Esperanza Spalding And William Parker To Perform At Mind-Builders 40th Anniversary Gala

October 31, 2018

The Mind-Builders 40th Anniversary Gala at Lehman College in New York City will take place on November 3 this year and will include performances from Esperanza Spalding and William Parker. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. with a program that also features mini-performances from students and a Q&A between the artists and the audience. A VIP reception before the show at 5:30 also gives guests the chance to meet the artists.

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Berklee Names Perlak Chair Of The Guitar Department

Berklee has named Kim Perlak as chair of the Guitar Department. Perlak’s versatile and inclusive approach to the guitar embraces new American composition, along with education and public service. Perlak joined Berklee in 2013 as assistant chair of guitar. She becomes the first woman to chair the department, and only the fourth person to hold the position since the college added guitar as a principal instrument in 1962. Perlak now leads the college’s second largest instrument group with nearly 1,000 students.

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JEN Establishes Jamey Aebersold Endowed Scholarship

The Jazz Education Network (JEN) recently announced the establishment of the Jamey Aebersold Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded annually at the JEN Conference to a college student exhibiting genuine passion and dedication to jazz education. The scholarship is named after respected and acclaimed jazz educator Jamey Aebersold, whose more than fifty years of pioneering jazz education have impacted an immeasurable number of aspiring jazz players, students and teachers worldwide.

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TD James Moody Jazz Festival Returns This November

October 17, 2018

New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s seventh annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival (November 4-18) is packed with performances by today’s most listened-to luminaries on the jazz scene.

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Hamiet Bluiett 1940-2018

American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Hamiet Bluiett passed away on October 4, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 78. He is survived by two sons, Pierre and Dennis, two daughters, Ayana and Bridgett, a sister, Karen Ratliff, and eight grandchildren.

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Berklee Remembers Abercrombie With Signature Series Performance

In celebration of the late guitar virtuoso John Abercrombie (‘67), the Berklee Guitar Department paid tribute to his life, music, and memories with friends and longtime collaborators during a Signature Series performance.

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Jupiter Rewards Students at the John Coltrane Festival

October 3, 2018

Jupiter Band Instruments, member of the KHS America family of brands, has once again partnered with the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival’s student essay contest. This is the fifth consecutive year Jupiter Band Instruments have partnered with the festival.

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TIDAL Releases New Jazz Club Episode

TIDAL has released a new Jazz Club episode, featuring Orrin Evans, Fabian Almazan and Sullivan Fortner. Hosted and produced by Hans Schuman, the episode features an engaging roundtable with the musicians, where they discuss the importance of community, artistic individuality and creative curiosity.

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Tucson Jazz Festival Adds Poncho Sanchez To Lineup

The line-up for the 5th annual Tucson Jazz Festival, scheduled for Jan. 11 to 21, 2019, now features Poncho Sanchez, who will be headlining the free Downtown Jazz Fiesta on Monday, January 21.

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Ira Sabin 1928-2018

Ira Sabin, founder of JazzTimes, passed away on September 12 in Rockville, Maryland.

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