The jazz world convenes in two U.S. cities this weekend, as high school and college bands + directors gather at the JEN Conference in New Orleans, jazz presenters focus themselves at the APAP convention in New York City and jazz journalists get together on topics vital to better and continued music coverage at the JJA’s “New Media for New Jazz” conference, in APAP-provided spaces at the Sheraton New York, Jan 7 – 11. Concurrently, 60 new jazz ensembles showcase in five NYC Greenwich Village clubs for Winter Jazzfest, the NEA celebrates its newly enrolled Jazz Masters at Jazz at Lincoln Center (with live streaming! — see below) and the entire community mourns/celebrates at the memorial service for Dr. Billy Taylor at Riverside Church.
JEN, the Jazz Education Network formed over the past 18 months in the wake of the collapse of the International Association for Jazz Educators organization, hosts its second conference in six months with an impressive schedule of hands-on clinics, workshops and panels aimed at students and their teachers, at the Roosevelt Hotel Thursday through Saturday, Jan 6 – 8. An exhibition hall will be full of displays by instrument manufacturers, jazz schools, some presenters and publications.
The NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert on January 11, 2011, will be video streamed live for those unable to attend in person. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST and can be accessed through arts.gov.
Enough for everybody, all around.