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2015 January
President’s Letter

In 2008, in the wake of a void, some courageous, forward looking lovers of jazz and jazz education gathered in a Chicago airport motel to discuss the creation of an organization to serve jazz education. Led by Mary Jo Papich and Lou Fischer, the 37 attendees hammered out bylaws, a mission statement, and a name. […]

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2014 December
President’s Letter

Seasons Greetings! It is hard to believe we are five weeks away from the largest jazz gathering in the world at the 6thAnnual Jazz Education Network Conference in San Diego, January 7-10, 2015 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt! JAZZ is emphasized with a guaranteed plethora of styles to fit your taste among the 80+ concerts on our […]

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2014 November
President Elect Letter

‘Tis the Season… to Network and be Inspired By Caleb Chapman JEN President-Elect, Educator, Musician As we approach the end of the year, we enter my favorite season. The weather gets colder and we begin to prepare for a variety of holidays, travel, gift giving, and resolutions for a new year. Most importantly, it is […]

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2014 October
President’s Letter

Dear JEN friends, Our Jazz Education Network Founders were very wise in choosing the name of our organization. By using the word Network in our title, they had a vision of how communication has and continues to evolve and they set a path that acknowledges the changes in how we interact. JEN was founded to […]

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2014 August
President’s Letter

Dear JEN friends, It is a pleasure to greet you as your new JEN President. I am both honored and humbled at the opportunity to serve our organization and promise to dedicate myself to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences. I want to acknowledge Andrew Surmani for […]

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