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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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2016 March
President’s Letter

Insights and Tips on JEN Conference Submissions and Board Selection Before I became involved with the JEN Board, I remember wondering about the procedures for applying and selection to perform or present at the conference and to become a Board member. This month’s President’s Message will hopefully offer you insights about JEN’s approach to these […]

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2015 June
President’s Letter

Greetings, As we launch into the warmer summer months, things are heating up for JEN in many regards. The JEN Conference performance and presentation offerings are currently being evaluated and processed. Great news! – we have once again received an extraordinary number of submissions from individuals and groups who are willing to volunteer their skill, […]

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2015 May
President’s Letter

Ever wonder about the inner workings of JEN’s selection processes for Board members, Officers and Conference Submissions? Before I became involved in JEN administrative duties, I always wondered how these decisions were made. I have been on both sides of the result in having the honor of performing and presenting at conferences and also having […]

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