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Jazz: Not Just Another Four-Letter Word At APAP/NYC

March 23, 2011

At APAP/NYC 2011 a global conference presented by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), January 7-11, 2011 at the Hilton New York, and themed “Vision 2021” jazz, “America’s classical music,” as the late Dr. Billy Taylor coined it, was very present: among jazz journalists and APAP members at several sessions, with jazz agents/exhibitors in […]

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The Jazz Academy: Bringing Jazz to the People

October 28, 2009

Columbus Jazz Orchestra at the Lincoln Theatre. The Jazz Art Group was formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1973 and is America’s oldest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing, and promoting jazz. Within the organization is the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, boasting the largest subscriber base of any jazz orchestra in the country. In addition to […]

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New England Conservatory Celebrates 40 Years of Jazz Studies

September 14, 2009

Gunther coaching a rehearsal in Brown Hall (All photos: Andrew Hurlbut/NEC) In 1969, the New England Conservatory became the first music conservatory to offer an accredited Jazz Studies program. The program was the brainchild of jazz historian, composer, musician, and then Conservatory president, Gunther Schuller. “I thought it was outrageous that there were no music […]

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Inside An Essentially Ellington Clinic

May 3, 2007

Essentially Ellington, the jazz education program run by Jazz at Lincoln Center, holds an annual competition in which high school bands submit recordings of Duke Ellington’s material in hopes of being selected a finalist.The 15 schools honored with this distinction travel to NYC to perform at the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition Festival […]

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