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Guest Editorial

  • Jazz Revolution vs Radio Station Slashing Jazz

    Jazzed Magazine | September 21, 2012Nat Hentoff takes a look at radio station WGBH's recent decision to eliminate jazz programming from it's airwaves. Read More...
  • Who Invented the Swing Dance Band?

    Jazzed Magazine | July 24, 2012Dr Lee Evans takes an alternative look at exactly who created the Swing Dance Band. Read More...
  • Swing Era Jazz: Who Was Phineas Newborn, Jr.?

    Jazzed Magazine | January 9, 2012BY LEE EVANS Quite a few years ago, after having completed three years of undergraduate school at New York University, I was drafted into the U.S. Army and served a mandatory two-year stint. After completing four months of basic training and band training at New Jersey’s Fort Dix, I was stationed for the remaining time […] Read More...
  • Guest Editorial: Where are the Girls?

    Jazzed Magazine | September 20, 2011by Dr. Ariel Alexander To those of us who teach at the junior high, high school or collegiate level, it is no secret that boys and young men are participating in instrumental jazz at a far greater level than girls and young women. I’ve spent the last four years in the quest to answer two very […] Read More...
  • Like, Cool!

    Jazzed Magazine | July 26, 2011To me the two most dissonant English language words, at least as they are spoken by many of my college students, are the ubiquitous ‘like’ and ‘cool’. My ears are constantly assailed by these utterances and they distract me to such an extent that I can barely concentrate on the sentences in which they appear with such regularity. Read More...
  • Washington’s Best Kept Military Secret

    Jazzed Magazine | September 24, 2010Groucho Marx is credited with the observation that military justice is to justice as military music is to music. Clearly, the great comedian never heard the US Army Blues, or its sister jazz big bands the Navy Commodores, the Airmen of Note, and the Jazz Ambassadors; for if he had, this chestnut might never have […] Read More...
  • Jazz Education Network: Our Network is growing#149;

    Jazzed Magazine | May 13, 2010A MESSAGE FROM JEN PRESIDENT MARY JO PAPICH “We, the practitioners of this precious art form, have an enormous responsibility to stay true to the core values of jazz and the great players, composers, educators, and audiences who gave the best of their lives to this music — are expecting us to take it forward.” […] Read More...
  • Melodic Embellishment and Ornamentation in Jazz

    Jazzed Magazine | March 24, 2010In the last issue of JAZZed, I discussed techniques of melodic development in jazz improvisation for the benefit of the aspiring jazz musician. These included repetition and sequence, plus repetition and sequence in altered forms such as rhythmic diminution, intervallic diminution, rhythmic augmentation, intervallic augmentation, fragmentation, complete melodic alteration, rhythmic shift, retrograde, melodic inversion, retrograde […] Read More...
  • 25 of the Best Big Band Recordings of All Time!

    Jazzed Magazine | March 26, 2009Big bands are, for many college and university jazz programs in the U.S. Canada, the cornerstone of the curriculum. They are also one of the primary recruiting tools for most jazz programs and for many Schools of Music. Jazz programs in schools like the University of North Texas, the University of Miami, McGill University, Florida […] Read More...
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