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Listening 101

Jazz Listening 101: A Primer For Students Of Exemplary Songs Of the Genre by Dr. David Fodor I was recently asked by a friend for a good online jazz listening resource that covered a broad range of history of the music and featured its best exemplars.  I jumped at the chance to create such a […]

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How to Maximize the Jazz Festival Experience

How to Maximize the Jazz Festival Experience By Caleb Chapman, Educator, JEN Vice President Maximizing ensemble growth at a jazz festival involves so much more than just rehearsing music! This article is will help you create the best possible festival experience for you and your students. MUSICAL PREPARATION Showcase the Strengths of the Ensemble A […]

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The Journey through Jazz: HKIED Jazz Ensemble

The Journey through Jazz: Hong Kong Institute of Music (HKIED) Jazz Ensemble at the 5th JEN Conference By Dr. Sheung-Ping Lai, Hong Kong Institute of Education The HKIED Jazz Ensemble and I were invited to perform and to give a presentation at the 5thJEN Conference in Dallas in January 2014. It was a great honor for […]

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Collective Improvisation and Ear Training in Big Band 

Collective Improvisation in Big Band Dr. John Reynolds  One of the real challenges a big band director faces in daily rehearsal is how to get all students improvising. Truthfully, Jazz ensembles in which each member is a proficient improviser swing harder because each individual has done so much listening. Let’s face it though, not every […]

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Set & Setting in the Combo Room: Part 1

Set & Setting in the Combo Room By Hal Galper PART ONE: SETTING The Combo Room Is Part Of Your Instrument. “Set & Setting” is a phrase borrowed from the 60’s. In this instance “set“ means the state of mind of the student during an event and “setting“ means the environment within which the event […]

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How to Establish or Jumpstart Your Jazz Program

How to Establish a Jazz Program, and Ideas to Jumpstart Your Existing Program By Steve Holley, Educator and JEN Membership Committee Chair As the chair of the JEN Membership Committee, I spent a good amount of my time at our conference sitting down and asking you, our members, what resources you would like to see […]

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Drum & Rhythm Section Performance Tips

Drum & Rhythm Section Performance Tips: Understanding and Executing the Tune by Marvin Sparks Tunes (Examples) Straight Ahead: Medium Tempo: “Take The A-Train” – Duke Ellington (Sonny Greer) Up-Tempo: “Milestones” – Miles Davis (Philly Joe Jones); “Impressions” – John Coltrane (Elvin Jones) Latin/Samba: “Blue Bossa” – Dexter Gordon (Al Foster) Funk: “Chameleon” – Herbie Hancock (Harvey Mason) […]

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The Big Band Music of David Baker

The Big Band Music of David Baker by Monika Herzig We recently lost one of our jazz legends, David Baker, but his legacy continues. The stories, tributes, and pictures that were shared in the Remembering David Baker Facebook group speak volumes about his impact on the jazz community worldwide and beyond.  In addition, major publications all over […]

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Latin Percussion Applications in Jazz Band

Latin Percussion Applications in the Jazz Band By Victor Rendón Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and other “world” instruments have always been played in the context of popular music and jazz groups including jazz bands in colleges. Often, this area of drumming is neglected in an educational setting leaving the student to attempt to come up with something […]

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Rhythm Section In Vocal Jazz

Instructing the Rhythm Section In a Vocal Jazz Ensemble by Rosana Eckert The addition of a rhythm section (typically piano, bass, drums, and sometimes guitar) to a jazz choir greatly expands repertoire choices, enhances the ensemble’s stylistic possibilities, and helps take the choir even more deeply into the jazz idiom.  This added element can sometimes […]

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