Steering Committee

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.

Meeting Dates
May 31 & June 1, 2008

Meeting Location
Best Western Chicago O’Hare
10300 W. Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Steering Committee Invitation Letter

Invitation to Steering Committee Meeting
Best Western Hotel, Chicago O’Hare
Rosemont, IL

 

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…

 

Sincerely Yours,

Dr. Lou Fischer and Mary Jo Papich
Organizers

 


Invited Guest List (81):
Due to scheduling conflicts, all were not able to attend.

Jamey Aebersold
Frank Alkyer
Ruben Alvarez
Doug Beach
Shelly Berg
Michael Blakeslee
John Blane
Bob Breithaupt
Maggie Brown
Roger Brown
Matt Carter
Phil Castleberry
Ndugu Chancler
Diane Chandler
Paul Chiaravelle
Craig Cornwall
Steve Crissinger
Orbert Davis
Sid Davis
Lauren Deutsch
Jose Diaz
Rick Dillard
Laura Lynn Douglas
Dick Dunscomb
J.B. Dyas
Kurt Elling
Ray Eubanks
Jon Faddis
Lou Fischer
Erika Floreska
Victor Goines
Larry Green
Dan Gregerman
Jarrard Harris
John Hasse
Steve Houghton
Mark Ingram
Chuck Iwanusa
Kevin Johnstone
Dave Kaiser
Michael Kenyon
Rick Kessler
Joe Lamond
Joel Leach
Sherrie Maricle
Gene Marlow
Eric Martin
Matt Marvuglio
Kevin Mayer
Larry McClellan
Scott McCormick
Chip McNeill
Nicole Mitchell
Bob Morgan
Eric Neimeyer
Ron Newman
Mary Jo Papich
Marco Pignataro
Larry Polk
Charlie Rath
Ellen Rowe
Paris Rutherford
Steve Saltzman
Harry Schipper
Judy Shafer
Bruce Silva
Bob Sinicrope
Doug Snapp
Andrew Surmani
Christine Taylor
Neil Tesser
Jerry Tolson
Julie Traenkenschuch
Greg Ward
Jim Warrick
Gene Wenner
Rodney Whitaker
Darryl White
Jim Widner
Sunny Wilkinson
John Wittman

Steering Committee Attendees

Organizers (2):

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

Facilitators (3):

Bob Breithaupt
Executive Director Jazz Arts Group of Columbus; Professor of Music/Performance Chair, Capital University. Columbus, OH

Matt Carter
Vice President of Strategic Development, Music Crossroads/Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association, Indianapolis, IN

Gene Wenner
President, Arts & Education Consultants, Pittsfield, MA

Steering Committee (29):

Frank Alkyer
Publisher, Downbeat Magazine, Elmhurst, IL

Ruben Alvarez
Professional Musician/Percussion Artist; President, Astro Latino Productions, Chicago, IL

Doug Beach
President, Doug Beach Music; Professor of Music/Director of Jazz Studies, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL

John Blane
Chicago Jazz Ensemble/Trombone; Faculty, Roosevelt University; Highland Parks Cultural Arts Commission, Highland Park, IL

Paul Chiaravalle
Vice President/Chief of Staff, Columbia College, Chicago, IL Steve Crissinger – Co-owner, 12 Points Graphics & Apparel, Columbus, OH

Steve Crissinger

Pickerington, OH

Orbert Davis
Artistic Director/Co-Founder Chicago Jazz Philharmonic; Director of Jazz Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Sid Davis
Group Publisher, Symphony Publishing/JazzEd Magazine, Boston, MA

Ken Druker
Manager of Public Programming, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

J.B. Dyas
Vice President, Education & Curriculum Development, Thelonius Monk Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Dick Dunscomb
Director of Jazz Studies, Columbia College, Chicago, IL; Past President, International Association for Jazz Education

Dan Gregerman
Choral Director/Vocal Jazz Instructor, Niles North High School, Skokie, IL

Jarrard Harris
Director, Thelonius Monk Institute, Chicago; Faculty, Highland Park HS; Chicago Jazz Ensemble/Saxophone, Chicago, IL

Mark Ingram
Executive Director/Co-Founder, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Chicago, IL

Chuck Iwanusa
Fine Arts, Jazz Studies Director, Mott Community College, Flint, MI; Past President, International Association for Jazz Education; Founder Jazz Alliance International

Michael Kenyon
Executive Director Percussive Arts Society, Indianapolis, IN

Rick Kessel
Publisher, Symphony Publishing/JazzEd Magazine, Boston, MA

Joel Leach
Director of Jazz Studies, California State Northridge University, Northridge, CA; Past President International Association for Jazz Education

Kevin Maher
Chairman/President Downbeat Magazine, Elmhurst, IL

Eric Martin
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Music For All, Inc./Bands of America/Orchestras of America, Indianapolis, IN

Scott McCormick
Chief Executive Officer/President, Music For All, Inc./Bands of America/Orchestras of America, Indianapolis, IN

Ellen Rowe
Chair of Jazz Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Paris Rutherford
Professor of Music/Voice, University of North Texas, Denton, TX Bruce Silva – Vice President, Buffet Crampon Manufacturing Inc., Jacksonville, FL

Doug Snapp
Artistic/Executive Director, JazzMN Jazz Arts Organization, Professor of Music/Director of Jazz Studies, University of Minneapolis, MN

Judy Shafer
Director of Education, Jazz Arts Group, Columbus, OH

Andrew Surmani
Chief Marketing Officer, Alfred Music, Van Nuys, CA and Assistant Professor, Music Industry Studies, California State University, Northridge

Julie Traenkenschuh
Band Director, Woodruff High School; Jazz Director, Peoria All Stars, Peoria, IL

Neil Tesser
Former National Trustee/President Chicago Chapter, NARAS; Programming Committee, Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL

Greg Ward
Musician/Composer Chicago, IL

Jim Widner
Bassist/Director Widner Jazz Camps; Coordinator of Jazz Studies, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO