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2017 Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival Welcomes You!
The 2017 Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival is now taking applications!

Record your jazz band for a chance to win a trip to New York City and participate in one of the most innovative jazz education
events in the world! Participate in workshops, rehearsals, jam sessions, performances and compete to take home a CASH prize
and top honors. What are you waiting for? Ellington awaits!
Ellington Competition - Jazz
at Lincoln Center, NYC

Rufus Reid, jazz bass
MSUFCU Jazz Artist-in-Residence

College of Music, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Week of December 5-10, 2016 -- concerts and clinics across Michigan

Rufus ReidJazz Bassist Rufus Reid will mentor students through the MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence program. Reid will instruct, perform and tour with student musicians in the Jazz Studies program over a seven-day period packed with workshops and campus concerts. The exceptional artist, educator and composer will also take to the road with the MSU Jazz Orchestra I to visit music and jazz programs at public schools and academies in Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Traverse City and Detroit.

Concert:  Rufus Reid with MSU Jazz Orchestra I, directed by Rodney Whitaker
Friday, December 9;  8:00pm at MSU's Fairchild Theatre.

The concert also features MSU Jazz Orchestras II and III.
Tickets available from College of Music box office, (517) 353-5340, online, or at the door.
Reserved seating $15 adults, $12 seniors, $5 students and under age 18.

The MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence program is coordinated by the MSU
College of Music.
MSU Jazz Director:  Rodney Whitaker

Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra with special guest Michael Dease (trombone)
Director: Harry Boesch
Wednesday, December 7, 2016; 7:00-9:30pm
The Union Cabaret & Grille, South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo

Ph: (269) 384-6756    Free Admission!
Website:  http://www.gulllakejazz.com/
Gull Lake
Jazz Orchestra

Time to step out and bring some friends along to help strike up the band.  It's the second Fall season and monthly
concert with the 16-piece Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra.  Their arrival at Union Cabaret will charm you with a
rousing big band experience.  A lively outing with Harry and West Michigan's finest jazz musicians.  The club swing
feel also aligns Grand Rapids' very own Edye Evans-Hyde out front singing blues and time-honored standards.  
Harry says, "Tell your friends you'll pay the cover charge.  They don't have to know the music is FREE and you'll
look like a hero! "

Harry Boesch - Trombone (Band Leader)
Gary McCourry
- 1st Tenor; Sandy Shaw - 2nd Tenor
Mark Greer - 1st Alto; Greg Marsden - 2nd Alto
Frank Silva - Baritone
Earlie Braggs - Trombone; Paul Brewer - Trombone (Lead)
Scott Grupke - Bass trombone
David Wells, Tim Culver, Scott Cowan - Trumpet; Danny Barber - Trumpet (lead)
Terry Lower - Piano
Denis Schebukhov - Bass
Tim Froncek - Drums
Edye Evans Hyde - Vocalist

Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra
Sunday, December 4, 2016; 5:30 - 7:30pm
Founders Brewing Co., 235 Grandville Ave., S.W., Grand Rapids
Website: http://www.grjo.com/
Ph: (616) 776-1195
Free admission!

In its third decade the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra remains a leader for large ensembles pushing musical boundaries
 in the thriving West Michigan jazz scene. Comprised of jazz educators from the region, GRJO reliably charges up audiences
 who thirst for top-notch musicianship and soloing, notably infectious improv and interplay served up by director and
 drummer Tim Froncek, tenor saxophonists Bob Nixon and Greg Marsden, trumpeter Dan Jacobs, pianist
 Steve Talaga, and trombonist Mike McLeod. The band also garners gracious applause by introducing new compositions
 by many leading composers and arrangers.

