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…

Call and Response: Teaching Jazz Improvisation

Call and Response Teaching Jazz Improvisation By NAfME Members Bob Habersat and Paul Levy   Teaching improvisation in a school setting is often the biggest challenge for a jazz band…

Two Key Insights for Nailing That Audition

By: Donna Schwartz Original article on Donna Schwartz: Where Music Matters Having judged Solo Festivals for almost 15 years, I have witnessed some spectacular performances, and some heart-wrenching breakdowns. How…