NEC’s Netsky Named to 2013 ‘Forward 50’ List

December 19, 2013

Hankus Netsky, Chair of NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation Department, cited for being a “mentor (to) generations of Jewish musicians” and “a quiet but powerful force affecting nearly every corner of contemporary Jewish music.”

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Finalists Announced for Grammy Educator Award

A total of 10 music teachers from ten cities across eight states have been announced as finalists for the first annual Music Educator Award(tm) presented by The Recording Academy® and the Grammy Foundation®

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Juilliard Names Marsalis Director of Jazz Studies

The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center recently announced that Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing & Artistic Director and a Juilliard alumnus, will become Director of Jazz Studies at Juilliard beginning July 1, 2014.

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New Boxed Set Celebrates Jazz in French New Wave Films

November 7, 2013

The debut release on Jazz on Film Records, French New Wave, kicks off with the first ever film score written by a serious jazz composer: the pianist John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) on an original recording known under its American cinema release title No Sun in Venice(Sait-on Jamais, 1957).

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Pioneering Basie Band Regular Frank Wess Dies at 91

Influential saxophonist and flutist Frank Wess, who performed with the Count Basie Orchestra throughout the ’50s and ’60s, died last week in Manhattan at the age of 91.

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Top 10 Music Schools Rated by Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter recently released its ranking of “America’s 10 Best Music Schools,” which it builds using a survey of academic and entertainment professionals including composers, arrangers, music supervisors, editors, and engineers.

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John Coltrane Memorial Concert Set for Nov. 23 in Boston

Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert will present “A Year of Jubilee: the 36th annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert,” with the New England Spiritual Ensemble and the John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble on Saturday, November 23.

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Bassist Eddie Gomez Awarded Honorary Berklee Doctorate in Spain

Legendary jazz bassist and Grammy Award-winner Eddie Gómez was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree by Berklee College of Music in Valencia.

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Jazz Vocal Vet Lenora Zenzalai Helm Launches “Vocal Jazz Online” And “The Vocal Musicianship Academy”

October 25, 2013

Vocalist Lenora Zenzalai Helm has created two new on-line programs for jazz vocal education: Vocal Jazz Online and its offshoot, The Vocal Musicianship Academy.

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Renowned Trumpeter Ralph Alessi And Saxophonist Brian Levy Join New England Conservatory Jazz Studies Faculty

New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Department has hired two renowned musicians to join the faculty: jazz trumpeter/composer Ralph Alessi who will teach trumpet and improvisation and jazz saxophonist Brian Levy who will teach both saxophone and music history and musicology.

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