Annual Conference

January 3-6, 2018

Attend the 9th annual conference in Dallas, Texas!

Part music festival, part networking, part education and all inspiration. The annual conference hosts thousands of people from around the globe. Come for the music, stay for the hang.

Photos by René Huemer

Hundreds of talented performers

beginners to professionals

Jazz Industry & Music Business Symposium



Panel discussions

Research presentations

JENerations Jazz Festival with live mentoring clinics

And the Hang!


2018 Conference Schedule

Click above to see conference details.


Wednesday - January 3

9:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Jazz Industry and Music Business Symposium  (Click to learn more)

No registration needed. Open to all interested.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

JENeral Session

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The University of Miami Frost Septet with Rick Margitza & Randy Brecker

Lauren Kinhan Presents a Sleeping Bee – A Nancy Wilson Sonnet

Kris Berg & The Metroplexity Big Band with Chris Vadala & Kirk Whalum

11:00 pm – 12:00 am
The Afro Peruvian New Trends Orchestra

11:30 pm – 1:30 am

Pro Jam Network Hang

11:59 pm – 1:30 am

JENerations Jam Sessions

Thursday - January 4

9:00 am – 6:00 pm 

Performances, Clinics, Research, Meetings and JENerations Festival

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Exhibits Open

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

Exclusive Exhibitors Welcome for all attendees!(Cash Bar)

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
True North

Walter Smith III Trio

University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band with Jim Pugh, Ernie Watts & the Legendary Doc Severensen

11:00 pm – 12:00 am
The Dave Pietro Ensemble

11:30 pm – 1:30 am

Pro Jam Network Hang

11:59 pm – 1:30 am

JENerations Jam Sessions

Friday - January 5

9:00 am – 7:00 pm 

Performances, Clinics, Research, Meetings and JENerations Festival

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Exhibits Open


JEN Scholarship Concert

“JENerosity for the Future”

Guest Speaker: Marcus Miller

The University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band & Friends

See these artists, students & pros, together on one stage, for one night only!

7:00 pm – Mixer (Cash Bar)

7:30 pm – Concert

The JEN Scholarship Concert is a special evening of friends, music & philanthropy, raising funds for new scholarships and educational initiatives for students to study and explore their interests in jazz.

$25  Registered Conference Attendees   l   $85  Non-Registered Conference Attendees

Includes 9-12 Evening Concert Ticket



*Following Performances OPEN to ALL Conference Attendee Badge Holders/Ticket not required*

9:00 pm – 12:00 am

Grace Kelly Quartet

The U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note with Stefon Harris

11:00 pm – 12:00 am
Brasuka with Roseana Eckert

11:30 pm – 1:30 am

Pro Jam Network Hang

11:59 pm – 1:30 am

JENerations Jam Sessions

Saturday - January 6

9:00 am – 8:00 pm 

Performances, Clinics, Research, Meetings and JENerations Festival

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Exhibits Open

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Ben Markley Big Band with Terell Stafford and Jeff Hamilton

California State University Long Beach Pacific Standard Time

Bass Extremes featuring Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, DeRico Watson & Friends

11:30 pm – 1:30 am

Pro Jam Network Hang


“When I attended my first JEN conference in New Orleans I wasn’t sure what to expect. To say I was blown away by attending is an understatement.

The biggest thrill I get personally from going to JEN is interacting with the students and seeing old friends. I get to see some of my young friends too! Every year I meet some incredible new people at JEN and every year I come away inspired, thankful and full of new ideas on how to teach and share knowledge with others. I will continue to go to JEN every year my schedule allows.”


No boundaries to music

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm attending the JEN Conference as a performer and/or presenter. Do I need to purchase a Registration for the Conference?

If you are a performer, presenter or exhibitor, you do NOT need to purchase a registration.

But you will need a badge.

Watch your inbox in the fall for a link to badge registration.

