th birthday.

In addition, the next day (March 2), the festival will host Wide Angles: Remembering Michael Brecker with guest soloists Eli Degibri, Maria Grand, Chris Potter and Marcus Strickland. Chris Potter Circuits Trio with Eric Harland & James Francies will also perform at the Revolution Hall show. 2019 will mark what would have been Michael Brecker’s 70th birthday.

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Monterey Jazz Festival Announces 2019 Dates and Tour Details

The next edition of the Monterey Jazz Festival will take place from September 27 to 29 in 2019. Ticket renewals begin March 29 and end April 19. Over 500 artists will be performing nonstop on eight stages for three nights and two days of jazz at the 62nd Monterey Jazz Festival.

Before the next festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour features a top roster of diverse and international millennial talent, including Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals; Bria Skonberg, trumpet, vocals; Melissa Aldana, tenor saxophone; Christian Sands, piano and musical director; Yasushi Nakamura, bass, and Jamison Ross, drums, vocals. The tour dates run from March 15 to April 14.

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Darlene Chan To Receive The Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award

The Jazz Congress will present the 2019 Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award to Darlene Chan, a behind-the-scenes advocate for artists and music at large.

The Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award was created in 2014 in honor of the veteran record executive who was an industry trailblazer and tireless champion for countless jazz artists over the last four decades. The annual award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and vision in expanding the audience for jazz and who has made a real difference for the artists, the audience, and the music.

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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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