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Publication: Jazzed
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PMID: 105512
Journal code: JZZD

"Jazz transcends the barriers of language or nationality. Jazz is a very universal music."

- Sonny Rollins

Upon opening the Sunday paper this past week, my wife, Mary Ann, and I were pleasandy surprised to find an article distributed by the Associated Press, which contained the above quote from NEA Jazz Master Sonny Rollins celebrating his 80th Birthday in Japan. Our hearty Congratulations to the Saxophone Collosus!

While those of us involved in jazz already agree with his statement, our upcoming conference is yet another testament to this fact, in that we are expecting attendees from upwards of 18 countries, including Australia, South Africa, England, Japan, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netheriands, and the U.S. at this point.

Our lineup features some of the most outstanding artists in the business. . . Lynne Arríale, Multi-Grammy winner Randy Brecker, NEA Jazz Masters Dave Liebman with the Airmen of Note and Delfeayo Marsalis and his Uptown Jazz Orchestra, the Grammy nominated University of North Texas One O'clock Lab Band, the University of Miami Vocal Jazz Group EXTENSIONS, Jeff Coffin, John Fedchock, Ndugu Chancier, Alan Baylock Big Band, Junior Mance Quintet, Evan Christopher, New Trier High School Jazz Ensemble & Swing Choir, the Louisville Leopards, and the list goes on and on! Hot off the press is the news that Angie Doctor and Clockwork have just received four recommendations for consideration for grammy nominations this year! JEN congratulates the group and encourages everyone to catch their performance at the conference as well!

Conference programming will cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues of interest related to anyone involved in the teaching, performing, composing, arranging, business, broadcast, presentation, improvisation, history, women in jazz, instrumental or vocal pedagogy, marketing, networking or appreciation of jazz music and jazz education. You can be assured JEN is presenting the Best of die Best! Jazz radio station WWOZ from New Orleans will be broadcasting LIVE interviews from the conference! Additionally, we are boasting an industry exhibit that is truly representative of everything you could possibly need from the industry! Check out ALL the schedule of conference events in the following pages or download the list of happenings located under die 2011 CONFERENCE CENTRAL Tib on the Home Page on the JEN website at the following uri: l_conference

On behalf of the JEN Board, I am extremely proud to announce Congressman John Cony er s as our keynote speaker at the JENeral session on Saturday afternoon! As you are no doubt aware, Rep. Conyers was behind the H.CON.RES 57 legislation declaringjazz as a National Treasure! Visit the resolution at this uri:

Further, Rep. Conyers will be assisting in a panel discussion along with William Brower, Larry Ridley, and Jackie Harris titled Federal Government Support For Jazz - The Next Opportunity! You certainly will not want to miss that one!

Someone once told me "1 never heard a YES to a question that was not asked." So I am asking YOU, the membership of JEN, to WLUNTEER your services and expertise! I have been working on committee assignments this week and we are in need of volunteers, especially those with experience in the following areas: Web Development in the Drupal Platform; Maiketing; and Membership Coordination. If you have skills in these areas and are interested in serving the organization in some capacity, please contact me direcdy at

Specific to the conference, we are seeking individuals with die following skill sets at this time: Press/Media Coordination, Room Monitors, Information Desk, Ushers, Registration, Music Production Room/Back-line Assistance, Stage Hands, and Office personnel. Please note that in order to be considered as a Conference Volunteer, we can only accept your application online, and you will be asked to volunteer six hours each day at the conference on the application form. and click on the tab marked VOLUNTEER AT THE CONFERENCE located under the Conference Info Tab or at the following uri: httpZ/jazzednet .org/en/volunteer

If you are a member of the Press and wish to attend and cover the 20 1 1 Conference, click on die MEDIA APPLICATION to submit your name for review in order to be awarded Media credentials. You will be notified of your status at some point in the near future.

Donate your used instrument and/or combo/full band arrangements; our partnership with the Tipitina Foundation through the JENerosity PROJECT will put them to good use in New Orleans schools! Complete Info online.

Want to bring your alumni together? Want to bring your constituency group together? MEETING SPACE is available from $100-$200 per hour depending on the size needed. Log onto the website to reserve your space soon as availability is limited and can only be offered on a first come-first served basis.

Advertise and promote your school or company through a JEN SPONSORSHIP opportunity! Three receptions remain available for sponsorship at the New Orleans Conference. Details online.

Last but not least, to download a complete CONFERENCE SCHEDULE please visit the JEN website! Well see you all very soon in New Orleans!

Bass-ically Yours;

Dr. Lou Fischer

JEN Co-Founder, President

"Jazz is a unifying force, bridging cultural, religious, ethnic and age differences in our diverse society. . .a true music of the people." - H.CON.Res57

JEN Board of Directors (2010-11): Ruben Alvarez, Paul Bangser, Paul Chiaravalle, John Clayton-Vice President, Orbert Davis jose DiazSecretary, Dr. Lou Fischer-President, Monica Herzig, Willard Jenkins, Rick Kessel-Treasurer, Mary Jo Papich-Past President, Paris Rutherford, Bruce Silva, Bob Sinicrope, Terell Stafford, Andrew Surmani-President Elect.

Part-Time Staff: Steve Crissinger-Operations Coordinator/Webmaster, Rachel Kelly-Membership Relations Manager, Mindy Muck-Bookkeeper.

Our goal is to be a vital resource for a constandy evolving global art form today and for jENerations to come.

Author affiliation:

Dr. Lou Fischer

JEN Co-Founder, President

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