With Gratitude, To You

PresidentS' letters

Dear JEN Family,

As the dust settles on the incredible 2024 Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans, I’m filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude. This year’s event wasn’t just a conference; it was a landmark moment in our organization’s history, shattering conference records and solidifying our role as the premier network for jazz education globally.

From reuniting with colleagues in the halls of the Hyatt Regency to the electrifying evening performances and the sold out expanded JENerations Jazz Festival, your participation and dedication fueled an unforgettable week. It was indeed “About a Feeling”, with just under 4,000 attendees representing 15 countries, 46 states and 5 Canadian provinces, our largest Jazz Education Network conference to date. These figures are remarkable, but the beauty lies in the new and continued relationships forged, the information shared, and the energy ignited between students and educators, artists, exhibitors, and partners.

No matter your role as an educator presenting a clinic, a student performing in the JENerations Jazz festival, or an aficionado taking in the music, your participation mattered. Each moment, from the recognition of our numerous 2024 award recipients on opening night to the Saturday evening closing performances, this highly anticipated event helped to serve our mission of advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences.

I wasn’t surprised, but nonetheless overwhelmed, by the outpouring of positive feedback this year. (Thank you to everyone who completed our post conference survey.) The success of the 2024 conference is a real testament to the tireless efforts of our dedicated staff, passionate volunteers, and esteemed presenters and partners. The support and participation of many New Orleans attendees, musicians and new sponsors also contributed to the success of our milestone gathering. To each one of you, I extend my sincerest gratitude. However, the success of this conference wasn’t merely measured in numbers or accolades. You, our members, are the heart and soul of JEN, and you have demonstrated once again, your absolute dedication and commitment to jazz education.

As we move forward, with momentum from this event, let’s keep the energy flowing, as we continue with the exciting launch of the Jazz Education Foundation in the coming months. Please be on the lookout for more information on this exciting new organization that will help to further propel and support jazz education. Together, we will ensure that jazz continues to evolve, inspire, and enrich lives for generations to come.


With gratitude,

Lonnie Davis

President, Jazz Education Network


P.S. Mark your calendars! The 2025 JEN Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, from January 8th to 11th. We can’t wait to create another unforgettable experience with you!

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.