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February 1, 2016

Jazz and Community

If the tree falls in the forest but nobody hears it, did it make a sound? If a jazz musician played the most innovative solo of her life but nobody hears it, does it mean anything? (more…)

January 20, 2016

The Happiest Band

The last two weeks were a non-stop jazz party – 4,000+ jazz musicians, students, educators, supporters at the Galt House in Louisville for the JEN Conference followed by the Jazz Connect Conference and Winter Jazzfest in New York City. I’m still trying to organize and reflect on the whirlwind of activity. (more…)

December 30, 2015

JEN? What is it and why should I attend?

Only a few more days until The Jazz Education Network Conference 2016 at the Galt House in Louisville, KY!  What is it and why should I care?  Well, let me tell you what you’re missing if you haven’t made reservations yet – and it’s not too late! (more…)

December 22, 2015

The Year in Review – 2015

It’s that time of the year where everyone reflects on the year gone by – highlights and struggles and goals for the next year. Tonight is Winter Solstice – plenty of dark time for introspection. Alright, here it is, my monthly highlights from 2015. (more…)

December 16, 2015

A Special Peanut Anniversary

christmastime is hereOne of my favorite songs is Christmastime Is Here written by producer Lee Mendelson and jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi for the 1965 TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas. The studio album released on Fantasy is one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time and certified three times Platinum with close to 3.5 Million copies worldwide. (more…)