New Orleans

Attend the 11th annual conference!

January 8-11, 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana

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.

Hundreds of talented performers

beginners to professionals

Jazz Industry & Music Business Symposium l Performances l Workshops l Panel discussions l Research presentations l JENerations Jazz Festival with live mentoring clinics



The big hang

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

Photo by Chérie Hansson

2019 JEN Conference Schedule

Check out last year’s star-studded lineup!

Wednesday - January 9

9:00 am – 3:30 pm 

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


6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

JENeral Session

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Inspirations Stage)

3Divas Sherrie Maricle, Amy Shook, Jackie Warren & Alexa Tarantino
M-Pact with Bill Evans
Folsom HS Jazz Band I with Wayne Bergeron, Curtis Gaesser-director

11:00 pm – 12:00 am (Visions Stage)

Dave Slonaker Big Band

11:30 pm – 1:30 am

Pro Jam Network Hang

12:00 am – 1:30 am

JENerations Jam Sessions

Thursday - January 10

9:00 am – 6:00 pm 

Performances, Clinics, Research, Meetings and JENerations Jazz Festival


5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

Exhibitors WELCOME! for all attendees!(Cash Bar)

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Inspirations Stage)

Dena DeRose Trio with Martin Wind & Matt Wilson
Rahsaan Barber Quintet wing 2019 LeJENd of Latin Jazz Alex Acuna
Miguel Zenón and the NEC Jazz Orchestra, Ken Schaphorst-director

11:00 pm – 12:00 am (LeJENds Stage)
Teagarden Jazz Festival Clinicians Band with Wycliffe Gordon

11:30 pm – 1:30 am

Pro Jam Network Hang

12:00 am – 1:30 am

JENerations Jam Sessions

Friday - January 11

9:00 am – 7:00 pm 

Performances, Clinics, Research, Meetings and JENerations Festival

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Exhibits Open

JEN Scholarship Concert

Inspirations Stage

7:00 pm – Doors (Cash Bar)

7:30 pm – Concert featuring the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

Jerome Jennings, Director

Guest Artists: Chad Lefkowitz Brown, Rodney Whitaker, Sean Jones, Peter Erskine, Alex Acuña and more!

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  Additional Fee for Conference Attendees   l   

$85  Registration Fee for Non-Registered
(Includes 9-12 Evening Concert Registration)


*Following Performances OPEN to ALL Conference Attendee Badge Holders*

9:00 pm – 11:00 am (Inspirations Stage)

Brubeck Institute Jazz Quartet with John Fedchock, Patrick Langham-  director
U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors with Roxy Coss

11:00 pm – 12:00 am (New Voices Stage)
AAJC/HBCU Ensemble: North Carolina Central University Vocal Jazz Ensemble with Antonio Hart, Lenora Helm Hammonds-director

11:30 pm – 1:30 am

Pro Jam Network Hang

12:00 am – 1:30 am

JENerations Jam Sessions

Saturday - January 12

9:00 am – 7:00 pm 

Performances, Clinics, Research, Meetings and JENerations Festival

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Exhibits Open

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sonic Paragon with Dr. Ryan Nielsen
Sean Jones and The Peabody Conservatory Jazz Faculty
Bob Mintzer and the New York Voices Meeting of Minds with the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra

11:30 pm – 1:30 am

Pro Jam Network Hang


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 free!
  2. JEN Youth Members may attend the conference at a Special Student Registration Rate if accompanied by a chaperone over 18 (documentation required).

A gathering of friends


Thank you!

2019 Conference Sponsors

The Jazz Education Network annual conference is made possible by hundreds of volunteers and the sponsors listed below.

2019 Associate Sponsor

Thank you!

2019 Conference Sponsors

The Jazz Education Network annual conference is made possible by hundreds of volunteers and the sponsors listed below.

2019 Associate Sponsor


2019 Associate Sponsor

Berklee College of Music


2019 Associate Sponsor

Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation

Music For All

JENerations Jazz Festival

presented in partnership with

Music For All


Jazz Times


Interested in advertising in the show guide?

JEN Annual Conference ShowGuide Ads are handled directly through the JazzTimes magazine company as the publisher of this year’s JEN Program Book.

Contact JazzTimes Media Solutions Manager for advertising rates, quotes and deadlines:

 Bob Beucler

(617) 279-0189


Deadline for guaranteed inclusion in the conference show guide is November 30th.

Preview Rate Card

Photo below by Chérie Hansson

Future JEN Conferences

Future Conference Dates and Locations

12th Annual Conference
Jan 6-9, 2021
Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham (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)

15th Annual Conference
Jan 5-8, 2024
Hyatt Regency (New Orleans, LA)

16th Annual Conference
Jan 3-6, 2025
Hyatt Regency (Atlanta, GA)




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, ckruer@HPNglobal.com 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

“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.”


Photo by Chérie Hansson

Photo below by René Huemer

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