WMU Jazz Masters Series featuring Drummer Peter Erskine
Performing with the Western Jazz Quartet, the University Jazz Orchestra,
WMU Drum Choir, and the
Advanced Jazz Ensemble

Thursday, October 27, 2016; 7:30pm
Dalton Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Tickets:  $20 (Seniors $10, Students $5) - Miller Auditorium, (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858

Grammy award winning drummer has appeared on over 600 recordings with seminal jazz groups like Weather Report,
Steps Ahead, Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell.   https://www.petererskine.com


Russell Malone, jazz guitar
MSUFCU Jazz Artist-in-Residence

College of Music, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Week of October 10–16, 2016 -- concerts and clinics across Michigan

Concert: Malone performs with MSU Jazz Orchestras I, II and III, Friday, Oct. 14; 8 p.m., Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium.
He will also visit high schools, art academies and community colleges statewide, accompanied by MSU Jazz Orchestra I,
the College’s premier student jazz ensemble.

Russell Malone
Jazz guitarist Russell Malone will be the first of four scheduled artists for
residencies 2016-17 academic year. Malone is hailed for a fluid and lyrical
tone playing a swinging, straight-ahead style while receiving global acclaim
touring with some of the biggest names in jazz.  At MSU, Malone will mentor
College of Music students and perform for the public.

The MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence program is coordinated by the MSU
College of Music.
MSU Jazz Director:  Rodney Whitaker

Edward Simon Afinidad and Imani Winds
Sunday, September 11, 2016; 7:30pm
Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Tickets $20 general public, $10 seniors, $5 Students
Online:  https://tickets.millerauditorium.com
Ph:  (269) 387-2300  -or-  (800) 228-9858
Jazz Director:  Thomas Knific, Professor of Double Bass, Jazz

WindsEd Simon

Award-winning pianist and composer Edward Simon hails from Venezuela.  He is a Visiting Jazz Artist at
Western Michigan University.  He made his first recording as a leader in 1994 (Beauty Within, Audioquest),
giving birth to the Edward Simon Trio. Since then, he founded several other ensembles such as: the Edward
Simon Quartet, Ensemble Venezuela and  Afinidad.  Simon is a three-time Chamber Music America New Jazz
Works grantee and a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award nominee. In 2010 Simon was named Guggenheim Fellow
and became a member of the SFJAZZ Collective.

Hailed by the Washington Post as "exuding a sultry sophistication during performances", Imani Winds is
undeniably one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the U.S. Since 1997, the Grammy-nominated
quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the  classical music world, with interludes of
improvised jazz, showing off dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations. With
two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group enriches the traditional
wind quintet repertoire while  meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.

Regina Carter and the Oakland Jazz Quartet 
Saturday, September 10, 2016; 8pm
Varner Recital Hall, Oakland University, Rochester
Tickets: $20 general, $10 students
Ph:  (248) 370-2100
Jazz Director:  Miles Brown, Assistant Professor of Music
Regina Carter
In 2003, Detroiter Regina Carter released the album Paganini: After A Dream, inspired by her opportunity
to play the celebrated virtuoso's violin. Regina will bring this spirit to Varner Hall as she and the Oakland Jazz
Quartet reinterpret themes and compositions from the classical canon, ranging from Mozart to modern.

MSU Professors of Jazz - Welcome Back to School Concert
Friday, September 9, 2016; 8pm
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Tickets:  $10 adults, $8 seniors, students free
College of Music Box Office Ph: (517) 353-5340
Jazz Director:  Rodney Whitaker, University Distinguished Professor of Jazz Bass

MSU Professors of Jazz:
Etienne Charles, trumpet; Xavier Davis, piano; Gwen Dease, marimba (guest soloist); Michael Dease, trombone;
Randy Gelispie, drums; Randy Napoleon, jazz guitar; Diego Rivera, tenor saxophone; Rodney Whitaker, bass

MSU Professors of Jazz

Hope College Jazz Organ Summit

Hope College Jazz Organ Summit
featuring Tony Monaco Trio with Chuck Loeb & Harvey Mason, Lonnie Smith,
Murv Seymour, Hope Jazz Faculty Jazz Group

Friday, September 9, 2016; 3:00 - 7:00 pm / 7-9:00 p.m. VIP reception & concert
Saturday, September 10, 2016; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm / 7:30 p.m. concert / 9:00 pm Jam at Window on the Waterfront

