A Life-Changing Trip to Cuba

  A Life-Changing Trip to Cuba Where Music Permeates Every Corner  By NAfME Member Stephen Holley   When asked about my first trip to Havana, Cuba, I’m often at a…

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How to Write and Teach Jazz Bass Lines

  How to Write and Teach Jazz Bass Lines Fingering Systems for Upright and Electric Bassists   By NAfME Member Megan Cleary   What do we do with the rhythm…

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Building Better Improvisers

Building Better Improvisers Dedicating Class Time to Improvisation? By NAfME Member Dr. Russell Ballenger   I know, I know—“But our concert is in a couple weeks, and we need every…

Developing the Language of Jazz, Part 2

Developing the Language of Jazz, Part 2 A Scaffold Approach to Teaching Jazz Concepts to Beginning and Intermediate Jazz Ensemble By NAfME Member Jonathan Holford and Mike Carubia Article written…

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What is Latin Jazz?

What is Latin Jazz? Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy   Chris Washburne discusses the history and definition of Latin Jazz, and offers a few theories as to the music’s…

Developing the Language of Jazz, Part 1

Developing the Language of Jazz, Part 1 A Scaffold Approach to Teaching Jazz Concepts to Beginning and Intermediate Jazz Ensemble. By NAfME member Jonathan Holford and Mike Carubia  Article written…

Jazz 100: Centennial Birthdays

Jazz 100: Centennial Birthdays By Brendan Lyons Article originally posted on JW Pepper Blog     The year 1917 was monumental in jazz history, but not just because it was the…

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Hosting a School Jazz Festival

Hosting a School Jazz Festival By NAfME Member Dr. Jenny L. Neff   For the past 44 years, our school has hosted a festival for area middle school jazz bands…