October 5, 2018

Thoughts On Education

“Thoughts On Education” by Todd Stoll Some thoughts on jazz education… By one publishing professional’s count, there were nearly 1,000 method books, solo transcriptions, and play alongs available on the subject of improvisation, the great secret as one might say, to “jazz”. And since the beginning of the “Second Wave” jazz education movement (roughly 1965-1995) […]

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September 5, 2018

Ancestral Instinct

“Ancestral Instinct” by Todd Stoll Aretha Franklin, another great master of American music and arts, has passed.  With that comes the important moments spent contemplating not only her place in the continuum of our culture, but also her connection to and influence on jazz and jazz education.  For many decades, jazz and popular music were […]

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August 5, 2018

In the Spirit Of Swing

IN THE SPIRIT OF SWING by Todd Stoll Scrolling through my Facebook feed, dodging political posts (nearly impossible these days…) I am inspired and heartened by the number of gigs, especially big band gigs, my “friends” are playing (FB “friends” being a fluid definition). It appears that there are active big bands in nearly every […]

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July 8, 2018

Don’t Run From the Swing!

Welcome to the Jazz Education network! This is my first note as President, and I am thrilled to be of service to this music that we love and the inspired group of educators, fans, students, and artists that compose our growing community.  It goes without saying that I stand on the shoulders of the previous […]

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June 6, 2018


AT LAST! by Caleb Chapman And just like that, two years is over. Like most milestones in our lives, the conclusion of my service as JEN president was a day that often felt like it would never come, yet here we are. A year ago I reported to you that as a board, we were […]

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