January 29th, 2014 | No Comments
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?
January 26th, 2014 | No Comments
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.
January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments
Happy new year, all!
I’m giving a presentation at the 2014 Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas next week, entitled “Women in Jazz: Inspiring Our Girls to Play!”
I’m excited to talk with folks there about best practices for inspiring our young women to play, and to stick with playing, jazz! We’re also going to check out some of the amazing – and often overlooked – women of jazz history. Here’s one, guitarist Mary Osborne: