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The Jazz Education Network (JEN) has announced the establishment of the Jamey Aebersold Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded annually at the JEN Conference to a college student exhibiting genuine passion and dedication to jazz education. The scholarship is named after respected and acclaimed jazz educator Jamey Aebersold, whose more than fifty years of pioneering jazz education have impacted an immeasurable number of aspiring jazz players, students and teachers worldwide.

“Jamey’s countless groundbreaking publications and global distribution of educational jazz materials, along with his more than ve decades of summer jazz camps, clinics, and advocacy for jazz education, make him well-deserving of this honor,” says Bob Sinicrope, past president of JEN and a decades-long music educator and performer. “It is only fitting that JEN establishes this scholarship as an everlasting tribute to Jamey’s dedication to jazz and generosity to students and educators alike.”

JEN has committed to raising $100,000 during the next three years to endow the scholarship, and is reaching out to the public to help it achieve that goal through donations and pledges. To date, $67,000 has been raised, placing the final goal within clear sight.

The scholarship is designed to bring its annual recipient to the JEN conference (covering all their travel and conference-related expenses) with the balance supporting the advancement of their music education.

Those wishing to contribute to the Jamey Aebersold Endowed Scholarship may:

  • Donate online at: jazzednet.org/jameyaebersoldscholarshipfund
  • Make checks payable to: Jazz Education Network
    Memo: Jamey Aebersold Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Mail checks to: Jamey Aebersold Endowed Scholarship Fund,
    Jazz Education Network, 1440 W Taylor St #1135, Chicago, IL 60607
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Artist Spotlight: Jamey Aebersold

In 2017 at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in New Orleans, Shed The Music caught up with legendary Jazz Educator Jamey Aebersold. Take a look and listen!

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Jamey Aebersold Jazz by Jamey Aebersold - 1y ago

I grew up with this LP. Recently, I listened to this CD with the added tracks and realized how influential these tunes, the writing and the solos were in my teens and early twenties. In listening, I was transformed to being nineteen and sitting at a piano at IU showing Dick Washburn these fantastic chords and harmony. How exciting to be able to figure out a little of what was going on by the pros 62 years ago.

I recall thinking Donald Byrd and Hank Mobley couldn’t play a wrong note and the intricate harmony never seemed to drive them into a corner.  And Horace Silver, always the consummate composer AND bandleader. Classic America Jazz!

with:
Art Blakey
Hank Mobley
Donald Byrd
Doug Watkins

Give a listen to one of the finest recordings ever.

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