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.
May 31 & June 1, 2008
Best Western Chicago O’Hare
10300 W. Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Invitation to Steering Committee Meeting
Best Western Hotel, Chicago O’Hare
May 31 & June 1, 2008
To all Dream Team members….
We appreciate your interest in being proactive in filling the void left in jazz education created recently.
As discussed with most of you by this point, we have been hard at work researching, pulling together, and formulating ideas related to creating a NEW organization. We feel it is important to articulate to each of you that this is not a rebirth of, nor a reformation of the old organization. This is by design, a NEW venture in support of jazz and jazz education.
FYI, an effort has been made to balance the attendees at the organizational meetings to include academic representatives, industry representatives, artist representatives; people with business experience, legal expertise, not for profit management experience, et al. We feel very comfortable, excited and proud of the prestigious group of individuals we have assembled. Your generous gift of time, commitment, expertise, and personal $ to this monumental task will be appreciated by many in the years to come! We look forward to meeting all of you and creating what we truly believe will be the world’s leading jazz education network.
We plan to meet on Saturday, May 31st from 9am-5pm (evening if needed) and Sunday, June 1st from 9am-3pm. Please plan your airline flights accordingly. We recommend flying in on Friday evening and leaving on Sunday evening.
Please DO let us know you are coming! We need YOU! and are counting on YOU!
In continued support of jazz and jazz education we remain…
Dr. Lou Fischer and Mary Jo Papich
Invited Guest List (81):
Due to scheduling conflicts, all were not able to attend.
Laura Lynn Douglas
Mary Jo Papich
Dr. Lou Fischer
Professor of Music/Jazz Studies Chair, Capital University. Columbus, OH
Mary Jo Papich
Highland Park High School Fine Arts Chair, Highland Park, IL
Executive Director Jazz Arts Group of Columbus; Professor of Music/Performance Chair, Capital University. Columbus, OH
Vice President of Strategic Development, Music Crossroads/Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association, Indianapolis, IN
President, Arts & Education Consultants, Pittsfield, MA
Steering Committee (29):
Publisher, Downbeat Magazine, Elmhurst, IL
Professional Musician/Percussion Artist; President, Astro Latino Productions, Chicago, IL
President, Doug Beach Music; Professor of Music/Director of Jazz Studies, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
Chicago Jazz Ensemble/Trombone; Faculty, Roosevelt University; Highland Parks Cultural Arts Commission, Highland Park, IL
Vice President/Chief of Staff, Columbia College, Chicago, IL Steve Crissinger – Co-owner, 12 Points Graphics & Apparel, Columbus, OH
Artistic Director/Co-Founder Chicago Jazz Philharmonic; Director of Jazz Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Group Publisher, Symphony Publishing/JazzEd Magazine, Boston, MA
Manager of Public Programming, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Vice President, Education & Curriculum Development, Thelonius Monk Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Director of Jazz Studies, Columbia College, Chicago, IL; Past President, International Association for Jazz Education
Choral Director/Vocal Jazz Instructor, Niles North High School, Skokie, IL
Director, Thelonius Monk Institute, Chicago; Faculty, Highland Park HS; Chicago Jazz Ensemble/Saxophone, Chicago, IL
Executive Director/Co-Founder, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Chicago, IL
Fine Arts, Jazz Studies Director, Mott Community College, Flint, MI; Past President, International Association for Jazz Education; Founder Jazz Alliance International
Executive Director Percussive Arts Society, Indianapolis, IN
Publisher, Symphony Publishing/JazzEd Magazine, Boston, MA
Director of Jazz Studies, California State Northridge University, Northridge, CA; Past President International Association for Jazz Education
Chairman/President Downbeat Magazine, Elmhurst, IL
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Music For All, Inc./Bands of America/Orchestras of America, Indianapolis, IN
Chief Executive Officer/President, Music For All, Inc./Bands of America/Orchestras of America, Indianapolis, IN
Chair of Jazz Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Professor of Music/Voice, University of North Texas, Denton, TX Bruce Silva – Vice President, Buffet Crampon Manufacturing Inc., Jacksonville, FL
Artistic/Executive Director, JazzMN Jazz Arts Organization, Professor of Music/Director of Jazz Studies, University of Minneapolis, MN
Director of Education, Jazz Arts Group, Columbus, OH
Chief Marketing Officer, Alfred Music, Van Nuys, CA and Assistant Professor, Music Industry Studies, California State University, Northridge
Band Director, Woodruff High School; Jazz Director, Peoria All Stars, Peoria, IL
Former National Trustee/President Chicago Chapter, NARAS; Programming Committee, Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL
Musician/Composer Chicago, IL
Bassist/Director Widner Jazz Camps; Coordinator of Jazz Studies, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO