Beginning on January 10th and running through January 13th, the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) will hold its 34th annual conference this year in New York City, hosting musical performances by jazz groups such as the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Band and the Charles Tolliver Big Band, as well as a special performance by French jazz icon and film scorer Michel Legrand. The four-day conference also showcases the annual National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Awards Concert.
In addition to performances, the IAJE conference offers a variety of workshops and lectures, including an interactive focus session, “Envisioning the Future of Jazz.” Other workshops range in topic from jazz composition and arrangement to music management and the history of jazz. Other highlights include research papers, award ceremonies and commission premieres. This year’s conference has a special focus on France, with a French fête marketplace set up in the conference exposition hall.