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Tough & Balanced Love

watch the video above or read the text below. Tough and Balanced Love: The Balance of Nurturing & Accountability This is a very deep message, as it is near and dear to my heart. And the reason it’s near and dear to my heart is that I’ve lost several mentors over the past few years […]

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Reflect, Assess & Project

Reflect, Assess & Project: Pandemic Crisis Presents an Opportunity for Jazz Artists to Assess Their Career Goals Who would have imagined a year ago that we’d be in a virtual quarantine due to a virus that’s spreading worldwide? I know I wouldn’t have. Plans for tours, projects, personal growth, etc. were all put on hold, […]

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JENX2021: Let’s Do This!

Dear Jazz Community,In a typical year, we would all be preparing to travel to a specific location to participate in our annual JEN conference. Buying flights, booking rooms, preparing to move a large number of students, educators, artists, scholars, and presenters is normally what happens around this time of year. As we all know, COVID-19 […]

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Jazz & The ‘Whys’ of Life

Jazz & The ‘Whys’ of Life by Sean Jones Sounds of elementary chit chat between Malaika and her friends about the newest moves on roblox. Brinae’s frantic typing as she prepares for a hectic week, gearing up for the first virtual Tapology Tap Festival. Phoebe’s dialogue transitioning frequently between “DaDas,” cries and laughter. All a […]

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Let’s Go Beyond The Classroom

Let’s Go Beyond The Classroom By Sean Jones In 6th grade, my band director Jessica Turner noticed that I was always the first student to arrive at band rehearsal. She also noticed that I’d be practicing sections of the book that were a bit further along than the other band kids. So, she decided to […]

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It’s Deeper Than The Notes

It’s Deeper Than The Notes by Todd Stoll   This is my final column as your JEN President, and while I am not inclined to reminisce about the past two years, I will miss these monthly missives. I find it that funny now, given I actually tried to get out of writing these. I asked […]

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Jazz in The Time of Corona

Jazz in the Time of Corona by Todd Stoll I am sure that none of us could have imagined how dramatically the world would have changed since my last missive. Nearly all of us are working from home, valiantly transferring our years of experience with face-to-face programming to an unknown and (for many) uncomfortable virtual […]

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Remembering Ellis Marsalis

Remembering Ellis Marsalis by Todd Stoll Reprint by Wynton Marsalis This has been a tough couple of months for our jazz community.  Between extreme economic uncertainty, social and physical isolation, and the passing of a number of beloved figures, it feels like one unbearable thing after another. I do thoroughly believe we will get through […]

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Some thoughts on jazz adjudication

Some thoughts on jazz adjudication… by Todd Stoll I attend a lot of jazz festivals…especially those for high school jazz bands, the Essentially Ellington program alone has 23 this year, and while I don’t attend all of them, I do get to many, as well as a few others. I am always equal parts inspired, […]

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Community

Community by Todd Stoll Let’s talk about “community.” Google defines community as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. Additionally, it is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. When I was young, about 11 or 12 […]

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