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JEN in the Birthplace of Jazz

January 16, 2011

A stellar line-up of performers, a premier location, and a formidable board of directors… This is a trifecta for the relatively new JEN organization, which has launched a major conference in New Orleans for the jazz education community. Though there was some skepticism as to whether this highly ambitious undertaking could be pulled-off in such […]

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Jason Robinson

An assistant professor of Music at Amherst College, critically acclaimed saxophonist and composer Jason Robinson has just released three concurrent albums showcasing an enormous breadth of creative work: The Two Faces of Janus (Cuneiform), featuring a New York-based ensemble that includes Drew Gress, Liberty Ellman, George Schuller, Marty Ehrlich and Rudresh Mahanthappa; Cerulean Landscape (Clean […]

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January 2011

JEN Conference (Jan 5-8, 2011) Honoring Performance in the Birthplace of Jazz The 2011 theme of the Jazz Education Network’s 2nd Annual Conference, held in New Orleans, will be “Honoring Performance in the Birthplace of Jazz!” Twenty-seven student jazz ensembles will be in the city. Most of the groups will perform in concert on the […]

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Efficient Practice

Over many years of teaching, I have learned that the biggest challenges students face have to do with developing efficient practice techniques and learning how to be open and responsive while performing. My teaching at The University of North Florida and privately has taught me that these issues should be of the highest priority and […]

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Wally Gator Watson You Will Be Missed

Some years ago my students and I traveled to Moscow, Idaho to attend the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. We had worked hard to fund-raise over $15,000 in order to make the long trip from our island in Alaska, and were so excited to be there. We didn’t see many jazz headliners […]

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January 2011

December 7 Tony Addison He Is Love [Pacific Coast Jazz]Trish Clowes Tangent [Basho]David Cook Pathway [Brooklyn Jazz Underground]Masahiro Andoh Winter Songs [Sony]Doug Macdonald It’s A Blue World [Blujazz] Sara Mitra April Song [Impossible Ark]Sebastian Schunke Vida Pura [Timba]Sleep Walker Into the Sun [Jazzmin] December 14 Angelo Debarre Quartet Impromptu [Fremeaux Assoc.]Eddie Cano Eddie Cano At […]

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January 2011

Korg’s microKEY Korg’s microKEY USB Powered Keyboard and MIDI Controller offers a way to create a compact and customized MIDI command center. The microKEY features a built-in two-port hub to connect other controllers, computer peripherals or Korg nanoSERIES controllers for added flexibility and control of all the users software. Free editing software and a number […]

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Whatchamacallit – The Age of Ambiguity: An Apt Appellation

A Brief History Starting with the fifth century, every period in music history is identified by a specific name, except for the 20th century and beyond. The period stretching from roughly 400 to about 1400-50 is known today as the Medieval era also called the Middle Ages. The span from 1450 to 1600 is identified […]

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Transcribing A Score for Big Band

Sooner or later, a jazz composition student will be asked to transcribe a solo from an album as a way of honing and improving listening and writing skills. Despite two degrees in classical composition, I was never tasked, as a student, with this kind of assignment. Since graduating with an M.A. (composition) from Hunter College […]

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David Liebman: This is Not Something You Enter Lightly

One of the most stalwart torchbearers for jazz for both the music and the “message” David Liebman has been a hugely significant figure within the genre for over four decades. As a performer, he cut his teeth playing with Elvin Jones and Miles Davis (not too shabby!), before embarking on his own highly acclaimed solo […]

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