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Jazz Education Network 8th Annual Conference

Jazzed Magazine • News • March 9, 2017

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The Jazz Education Network (JEN) successfully presented its 8th Annual Conference in New Orleans from January 4 – 7, 2017, to an audience of more than 4,000 attendees.

In addition, the conference’s First Annual Scholarship Concert raised upwards of $30,000 to directly benefit the organization’s new scholarship programs and initiatives.

“The overwhelming enthusiasm and positive feedback we received from attendees at this year’s conference is a testament to the global jazz community’s dedication to our mission of growing and promoting jazz education and performance,” said JEN President Caleb Chapman. “Each year we’ve seen an increase in the number of younger and ethnically diverse attendees who carry on this legacy, and we anticipate this trend continuing at our 9th annual conference in Dallas next January.”

The Conference, themed “  Celebrating 100 Years of Recorded Jazz,” featured GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist/recording artist   Kirk Whalum  as Keynote Speaker. Other participating world-class performers and presenters included Jeff Coffin, Branford Marsalis, Ramsey Lewis, Randy Brecker, Victor Wooten, Rashawn Ross, Stanton Moore, Johnny Vidacovich, TonyDagradi, JohnBeasley,DavidPaich, Kim Nazarian, and The Crescent Super Band. Activities included concerts, clinics, research presentations, panel discussions, master classes, and jam sessions/networking opportunities. The  JENerations Jazz Festival , which runs concurrently during the conference, also featured 42 performance clinics in which student participants received constructive critique from major artists from around the world.

The conference also recognized the JEN Young Composer Showcase selectees, who received mentoring sessions with professional composers, and whose original compositions were performed live by a professional music group. This year’s selectees reside in the Dominican Republic, Sweden, Austria, Brazil, China, England and The United States. Student recipients of JEN Scholarships and Awards were also recognized.

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