The annual JEN conference is our Flagship Program. Held every January, this prestigious conference is a gathering of all jazzers – artists, educators, enthusiasts – who come to the conference to listen, learn, teach, perform. It’s the best gathering of the year!


The JENerations Jazz Festival runs concurrently with the Annual JEN Conference. Our pilot program began in 2012 and with each passing year we have added space for MORE ensembles to participate, with a total of 3 venues. More than 800 elementary, middle, junior high, high school, community and college musicians of all ages participate in this exciting weekend of jazz each year!

We invite YOU to add your ensemble name to this ever-growing list! Join us in this enriching event where world-class education is delivered in a totally non-competitive, nurturing environment to your students!

The Young Composer Showcase spotlights young jazz composers, giving students an opportunity to have an original composition recognized and performed at an International level.

In an effort to support JEN’s overall commitment to represent and cultivate diversity and inclusion in jazz, the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Women in Jazz Committee has re-established the Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Combo Competition. Through this exemplary program, full-time university students identifying as young women or non-binary jazz artists ages 18-29 will audition and be selected to perform in the Sisters in Jazz quintet.


JEN’s award program has been in existence since the organization’s first year. Each year, we proudly recognize the talented and hardworking students and educators who have made an impact on jazz.

It is our honor and privilege to be able to extend these awards each year to deserving educators and artists.



JEN’s scholarship program has been in existence since the organization’s first year and remains an important benefit to the members and students we serve.


With eight scholarships awarded each year, we proudly recognize talented, hardworking, aspiring students with a passion for jazz. We also offer a number of additional programs that help fund and support jazz education.


Research at JEN is in full swing! We have a healthy and robust research arm, with educators and professionals continually making relevant contributions. The annual conference has a full day dedicated only to research; posters and sessions are available to all attendees, with the research posters being made available online for later viewing.


JEN also publishes the yearly journal, Jazz Education in Research and Practice. Thoughtful articles and essays on a variety of subjects related to jazz will satisfy the craving to know and learn more about jazz. If you want to get in the weeds of jazz, the journal is a must!


Started in 2020, as a pivot to the COVID-19 pandemic, JEN’s online events have become a staple in the JEN diet! Our monthly research webinars are educational and informative. JEN members have an opportunity to be in the Zoom room with our webinar guest, interact and ask questions. Other webinars include guests such as JEN Young Composers, Sisters in Jazz, and other well-known artists and educators. Subjects range from how to apply to perform or present at the annual conference, to panel discussions on improvisation, theory, and racial harmony in the jazz world. 

All webinars become part of our ever-growing Resource Library, which JEN members can access 24/7 through the membership portal.


Thanks to a generous grant from the Herb Alpert Foundation, we present JAZZ2U – the Jazz Education Network’s commitment to jazz outreach.

Eligible JEN members can apply for a $300 or $500 grant to assist in funding a speaker, clinician, or performer, at any event that will bring jazz to new or existing audiences via schools, community centers, performances or “informances” by quality performers and advanced educators.

charlotte lang

Swiss/Dutch saxophonist Charlotte Lang was born in 1996 in Basel and studied the bachelor and master program at the JAZZCAMPUS Basel under the guidance of Domenic Landolf and Daniel Blanc. She is currently studying the Master of Music in Global Jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston under the artistic direction of Danilo Pérez. In addition she is part of Terri Lyne Carrington’s Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.


From 2015 to 2018, Charlotte she was a member of the Swiss National Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Christian Muthspiel. Since 2020, she became a member of the German National Youth Jazz Orchestra (Bundesjazzorchester Deutschland), under the direction of Niels Klein and Ansgar Striepens. She also plays is the Austrian FJO (Frauen Jazz Orchester→Women Jazz Orchestra of Austria).


In 2021, Charlotte founded her own Quintet the „Charlotte Lang Group“, for what she is composing, arranging and booking. In the fall 2023, her first album will be recorded and hopefully released by a renowned label.


Charlotte plays in the “Swiss Jazz Orchestra” and the “Zurich Jazz Orchestra”, the two professional Big Bands of Switzerland.

Charlotte recently got the unique opportunity to write a monthly blog for the Swiss Jazz & Blues Magazine called JAZZTIME, to tell readers about her time at abroad and specifically her time at Berklee. Her graduate program lasts only until the summer of 2023. She hopes to stay in the United States to enlarge her network and build her musical career.