Concerts only: $10 adults, $7 senior citizens, $5 children.
Hope College students free with ID. All-inclusive passes are available
Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts - Hope College, Holland, Michigan

Summit Schedule, Concerts & Registration

Harvey Mason: Primed for B3 Magic

Chuck Loeb: Grooving Out in 3's and 4's

The Hope College Jazz Organ Summit features two incredible Organ Trios: The Tony Monaco Trio
(featuring Chuck Loeb, guitar and Harvey Mason, drums) and the always groovaciojus Organissimo
In addition, Lonnie Smith and filmmaker Murv Seymour, director/producer of the critically acclaimed
documentary "Killer B3" will be "in-the-house" as well.   Hope College is pleased to partner with iRock Jazz (http://irockjazzfestival.com/).  The iRock Jazz festival is concurrent with the Jazz Organ Summit, held
at Windows on the Waterfront.

Organist Tony Monaco gives the summit a major Midwest slant and an excitable jazzer whose live show is known
to charge up any venue.  The Columbus, Ohio native began on accordion and by age 12 he switched to organ while
landing guidance from local organ gurus Don Patterson and Hank Marr and playing clubs.  By his 16th birthday
a surprise birthday call from Jimmy Smith cemented his grand passion for B3.  Smith, as a mentor and teacher,
taught an excitable 16-year-old how to make a B3 'sing' with eyes on a larger prize - crafting his own incendiary
sound.  It was contemporary jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco who produced Monaco's 2001 debut CD "Burnin' Grooves
(Summit Records).  In 2003, Monaco and Smith recorded "A New Generation" with double organ trios and showing
off new Hammond and Suzuki B3's.  As with his latest CD outing, "New Adventures" with guitarist Howard Paul
and drummer Jim Rupp, Monaco's eight CD discography thoroughly documents an immense talent, an innate
ability to collaborate with all-star musicians, supply regal song craftsmanship, and display an ability to hold
his own in league with fellow B3 masters such as Jimmy Smith, Joey DiFrancesco, and Pat Bianchi.  No surprise
that Monaco's creative space shows off world-class jazz that blends classic sensibilities with modern grooves.

Dave Liebman and Michael Kaplan: How Does the Brain Make All that Jazz?
By Victor L. Schermer, All About Jazz
Dave Liebman
All About Jazz sits down with NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman,
saxophonist-educator, and Michael Kaplan, who teaches neuroscience
in the Biological Basis of Behavior Program at the University of Pennsylvania, as they discuss how the brain works to make improvised
jazz happen.  A topical, insightful look at required skills for jazz improv
and how brain activity transforms it into executable action. 

Along the way their engaging talk covers the neurobiological basis of
musical talent and learning, the "telepathy" that occurs when jazz
players co-improvise, and the cultural and developmental factors that
make jazz a personal and communal experience. 

Martin Bejerano
Developing Solo Jazz Piano Chops

By Martin Bejerano, Keyboard

Martin Bejerano reveals an exciting viewpoint on aspects of solo piano playing
using the jazz standard “Stella By Starlight”.  Here he demonstrates four creative
approaches to get a complete, varied, and fully orchestrated sound from the piano. 

Besides holding down the piano chair for the Roy Haynes Quartet jazz pianist,
composer, and educator Bejerano heads the jazz piano department at
Frost School of Music, University of Miami.

Check out his most recent album Potential Energy

Visit his website at martinbejerano.com.

What We Should Learn From Jazz Band Teachers
Our schools are broken. Here's the fix.
By William R. Klemm Ph.D.,
Psychology Today
William Klemm, Ph.D.

William Klemm, Ph.D., is senior professor of Neuroscience at Texas A&M University.
He is the author of 18 books, including Science, The Brain, and Our Future; Discovery Processes in Modern
Biology; Brainstem Mechanisms of Behavior; Understanding Neuroscience; Memory Power 101; Better Grades,
Less Effort; Improve Your Memory for a Healthy Brain; Core Ideas in Neuroscience; Atoms of Mind; and Mental
Biology, The New Science of How the Brain and Mind Relate.

