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Jazz Band Teaching Guide

I’M GOING TO TEACH JAZZ BAND?! A Really Rough Guide to Directing and Instructing Middle and High School Jazz Ensembles, by Dr Keith Kelly. Jazz music is about inclusion and expression! Jazz, at its core, is simultaneously a social endeavor and expression of one’s individual spirit. Here’s a guide for anyone who is or will be teaching jazz […]

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Relativism in Jazz Education

By Saul Richardson, Jazz education is hampered by notions of relativism among its educators. The view confuses the technical features of language with the ideas, meanings and emotions it can express. To downplay the importance of teaching students how to play jazz is based on a fallacy and does them a great disservice. __________________________ “That’s […]

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Term 1 2014 starting

Lessons and rehearsals at the Jazz Workshop are just about to start for 2014. Private lessons, student combos, and the SYJO 2 & 3 big bands all resume from Monday 3 February. Adult combos start the following Monday and SYJO1 big band goes back 20 February. There is space in most of the combos for […]

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Atlanta

As I write this, I am sitting in the excellent Atlanta international airport. What a contrast to the appalling Miami airport! Quick, polite, friendly, efficient…everything that that other farce isn’t. Last night we had our end-of-tour celebration dinner at Georgia Shrimp Co, a restaurant/jazz club in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree. The house band played […]

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Miami-Orlando-Tampa

Bayside Marketplace, Miami. As usual, it took over two hours to clear Miami airport, the last thing everybody needed after such an early start. In fact, our flight landed about twenty minutes early, but had to wait on the tarmac for the gate to become available (there were many unused gates clearly visible from the […]

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More Barbados

Last day in Barbados: Schools and the Yacht Club. Today we played at two high schools: the Alleyne School and Harrison College. The Alleyne School is a long way (in Bajan terms) from Bridgetown, so we had to breakfast and leave early to mke it in time for their morning assembly. Karen and I had […]

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Tour blog January 8-9

Wednesday 8 January: Crystal Cove & The Beach House The last blog post was incorrectly titled “day 8″. It wasn’t, it was day 7. Today started with a very late breakfast and lounging around the pool, or walking to the nearby beach for a swim. Our first gig wasn’t until 4pm, so most of the […]

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Tour day 8

Day 8: Concert @ Frank Collymore Hall, Bridgetown. Our day started with a 7am breakfast ready to meet our bus at 8:00. It was a slow dive through peak hour traffic into the middle of Bridgetown, the capital city of Barbados. It was the first day of school after holidays, making the going particularly slow. […]

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USA Tour days 3-4

Highlights of days 3 & 4 of the USA/Barbados big band tour included: Workshops with Donny McCaslin, Dave Douglas and Dennis Mackrel The first gig of the tour The Frank Wess memorial Day 3: January 3, 2014 Today saw the band in the first of three workshops with prominent jazz artists/educators. After breakfast it was […]

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