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A program of seminars, workshops and concerts - Jazz around the clock. Read more.

The International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) will hold its 28th Annual Conference in New York, New York, USA, January 10-13, 2001. The New York Hilton and Sheraton Hotels will host the world's largest Jazz gathering, with upwards of 7,000 educators, musicians, and industry representatives from 35 countries expected to attend. This year's conference theme, Jazz - An International Language, affirms the expansive global influence of jazz. From the festive gumbo of last year's conference in New Orleans, with its historic ties to the birth of jazz, to the music's creative epicenter, New York City, the IAJE Conference will offer a record number of concerts, seminars, showcases, and exhibits.

At the 2001 Conference, attendees will enjoy evening concerts by such recognized artists as Cassandra Wilson; Pat Metheny; Medeski, Martin, & Wood; The Netherlands Metropole Orchestra featuring Michael and Randy Brecker under the direction of Vince Mendoza; Wallace Roney Group; Maria Schneider Orchestra; Geri Allen Trio; Caribbean Jazz Project with Dave Samuels, Dave Valentin, and Steve Khan; John Patitucci; Vanguard Jazz Orchestra; New York Voices; David Liebman Big Band; Trio Da Paz; Billy Taylor Trio; Claudia Acuna; Eliane Elias Trio; and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

Additionally over 150 artists and clinicians will be participating in a variety of performances and seminar programs including Ron Carter, Jane Ira Bloom, Brussels Jazz Orchestra with Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Bruce Gertz, Wycliffe Gordon, Billy Harper, Diva, Jim McNeely, Bob Mintzer, Kermit Ruffin, Bobby Sanabria, Lew Soloff, Terell Stafford, Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Paul Tobey, U.S. Army Blues, Matt Wilson, Jamey Aebersold, John Fedchock, Shelly Berg, Gene Bertoncini, Richard Boukas, Bill Dobbins, Ndugu Chancler, Avishai Cohen, Bob Florence, Hal Galper, Terry Gibbs, Barry Harris, Horacio Hernandez, Steve Houghton, John McNeil, Jimmy Owens, Ed Soph, Bill Watrous, Mike Vax, Dave Weckl, James Williams, Michael Weiss, and the David Friesen-Uwe Kropinski Duo.

This year's conference will inaugurate the 1st Annual IAJE Gala Dinner on Wednesday, January 10, to be hosted by Nancy Wilson. Jon Hendricks will present the IAJE President's Award to Ken Burns, producer of the upcoming PBS series Jazz. In addition, IAJE Past President Dr. Willie Hill will be honored with the association's Lawrence Berk Leadership Award. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the IAJE Global Outreach Fund.

A mixed ensemble of Israeli and Arab students from Jerusalem's International Center of Creative Music and Peru's La Orquestra Juvenil de Musica Nueva are among the 35 outstanding student groups scheduled to perform at the conference from around the world. The Hall High School Jazz Ensemble from Weatherford, Connecticut, winners of the 2000 Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition, will also perform with Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis.

On Saturday, January 13, the IAJE Conference will host the National Endowment for the Arts American Jazz Masters Awards for the 11th consecutive year. Hosted by Dr. Billy Taylor, the 2001 recipients, who will each receive a $20,000 fellowship during ceremonies at that evenings concert from NEA Chairman Bill Ivey, are John Lewis, Jackie McLean, and Randy Weston.

"To reinforce this year's theme, we have developed a program that reflects the dynamics and fluidity of our constantly changing jazz universe, with an emphasis on education and outreach," states IAJE President Ron McCurdy. "Anyone involved in the teaching, performance, presentation, or business of jazz will find this conference to be tremendously valuable."

According to IAJE Executive Director Bill McFarlin, "As our conference theme implies, jazz is truly a music without borders. From its origins in the African American experience, it has evolved to become a hybrid of cultures, traditions, and languages. Where better to celebrate this spirit than New York City, which has served up its own melting pot of cultures during the past century." McFarlin also feels that, "it is encouraging to see the entire jazz community recognizing the importance of jazz education as we work to strengthen the field of jazz."

In fact, education will be at the heart of the conference agenda, with more than 125 clinics and workshops on far-ranging topics and subjects such as jazz history, improvisation, technology, composition, arranging, and performance techniques. The conference will also focus on teacher training, with session topics including Teaching Jazz Improvisation To the Fearful and the Fearless, and Using Call and Response to Teach Improvisation in General Music.

The IAJE Conference industry track has expanded to more than 30 sessions for 2001. These insightful and often times controversial panels and workshops are geared to members of the jazz recording, journalism, presenting, performing, retail, and radio industry. With sponsorship and support from Jazz Times, BET on Jazz, Jazziz, Down Beat, NARAS, the Jazz Journalists Association, Chamber Music America, and DL Media, the industry track will provide an opportunity for industry members to interact with jazz educators and musicians in a series of sessions that encourage honest exchange of ideas and strategies for the new century. Among the highlights will be an open interview with Quincy Jones and a panel session on Using The Latest Technology To Enhance Your Sound moderated by Herbie Hancock.

Additionally, National Public Radio (NPR) is producing a full-day radio symposium on Wednesday, January 10, with panels on issues of interest to jazz radio professionals. NPR will also construct a command broadcast booth in the lobby of the New York Hilton Hotel, with daily live feeds to KLON-FM (Long Beach, CA) and the conference host station, WBGO-FM (Newark, NJ).

Other conference highlights will include performances by the BET on Jazz Sisters in Jazz Collegiate All-Stars, the winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival Jas Hennessy Piano Competition, and the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship Recipients (supported in part by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts).

Pat Metheny is slated to present the conference keynote speech during the Opening General Session on Thursday, January 11, at 2:00 p.m. The world premiere of the Herb Albert Jazz Endowment Fund Gil Evans Commission and the ASCAP/IAJE Commissions (honoring Louis Armstrong), will also be presented during that session.

A 40,000 sq. ft. music industry exposition will round out the conference with upwards of 300 exhibits representing a diverse mix of companies including festivals, publishers, manufacturers, agencies, schools, and record companies.

Full conference registration is $270, which includes a one year IAJE membership. Current IAJE members can deduct $55. For more information or to register for the conference, call IAJE at (785) 776-8744, fax (785) 776-6190, email or log on to

The IAJE Conference is underwritten in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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