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Past Events We Enjoyed...

Detroit's Ron Carter Headlines JazzFest as AIR
Ron Carter
Ron Carter, one of Detroit's hallmark jazz bass legends, is coming home
to play the Detroit Jazz Festival as Artist-in-Residence.  Hailed as the
most recorded bassist in jazz history (an incredible total of 2,221 individual
recording credits as of September 15, 2015 by Guiness Book of World Records),
Carter will give audiences an array of acoustic wonder with select concerts in
several contexts, including a 16-piece big band, a 9-piece large ensemble, plus
trio and quartet. 

Born in Ferndale, Carter is an alumnus of Detroit Cass Technical High School
and follows violinist Regina Carter as a hometown product in this appointed
DJF educator and performance role. 

Classically trained, Carter in jazz history is lauded for his famous sideman
days with trumpeter Miles Davis' acclaimed quintet of the 1960s, besides
a celebrated career recording with virtually every jazz stalwart in the
past five decades.  In 2015, Carter dueted with guitarist Pat Metheny (last year's
Artist-in-Residence) for a spine-tingling acoustic duet at Hart Plaza's Pyramid
Stage.  Carter's Detroit appearance comes with hearty anticipation and revere
for his virtuoso tone and improvisational dexterity that reliably amazes audiences
no matter the setting.

This past spring Carter told the Detroit Free Press (and jazz writer
Mark Stryker) in a feature interview, "Many people don't actually know I'm
from Detroit, and it's kind of a strange feeling to walk into your hometown and people don't know that you're from there.
So this is a chance for me to see people I haven't seen in a long time, to find out what happened to people I used to know when
I was 19, meet people that I don't really know and talk to people who say, 'You're from Detroit?' and I can say, 'Yeah, I
went to Cass Tech'."


Headliner Details:  Detroit Jazz Festival,  Sept 2-5, 2016

35th Annual Flint Jazz Festival
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13-14, 2016 Flint Jazz
Festival 2016
Flint Cultural Center, 1310 E Kearsley St, Flint, MI
Presenter:  Greater Flint Arts Council
Tickets:  $5 weekend pass / $5 Friday / $3 Saturday-Sunday
Ph:  (810) 238-ARTS
Website:  http://bit.ly/2aVYwmE


Friday August 12:    5pm - 8:30pm
5pm-6:30pm        The Bobcats

Saturday August 13:    2pm - 8:30pm
2pm-3pm            Kevin Collins Drum Company
3:30pm-4:30pm  Swingin' Chopin
4:30pm-5pm       Tapology with Bruce Bradley
5:00pm-6:30pm  Lunar Octet

Sunday August 14:  2pm - 8:30pm JOE FREYRE NIGHT!
2pm-3pm        Ferguson / McDonald / Hill Trio
3:30pm-4:30pm    OVACiiR
5pm-6:30pm    People's Jazz Band

5th Annual GRand JazzFest 2016Grand JazzFest
Poster 2016
Saturday, August 20, 12noon - 10 p.m.
Sunday, August 21, 12noon -  7 p.m. 

Rosa Parks Circle, Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

Presenter:  DTE Energy Foundation

Website:  www.grandjazzfest.org

GRand JazzFest video:  https://youtu.be/HdIvURC9HtA

A jazz highpoint every summer in West Michigan, GRand JazzFest features established jazz and crossover artists plus up-and-coming musicians catering to a diverse audience. 
Rosa Parks Circle, kiddy-corner to official host hotel Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, is an open-air concourse located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Attendees enjoy music, support restaurants, business, art galleries, and a variety of local attractions.
Jazz Festival

Chris Standring &
Cindy BradleyHeadliners: 

Saturday, August 20
12:30pm   Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with Edye Evans Hyde
2:00pm     Organissimo
3:30pm     Tumbao Bravo
5:00pm     Steve Hilger
6:30pm     Tim Bowman
8:00pm     Cindy Bradley (left)

Sunday, August 21
1:00pm     Bierenga-Sullivan Quintet
2:30pm     Lakeshore Big Band
4:00pm     Urban Jazz Coalition
5:30pm     Walter White
7:00pm     Chris Standring (far left)

37th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival  (The World's Largest FREE Jazz Festival)
Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday, September 2-5, 2016
Jazz Festival - HartPlaza, Campus
Hart Plaza / Woodward Avenue / Campus Martius / Detroit, MI
Presenter:  Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation     

Website:  http://www.detroitjazzfest.com/
DJF Artist-in-Residence: Ron Carter (bass)

Carhartt Amphitheatre Stage, Hart Plaza,
DetroitRon Carter

Detroit Jazz Festival Schedule   

J.C. Heard JazzWeek@Wayne All-Stars - Detroit JazzFest
Monday, September 5, 2016 - 12:45 - 1:45pm  

--details here--


¤ Ron Carter - Artist-in-Residence, Bassist
    (performances include Nonet, Trio, Quartet and Big Band)

¤  George Benson
¤  John Scofield, Brad Mehldau, Mark Guiliana
¤  Roy Hargrove with Strings
¤  The RH Factor
¤  Freddy Cole and the Detroit Jazz Festival String Orchestra -
      The Cole Family Legacy - remembering Nat and Natalie
¤  Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano
¤  Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project
¤  Chris Potter Underground Orchestra
¤  Randy Weston’s African Rhythms & the Wayne State University
      Big Band – 90th birthday celebration!!!
¤  Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton
¤  Jason Moran Bandwagon Trio
¤  Roberta Gambarini and Jimmy Heath – Celebrating Jimmy
    Heath’s 90th Birthday
¤  David Baker Tribute with Bob Hurst & IU All-Stars

Bob Hurst -David Baker Tribute¤  Marcus Roberts Modern Jazz Generation
Luciana Souza - Speaking in Tongues
¤  Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
¤  Harold López-Nussa
¤  The Soul Rebels
¤  John Abercrombie Organ Trio
¤  Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: Established by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Celebrate 50 years at the Village Vanguard
¤  Kirk Lightsey-Louis Hayes-Bob Hurst Trio
¤  Kenn Cox tribute with Special Guests
¤  Stanley Cowell Quintet featuring Billy Harper and Charles Tolliver
¤  David Weiss and Point of Departure celebrate the music of Detroit legends Kenn Cox and Charles Moore
¤  Gregoire Maret & the Inner Voice Ensemble
¤  Chareneé Wade
¤  Herlin Riley Quintet
¤  Charlie Gabriel Quartet
¤  United States Air Force Airmen of Note
¤  MSBOA Student Showcase Bands 

Hailed as the most recorded bassist in jazz history (an incredible total of 2,221 individual recording credits as of September 15, 2015
by Guiness Book of World Records), Ron Carter is headlining the Detroit Jazz Festival officially as Artist-in-Residence this
year.  Born in Ferndale, Carter is a alumnus of Detroit Cass Technical High School and follows violinist Regina Carter as a hometown product in this appointed festival role.  Attendees will rejoice seeing and hearing Carter perform in several contexts, including a
16-piece big band, a 9-piece large ensemble, plus trio and quartet.  Classically trained, Carter in jazz history is lauded for his famous sideman days with trumpeter Miles Davis' acclaimed quintet of the 1960s, besides a celebrated career recording with virtually every
jazz stalwart in the past five decades.  In 2015, Carter dueted with guitarist Pat Metheny (last year's Artist-in-Residence) for a
spine-tingling acoustic duet at the Pyramid Stage.  Carter's Detroit appearance comes with hearty anticipation and revere for his
virtuoso tone and improvisational dexterity that continues to amaze audiences worldwide.

