April 7, 2020

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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March 5, 2020

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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February 6, 2020


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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December 30, 2019

Dave Brubeck: 20th Century American

Dave Brubeck: 20th Century American by Darius Brubeck December 6, 2020 is the 100th anniversary of Dave Brubeck’s birth in Concord, California. He died at his home in Wilton, Connecticut a day short of his 92nd birthday, having lived for most of the twentieth century. Visitors to the Jazz Education Network Annual Conference in New […]

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November 19, 2019


TEACHING IMPROVISATION by Todd Stoll As I meet with jazz educators around the country, my go to question is, “what is the one thing that would help you be more effective teaching our music”? Ninety percent of the time the response is, “how do I teach improvisation”? This question is always a bit puzzling to […]

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