For over a decade, the Jazz Education Network has offered conferences that “bring together jazz beginners and experts for a once-in-a lifetime experience.” This year, the 11th Annual Conference will be held in New Orleans from Tuesday, January 7 through Friday January 10.
Experience the Jazz Industry and Music Business Symposium, the many live performances, workshops, panel discussions, research presentations and the JENerations Jazz Festival — all of which are described as “Part music festival, part networking, part education and all inspiration. The annual conference hosts thousands of people from around the globe.”
There are conferences on every topic you could possibly dream up: how to grow your instagram into an effective jazz fanbase, how to publish, place and monetize books, the fundamentals of copyright, building brand and audience through creative partnerships, even how to start your own jazz camp.
Expect a lot of Charlie Parker and Dave Brubeck-related content in celebration of their 100th birthday anniversaries, as well as performances by the Sara Caswell Quartet, the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Big Band, the USC Thornton Jazz Faculty, the Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band, the John Mahoney Big Band, the Five Towns College Jazz Guitar Ensemble, the Berklee College of Music Advanced Vocal JAzz Ensemble, the Socrates Garcia Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Rodger Fox Big Band, and 50+ more.
“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,” says saxophonist/composer/educator/author Jeff Coffin. “I will continue to go to JEN every year my schedule allows.”
There are so many ways to get involved by joining, donating or volunteering.
JEN even has a “Youth Membership” (ages 12-17) can utilize for free!
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