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2021 President's Letters


The Protest

Greetings everyone, I’m going to do something a little bit different here. I’m going to take off my hat as the JEN president, and I’m going to speak to you as the educator, the performer, and the trumpet player, Sean Jones. I want to speak to you briefly about my idea of protest. For my […]

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Welcome To Higher Academia

 Greetings JEN family, We hope that you had a fantastic summer and we hope that you’re gearing up for the fall. Before I began this month’s Presidential message, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of our friends and family in the Gulf coast. And in New Orleans specifically, you’ve hosted us many […]

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The Balance of Mentorship

Greetings everyone. I’m Sean Jones, the President of the Jazz Education Network, and this is my June message.    I’ve been thinking a lot about mentoring as of late. And I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve been working with organizations like Carnegie hall, and I’ve had the opportunity to teach at schools like the Berklee […]

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Spring Into Resilience

Hello everyone. I’m Sean Jones, the President of the Jazz Education Network. And this is our May Presidential address. I hope that you are all enjoying a much needed break, if you’re ending the semester or winding down your activities in high school, middle school or wherever you are. For me, it’s a really wonderful […]

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Theory vs. Language

This is near and dear to my heart as all of my messages are. But I have to say that this one is really special to me because we’re dealing with not just the music and how it’s perceived by all, but how we project the music.  For a long time we’ve heard, and at […]

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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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