Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Jazz Education Network: Miracle Workers

Stefon Harris performing at 2009 JEN Conference.
University of Missouri - St. Louis Big Band performing at 2009 JEN Conference
University of Missouri - St. Louis Big Band performing at 2009 JEN Conference
Mary Jo Papich at 2010 JEN Conference

“It’s a miracle.” These are the words of Bob Sinicrope, a teacher at Massachusetts’ Milton Academy prep school and a board member for the Jazz Education Network (JEN), in describing JEN’s remarkable arrival in jazz education circles. “Really, in many ways, a miracle,” he reiterates, “a testament to how badly the people who were working to mount this thing wanted it to happen.”

Founded in June 2008 in an effort to fill the void left by the implosion of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) three months earlier, JEN is only two years old. It has no office, no newsletter, no executive director or full-time staff; its only permanent locus of any kind is its Web site. Nevertheless, it has in its short lifespan become a force to be reckoned with. It held its first conference this past May, on the campus of the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and Sinicrope (who is chair of JEN’s membership committee) reports that around 1,250 people attended the performances, clinics and panel sessions.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published