Jazz Education Network

About Jen


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“To jazz or not to jazz… there is no question.”

—Louis Armstrong

JEN was founded in a spirit of celebration… celebrating music, celebrating community, and celebrating endless learning. Jazz isn’t just about performing. It’s about making music together. And we can only do this if we all join together in keeping the love and education of jazz alive.

Rooted in soul

We are proud to see how JEN has been thriving since day one. Together, we have grown to thousands of members across the United States and around the globe. Providing numerous performance resources, promoting educational outreach, and producing the largest performance/educational conference to the global jazz community, JEN has become the leader in networking students, educators and performers in this incredible musical art form.

JEN has helped serve the education community by providing thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving students, recognizing and showcasing new up-and-coming composers, and creating grants to help fund more performers and clinicians in local communities.

But this is only the beginning. We are looking forward to creating even more amazing member benefits for you in the upcoming years and working together to bring more jazz to more people.

Founding the network

In the Summer of 2008, a group of leaders in jazz joined together, organized by Mary Jo Papich and Dr. Lou Fischer, to dream up the organization that is now the Jazz Education Network (JEN). Their vision created JEN’s mission statement and paved the way for a global organization dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences.

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Learn more about JEN's history, its Co-Founders, and Founding/Charter members.

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Learn more about JEN's governance and operations.

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JEN Affiliates

Learn more about JEN's relationship with other like-minded organizations.

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