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Making History

March 23, 2011

The history of jazz is a subject that many accomplished writers and producers have tackled, some with significantly greater success than others. Besides actual recorded performances, there have been numerous methods of documenting this art, from books, periodicals, and essays, to movies and documentaries. Some of the great efforts in this area have included Ted […]

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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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Marketing the Music

November 19, 2010

The drummer is the president as he’s the loudest one in the group. The bassist is the judiciary as he addresses the harmony and the rhythm, and the piano and rhythm section is the legislature represents all of the notes and all of the keys. They all work together by listening to one another.” These […]

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String Players in Jazz

September 24, 2010

In the past, with the exception of the bass, there had been relatively few opportunities for string players to get a full education focused on jazz. Although there have been some stellar string players in jazz, they have been in relatively small numbers compared to those in the classical genre. According to the Web site […]

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Today’s Well Rounded Musician

July 9, 2010

When Shelton Berg, this month’s featured educator, performed at the recent JEN conference at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, it was as though he was being propelled up from the piano bench and wanted to bring the keyboard out in front of the audience to help launch them into the music. His energy […]

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First Annual JEN Conference

May 13, 2010

This issue of JAZZed marks a major milestone for our friends at the Jazz Education Network (JEN), as we have proudly partnered with them to help launch the first annual JEN Conference at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. This undertaking took an extraordinary amount of effort by the all-volunteerboard, and much of the […]

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Listening and Learning

June 21, 2007

My wife and I inadvertently happened upon an outdoor dress rehearsal of the Boston Pops for their Fourth of July concert several years ago, while walking along the Charles River in Boston. Needless to say, we were thrilled when Arturo Sandoval stepped up to the stage to run through some of the pieces he was […]

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May 3, 2007

A recent show on the ESPN television network featured a roundtable discussion with several famous veteran football players from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.The conversation focused, among other topics, on the use of weights and training, and whether their widespread use made the players of today better than the players of yesteryear.One of the […]

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