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Jazz: Music of Inclusion and Individuality

Jazz: Music of Inclusion and Individuality by Caleb Chapman I was surfing social media today and saw a CNN interview with iconic sports broadcaster, Bob Costas regarding the recent protests in the NFL and other professional sports. The interviewer said he appreciated Mr. Costas’ commentary on the situation and suggested he become more involved in […]

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Improvisers as Innovators

Improvisers As Innovators by Caleb Chapman, JEN President I spend an equal amount of time in my role as a business executive as I do playing, producing, and teaching music. As a matter of fact, I will admit that I am just as passionate about business as I am music. This dual-career aspect of my […]

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2016 December
President’s Letter

Building a Powerful Jazz Community For the Future! by Caleb Chapman It seems like just a few weeks ago I stepped into the role of JEN President. I blinked and now the 2017 conference is almost upon us! I can’t tell you all how excited I am to be inspired by all the performances, workshops, […]

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2016 November
President’s Letter

The Value Of Annual JEN Conferences by Jeff Coffin When I attended my first JEN Conference in New Orleans I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard it was just up and running the year before and that it was considered by some to be the ‘new IAJE’ but it was going to be […]

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2016 October
President’s Letter

THE HOTTEST TICKET IN NEW ORLEANS by Caleb Chapman (JEN President) Since becoming President of the Jazz Education Network a few months ago I am happy to tell you that I have been inundated by people asking how they can help. There is always a great need in the organization for people to volunteer and […]

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2016 September
President’s Letter

Takin’ Care of Business By Caleb Chapman A few years back I had the opportunity to perform at an event with the legendary musician, Randy Bachman (of Bachman Turner Overdrive) on one of his hits, “Takin’ Care of Business”. The song paints the picture of a musician “lying in the sun” and working “at nothing […]

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2016 August
President’s Letter

THE POWER OF A NETWORK by Caleb Chapman (JEN President) Over the last few years as I prepared to take on the role of JEN President, I informally questioned members about the most important aspect of JEN for them individually. I wanted to know what it was about their membership that brought them the most […]

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2016 July
President’s Message

How I Joined — and Eventually Became President Of — A Wonderful Organization called JEN by Caleb Chapman About seven years ago, after performing at the Puerto Vallarta Jazz Festival in Mexico, I found myself trapped on a whale watching boat for three hours with a woman named Mary Jo Papich. I tried to move to different parts of the […]

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2016 June
President’s Letter

“Transitions” Congratulations to everyone – June 1, 2016, is JEN’s 8th birthday!  We have come a long way in a short period and are eager to continue connecting and serving all areas relating to the jazz and jazz education communities. On July 1, 2016, JEN will welcome four new members to the JEN Board, two new […]

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2016 May
President’s Letter

Greetings, This month I’d like to address a few items I hope are of interest to you: Conference Submissions, Board Nominations, Officer Selections JEN is in the midst of making our annual major selections in three areas – conference submissions, board nominations and officer selections.  A year ago I shared with you the details of […]

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