  • Registration is complimentary for Presenters & Performers.
  • Presenters are defined as anyone accepted or assisting to present a paper, poster, clinic, or presentation in the Symposium.
  • Performers include anyone performing on a JEN stage or in the JENerations Jazz Festival.
  • There are Board set allotments for family, friends, and chaperones for complimentary registration as indicated in the

More details and answers to Frequently Asked Questions…

I wish to bring my son or daughter to the conference, but they are under 18. May I do that?

Yes you can!

  1. JEN has a Youth Membership (ages 12-17) for $25
  2. JEN Youth Members may attend the conference at a Special Student Registration Rate if accompanied by a chaperone over 18 (documentation required).

Promoting Performance

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Advancing Education

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Developing Audiences

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A gathering of friends

The big hang

Our annual conference brings together jazz beginners and experts for a once-in-a lifetime experience.

Future JEN Conferences

Future Conference Dates and Locations

9th Annual Conference
Jan 3-6, 2018
Hyatt Regency (Dallas, TX)

10th Annual Conference
Jan 9-12, 2019
Grand Sierra Resort (Reno, NV)

11th Annual Conference
Jan 8-11, 2020
Hyatt Regency (New Orleans, LA)

12th Annual Conference
Jan 6-9, 2021
The Galt House (Louisville, KY)

13th Annual Conference
Jan 5-8, 2022
Hyatt Regency (Dallas, TX)

14th Annual Conference
Jan 4-7, 2023
Grand Sierra Resort (Reno, NV)

How We Choose a JEN Conference Site

The Jazz Education Network Board has established a philosophical, practical and fiscally sound approach as we pursue conference locations.

Prior to 2013, we utilized a site review committee to make recommendations to the Board. Since 2013, JEN has utilized the Hospitality Performance Network (HPN), Casey Kruer, VP of Accounts, or (502) 819-8671 as our agent in locating comparable sites based on certain criteria. HPN has proven beneficial for us as they bring significantly more clout due to the number of clients in their collective portfolio and established relationships with all major hotels around the world.

JEN employs the following criteria when determining conference sites:

  • All activity under one roof. This limits JEN to 8-10 U.S. hotels with ample space to host our conference
  • Affordability of room rates to our membership (note pricing since inception):

2010: $75 • Hilton Airport Hotel, St. Louis/Site: University of MO St. Louis • May 23-2
2011: $150 • Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans, LA • Jan 5-8
2012: $115/$135 • The Galt House, Louisville, KY • Jan 4-7
2013: $119 • Hyatt Regency Peachtree, Atlanta, GA • Jan 2-5
2014: $139 • Hyatt Regency at Reunion, Dallas, TX • Jan 8-11
2015: $169 • Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA • Jan 7-10
2016: $115/$139 • The Galt House, Louisville, KY • Jan 6-9
2017: $169 • Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA • Jan 4-7
2018: $149 • Hyatt Regency, Dallas, TX • Jan 3-6
2019: $89/$109 • Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV • Jan 9-12
2020: $179 • Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA • Jan 8-11
2021: $127/$147 • The Galt House, Louisville, KY • Jan 6-9
2022: $179 • Hyatt Regency, Dallas, TX • Jan 3-6
2023: $99/$119 • Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV • Jan 4-7

  • Accessibility to our regional membership by air/drivability by car/bus
  • Mass Transit options from airports to hotel
  • Family friendly atmosphere & a location that is known to cater to student groups
  • Low attrition obligation (Hotels mandate that JEN sell a percentage of the room block in order to receive complimentary event space. Otherwise the event space is very expensive)
  • Low food & beverage obligation (Hotels mandate that JEN purchase a minimum of food and beverage that can be very expensive)
  • Generous Concessions to the organization which assist the organization with keeping the costs associated with producing the conference LOW!
  • Ability to bring the conference in at or under the established budget
  • Established 3-4 year rotation of conference sites to create familiarity with the venues for maintaining production and membership costs