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38th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival
Thursday, September 1 to Sunday, September 4, 2016
Chicago Cultural Center / Millennium Park
Presenter:  Jazz Institute of Chicago ¦ Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)

« Chicago Cultural Center - 78 E. Washington St. »
« Millennium Park - 201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave. »

Website:  http://jazzinchicago.org/jazzfest/   

Pritzker Pavilion at
Millennium Park - Chicago Jazz Festival
Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park - Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago Jazz Festival:  Map | Jazz Club Tour
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Orbert Davis presents Soul Migration
Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra directed by Carla Bley: Celebrating Charlie
Benny Golson
Anat Cohen Quartet
The Bad Plus play Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction featuring Tim Berne, Ron Miles & Sam Newsome
John Scofield / Joe Lovano Quartet
Candido’s 95th Birthday Celebration, featuring M.F. Production’s Latin Jazz All Stars w/ Candido, Steve Turre, Nestor Torres, Sammy Figueroa, Frankie Figueroa, Elio Villa Franca, Yunior Terry, Diego Lopez, Jorge Castro
and Guido Gonzalez
Eric Alexander / Harold Mabern Quartet
Alyssa Allgood Quintet
Eric Schneider / Pat Mallinger Quintet
Edwin Daugherty Sextet: Chicago Legends; The Music of Gene Ammons, Johnny Griffin & Eddie Harris
Curie Metropolitan High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ian Torres
George Fludas Quartet
Barry Altschul’s 3Dom Factor
JD Allen Trio
Pharez Whitted Quintet   
Michael Zerang and the Blue Lights
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Cameron Pfiffner’s Adolphe’s Ax
Jones College Prep Jazz Combo
Erwin Helfer
Mwata Bowden One Foot In, One Foot Out
Luke Malewicz Heritage Quartet
John McLean: A Tribute to Charlie Christian
Joel Ross’ Good Vibes
Norman Simmons Trio
Louder Than a Bomb Presents: The Bomb Squad

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Grand Hotel - Labor Day Jazz Weekend

Friday, September 2 to Monday, September 5, 2016
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI
Presenter:  Grand Hotel
Ph: (800) 33-GRAND

Website:  http://www.grandhotel.com/specials/september/labor-day-jazz-weekend/


Michael Feinstein
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Jane Monheit
The Empowerment Church
Bob James
Paul Keller
Dave Bennett

Grand Hotel front entranceGrand Hotel
main dining room
Grand Hotel Front Entrance / Main Dining Room

Performances include a special Friday evening concert in the Theatre with singer Jane Monheit, cookout luncheon
concerts in the Tea Garden with trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band on Saturday and
The New York Voices
and Tuck and Patti on Sunday, intimate concerts in the Cupola Bar, Terrace Room and at
the Jockey Club with Paul Keller with Alex Graham & Grand Hotel Orchestra.

Grand Hotel front jazz lawn
Grand Hotel Front Jazz Lawn

Grand Hotel porch view of
Straights of Mackinac


Grand Hotel Front Porch, with view of Mackinac Bridge at horizon

21st Essentially Ellington Band Competition (NYC) Announces Band Finalists
Byron Center High School Jazz Orchestra invited from Michigan
Byron Center HS Jazz Orchestra 2016
Byron Center High School Jazz Orchestra
Jazz Director: Marc Townley
Byron Center, MI

2016 Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival Band Finalists

Congratulations to all schools.  Selected bands perform LIVE during the 21st Annual Essentially Ellington
Competition & Festival
, May 5-7, 2016 in New York City.  Listed in alphabetical order, they are:

Essentially Ellington Festival • Beloit Memorial High School (Beloit, WI)
• Byron Center High School (Byron Center, MI)
• Crescent Super Band (American Fork, UT)
• Foxboro High School (Foxboro, MA)
• Garfield High School (Seattle, WA)
• Jazz House Kids (Montclair, NJ)
• Lexington High School (Lexington, MA)
• Mount Si High School (Snoqualmie, WA)
• New World School of the Arts (Miami, FL)
• Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (Raleigh, NC)
• Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA)
• San Diego School of Creative-Performing Arts (San Diego, CA)
• Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie, WI)
• Tucson Jazz Institute (Tucson, AZ)
• University High School (Orange City, FL)

NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert (with Detroit drummer Karriem Riggins)
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 8 pm
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC - Live webcast
NEA Jazz
Masters 2016
(l-r) Archie Shepp, Gary Burton, Pharoah Sanders, and Wendy Oxenhorn

Jazz Masters posterThe 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Tribute Concert,
with host and pianist and Kennedy Center artistic director for Jazz Jason Moran,
honoring saxophonists Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders, vibraphonist Gary
, and Wendy Oxenhorn, Executive Director of the Jazz Foundation of America.
Reserve your virtual seat now.  Join audiences around the world and at The John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC in celebration of this year's
award recipients - the 2016 class of NEA Jazz Masters. 

** Live webcast: arts.gov starting at 8pm ET ** (now archived)

A lavish awards ceremony honors these award-winning leaders, and a closing concert includes performances by NEA Jazz Masters Chick Corea, Randy Weston, and
Jimmy Heath, plus jazz stars Rudresh Mahanthappa, Linda Oh, David Murray,
and a rhythm section featuring Detroit drummer Karriem Riggins.
More details here: http://1.usa.gov/1V1g01z

The Smithsonian Jazz Oral History site, home to the oral histories of over 90 NEA Jazz Masters,

David Baker, Smithsonian Jazz Master

MJEA salutes the legacy of David Baker.  A trombonist, bassist, composer and music educator, Baker led the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra for over 20 years, sharing his passion for jazz with audiences around the world.
He died Saturday, March 26, 2016, at age 84.  He will be remembered for his commitment to jazz and his incredible service to the Smithsonian and its audiences around the world. 

Born December 21, 1931, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Baker played trombone in the bands of jazz luminaries Stan Kenton,
Maynard Ferguson, Lionel Hampton, and Quincy Jones, before becoming an educator. He was formerly Distinguished Professor
of Music and Chairman of the Jazz Department at Indiana University (Bloomington), at Jacobs School of Music, where he
taught over four decades and earned a world-wide reputation for music education excellence.
Baker was named a NEA Jazz Master in 2000, and won a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2004.

New York Times - David Baker, Who Helped Bring Jazz Studies Into the Academy, Dies at 84  (PDF) PDF

National Museum of American History - a Tribute to David Baker
Visit the NMAH website
John Edward Haase and David
Pictured here, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Founder John Edward Hasse and SJMO Musical and
Artistic Director David Baker, following a concert in the Smithsonian’s Baird Auditorium.

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Jazz Education Watch - Adam Olszewski, bassist, Michigan State University
MSU Jazz Studies undergraduate earns placement for Betty Carter Jazz Ahead project
Adam Olszewski
Congrats to MSU bassist Adam Olszewski -- he can testify what it's like to have a dream come true.  Earning a special invite and performing in a premier jazz residency program in Washington, D.C. turned out be his grandest shining hour.

This past March, the 20-year-old jazz studies sophomore at Michigan State University packed his stand-up bass and hit the road to the nation's capital for the 17th annual Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

“I never expected it,” says Olszewski. “You tell yourself you’re in the right spot and that you’re doing the right things, but until you hear that from someone else, you don’t really know. I’m so very excited that I matched the program’s idea of what a young person should be doing.”

Olszewski was among just 24 participants selected from a competitive audition process to attend the international jazz residency project that identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artists and composers in their mid-teens to age 25. Experienced artists and instructors lead the career development program for aspiring jazz musicians, and mentor attendees in performance, composing, and arranging skills.

“It’s an absolutely amazing honor to be selected for a program that has nurtured so many jazz greats,” says Rodney Whitaker, director of MSU Jazz Studies. “Adam is very humble but knows he has an incredible gift. I’ve never seen him take things for granted. He’s always working hard to be his best and to learn from those around him.”

Adam's Website:  http://adamobass.com/index.html

The Art of Jazz Arranging - Richard DeRosa - University of North Texas
Richard DeRosa
Video by Jazz Video Guy (Bret Primack) / Length: 7:27
Musical selection:
"Perseverance", Rich's masterful composition from the UNT "Lab 2011" release.

