Trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis has helped start a brand-new $10,000 grant for young brass players in master trumpeter Laurie Frink‘s name. Eligibility is open to US based jazz brass players between the ages of 18-25 currently not under professional management. Applicants need not be currently enrolled in an academic institution. Applications are due by June 1 – get more information on the Laurie Frink Career Grant website.
We had a great time at a middle school in Jackson Heights over the past month and a half! 120 new jazzers were made, as they learned about jazz rhythms, phrasing, improvisation, and history! This photo with the school’s principals and teachers and our teaching artists was taken just after the culminating concert with the band, chorus, and guitar ensemble. Thanks very much to the Queens College Kupferberg Center Jazz Project and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker for funding this great experience!
I love playing with pianist Lindsey Hundley. Come on out this weekend if you’re in the Los Angeles area! More info on my Calendar page.
Musicians, students, and educators from all around the country came to my presentation at the JEN conference earlier this month, and took the pledge the help a young woman on her path in jazz with one small action. Here are some of them….
What can YOU do?
Monika Herzig and students
Maggie Johnson and Sarah Andrew Wilson
Barbara Leung and John Damberg
Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn
The second episode of my new podcast, “Together in the Woodshed,” featuring conversations with great artists about teaching and learning music, is now available! This episode’s guest is Jane Ira Bloom, an incredible composer and saxophone player, and a faculty member of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
I’ve admired her playing for years, and it was wonderful to get a chance to hear her thoughts on how important nuance and detail are in her thinking and teaching.
Here’s a particularly nice part of our chat:
Elizabeth: How do we set these students up to have that kind of deep, nuanced experience that allows for growth?
Jane: It’s working with students to help them understand that ambiguity – things that you don’t know the answers to, things that you’re uncertain about, things that could go all kinds of different ways, complexity of emotional feeling, things that aren’t black and white – those are things worth thinking about and pursuing in your musical journey. Ambiguity, in all kinds of ways, is something to embrace.
Get the full conversation as a podcast below! And please visit Jane’s website to learn more about all the amazing things she has going on, including a brand new album of ballads nominated for Grammy.
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