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The JAZZed Magazine Education Newsletter

NAMM Announces that Some “Believe in Music Week” Online Content is Still Available

NAMM announced that while its Believe in Music Week online portal has officially closed as of Feb. 28, some of the educational and entertainment content lives on, and those interested in accessing on-demand articles and videos can do so by going to NAMM is planning on welcoming attendees in person at its next major event, Summer NAMM, July 15–17, 2021.

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PracticeFirst Teaming Up with Excelcia Music Publishing

To provide their subscribers with a robust selection of educational content, music software company MusicFirst has entered into a new collaboration with educational music publisher, Excelcia Music Publishing. This joint effort allows MusicFirst customers who have subscribed to their performance assessment software, PracticeFirst, to access Excelcia Music Publishing’s concert band, orchestra and choral titles in the app at no additional cost.

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Maria Schneider and the NEC Jazz Orchestra to Perform on March 10

Multi-Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider and the NEC Jazz Orchestra will perform on March 10. Schneider has also been working with NEC students recently through Grow Your Art, a collaborative music and business residency and performance series on March 2, 3 & 4.

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Author Eugene Marlow is Completing Documentary on Jazz in China

Dr. Eugene Marlow, who served as president of media production company Media Enterprises Inc. over a quarter of a century, says he’s in the final stages of editing a feature-length documentary about the hundred-year history of “Jazz in China” based on his 2018 book of the same name.

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DC Jazz Festival’s “OutLoud!” Event Set for March 11; Human Rights Campaign Foundation Joins as Collaborative Partner

DC Jazz Festival and the Embassies of Finland and Sweden in Washington, D.C. are hosting a panel on LGBTQI+ experiences in the music industry. They also noted that the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF) has been added as a collaborative partner.

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Artist Lineup Announced for Sixth Annual BRIC Jazzfest; Virtual Event Set for April 8-10

BRIC announced the artist lineup for the 2021 BRIC JazzFest. Performers include Roy Ayers, Meshell Ndegeocello, Robert Glasper, Keyon Harrold, Phony Ppl, Nikara Warren, Justin Hicks, Nate Smith x Van Hunt, and MAE.SUN. The event, hosted by Keanna Faircloth, takes place online at from April 8-10.

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Ten U.S. Schools Named ‘Yamaha Institutions of Excellence’

Yamaha has named 10 colleges and universities to its inaugural Yamaha Institution of Excellence program. They include: Auburn University, Berklee College of Music, Crane School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Holland College of Arts and Media, The New School, Thornton School of Music, University of Alabama in Huntsville, University of Kentucky School of Music, and University of North Texas.

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Applications To Perform or Present at JEN’s 13th Annual Conference Now Open

The Jazz Education Network (JEN) invites those who are interested in performing or presenting at the group’s 13th annual conference to apply. The conference is set for Jan. 5-8, 2022.

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Wenger Corporation Announces Campaign to Thank Music Educators for their Efforts during Pandemic

Wenger Corporation announced a "thank you" campaign to recognize the creative efforts made by music educators to keep the music alive during the Covid-19 pandemic. Toward that end, Wenger is asking people to nominate an educator by March 12 to be highlighted and for a chance to win several prizes.

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In Memoriam: Laurie Austin

The Retail Print Music Dealers Association (RPMDA) shared the sad news about the passing of RPMDA past president Laurie Austin at her home in Portland, OR, on Feb. 22. Austin also served on the RPMDA board for many years.

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Godin Montreal Premiere HT Trans White

Godin Guitars is proud to announce the launch of the Montreal Premiere HT Trans White as part of its high-quality electric lineup. This is a vibrant and versatile guitar for jazz, blues and rock players alike.

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Gamechanger Audio Launches Light Pedal – Optical Spring Reverb

Gamechanger Audio’s latest product Light Pedal is now available online and across all dealer channels. The LIGHT Pedal uses the Optical Spring reverb system developed by the company and opens doors to some new, unheard analog effects like optical reverb tremolo, optical reverb modulation, feedback and optical harmonic shimmer.

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Levy’s Introduces a New Look to the Guitar Hanger and Expands its Strap Line

Levy’s released a new line of forged metal guitar hangers, expanded its infamous Right Height strap line and introduced new sublimation straps. The forged steel hangers by Levy’s safely support most stringed instruments, including electric, acoustic and bass guitars. Levy's also expanded its unique vegan line with the addition of four hemp straps.

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‘My Life in Percussion: Five Decades in the Music Products Industry’ from Rebeats

Rebeats announces the forthcoming release of My Life in Percussion: Five Decades in the Music Products Industry, the memoir of Karl Dustman’s fifty-five years in the music products industry becoming available in late spring of 2021.

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Events Calendar

Upcoming Online Events:

New Bedford Winter Jazz Fest Set for March 5-7. More Details 

Maria Schneider and the NEC Jazz Orchestra to Perform on March 10. More Details

DC Jazz Festival’s Virtual “OutLoud!” Event Set for March 11. More Details

Virtual BRIC Jazzfest Set for April 8-10. More Details




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In Closing…

JAZZed is an exclusive publication that aims to provide detailed coverage of material relevant to jazz educators, scholars, performers, and aficionados. Each issue features an in-depth editorial profile on a successful jazz artist or educator, highlighting that individual’s approaches to teaching and playing jazz. Additionally, instructional columns outline performance methods, improvisation, repertoire, and recording techniques. JAZZed also provides coverage of significant international jazz festivals, new and upcoming album releases, and up-and-coming musicians. Thanks for joining us.

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