Richard DeRosa teaches jazz composition and arranging at the University of North Texas,
and is also the conductor of the WDR Band in Köln, Germany.  He has arranged, conducted music for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, plus other arranging credits through recordings by Mel Lewis-Thad Jones Orchestra, Gerry Mulligan, Glenn Miller Big Band, and vocalist Susannah McCorkle.

Watch it here.

WMUK Interview: Miguel Zenón, Thomas Knific, & Andrew Rathbun

Miguel Zenon Tom KnificThe annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival features jazz performances and master classes with a cavalcade of musicians, from high school ensembles to college bands, and professionals. This year, the thirty-fifth festival featured virtuoso saxophonist Miguel Zenón (left) as guest artist.

A multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, Miguel Zenón is widely considered to be one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation. Zenón has been repeatedly recognized as an important composer in jazz, receiving dozens of commissions, awards, and grants.

Tom Knific
(right) is an internationally renowned bassist, educator, and chairs/directs the WMU Jazz studies program at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo).  Toronto-native Andrew Rathbun is an educator-composer and a performing member of the Western Jazz Quartet (with Knific, drummer Keith Hall, pianist Jeremy Siskind).  

WMUK-102.7FM, NPR public radio at Western Michigan University, airs over 40 hours of jazz weekly and streams online.

Hear the interview here.

Jazz Educators/Academics and Jazz Journalists:  Friends or Foes?
(What do we have in common? How can we work together better?)

presented by the Jazz Journalists Association

View a replay of a two-part Google (video) Hangout from this past January 21 featuring educators Dr. Monika Herzig and Dr. Larry Ridley, Ph.d. student and former jazz writer for the Newark Star Ledger Alex H. Rodriguez, and jazz writer/broadcaster/adjunct faculty at University of Illinois Chicago and Northwestern University Neil Tesser talk about their experiences in the field. The moderator is respected journalist-educator Howard Mandel, JJA president and 28-year adjunct professor at New York University.

** See Part-1 here / See Part-2 here
JJA Jazz Education
JJA Panelists (l-r, Larry Ridley, Monika Herzig, Neil Tesser, Alex Rodriguez, Howard Mandel)

* Dr. Larry Ridley, executive director of the African American Jazz Caucus, Inc., is a bassist, lecturer at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University, and professor of music emeritus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he designed and implemented the undergraduate jazz degree program of the Livingston College starting in 1972.
Dr. Monika Herzig is a jazz pianist/ composer as well as Senior Lecturer in the Arts Administration program at Indiana University. Currently she serves as the Secretary for the Jazz Education Network and heads the Jazz Research Committee. More info at  monikaherzig.com
Neil Tesser has written and broadcast about jazz for more than 40 years, for publications ranging from Playboy Magazine, Chicago magazine, to the New York Times. He won a 2014 Grammy Award for liner-note writing.
*   Alex W. Rodriguez is a jazz writer, improviser, trombonist and Ph.D student in ethnomusicology at UCLA, where his current research focuses on jazz clubs around the world and the creative improvised music communities that surround them (with case studies in California, Chile, and Russia). Alex also contributes jazz coverage to NPR Music’s A Blog Supreme and LA Weekly’s West Coast Sound and maintains his own blog, Lubricity.
Howard Mandel is a  New York-based writer, editor, author, and producer for National Public Radio. For more than 30 years, he's covered jazz, blues and new music for newspapers, magazines and websites. Mandel teaches at New York University and consults for various arts organizations. He is president of the Jazz Journalists Association, and blogs at ArtsJournal.com.

Topics explored:
->Does the world of jazz scholarship respect and employ the work of jazz journalists, and do jazz journalists gain
          from relations with the academy?

->Are the worlds of jazz education and jazz information/dissemination parallel or do they intersect?
->What values and techniques do both media-makers and teachers hold dear, or need to acquire?
->Are there ways to build or strengthen bonds, or are these two sectors of the jazz ecology forever separate, equal or not?

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