12th Annual New Jersey State Jazz Conference
The New Jersey Association for Jazz Education is pleased to announce the 2017 NJAJE Jazz Education Conference, our THIRTEENTH annual event presented for New Jersey’s jazz education community. This year’s event will be held on Friday, November 17 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. As in the past, our conference will include a lineup of fantastic presenters and subject areas. This year both instrumental and vocal track attendees will combine for a fascinating session on the relevance of jazz history with our keynote speaker, Dr. Lewis Porter, Professor of Jazz History at Rutgers University, Newark. As in the past, the conference will also include a light breakfast provided by Peak Performance Tours, and our famous gourmet luncheon at NJPAC’s Nico Kitchen+Bar, honoring this year’s Jazz Education Achievement Award winner David Thomas May.
The Thirteenth Annual Jazz Education Conference is provided FREE to all NJAJE members. Non-members may attend for a fee of just $75, which includes a one year membership to NJAJE. Please join us for the Thirteenth Annual Jazz Education Conference by registering for 2017-2018 NJAJE membership by clicking here.
"What Every Student Should Know About Jazz History and Why It's Important" -- Dr. Lewis Porter, clinician. We all probably agree that it would be ideal for our students to have some historical perspective on the music they perform. Renowned jazz historian, author, pianist, and Rutgers professor Dr. Lewis Porter will show how to keep historical jazz questions vital and interesting for your students. Along the way, he'll challenge you to rethink some of the accepted "truisms" of jazz history. We will also have short presentations from Dr. David Demsey of William Paterson on their Living Jazz Archive and how they utilize it in their performing groups; and from Adriana Cuervo, the Associate Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies (the world's largest jazz archive), on the many rare scores, recordings and other treasures in their collection.
Lewis Porter, Ph.D., has long been known as a jazz educator, researcher, and author, most notably of a celebrated volume on John Coltrane, but also of books and articles on every aspect of jazz and its history. Between 1979 and 1986, he was the first jazz band director at both Brandeis and Tufts (and also directed the symphonic band and pep band at Tufts). He has conducted clinics and workshops at colleges across the USA and Europe. Dr. Porter also maintains a very active career as a jazz pianist and composer. He has performed across the USA and Europe with Dave Liebman (who premiered one of Dr. Porter's saxophone concertos), Joe Lovano, Wycliffe Gordon, Ravi Coltrane, Marc Ribot, and many others. He appears on 25 albums, and his next album as a leader will feature John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Tia Fuller. He received a Grammy nomination in 1995. A long-time music professor at Rutgers in Newark, he also teaches private students worldwide by Skype. Follow him at Lewisporter.com and on Facebook.
“Reading Session: What’s New for Jazz Ensemble” – Jeffrey Haas, clinician. This session is the industry’s most comprehensive new music reading session, and features some of this year's best charts for jazz bands at all levels - from beginning middle school to advanced high school and college. Music provided by Hal Leonard, Belwin, Sierra, Kendor, Doug Beach, Barnhouse, Smart Chart, Jalen Jazz, Jazz Lines and Walrus Publications. Jeffrey Haas is Adjunct Professor of Music at Montclair State University, Director of Bands at Ridgewood High School and is Vice President of NJAJE.
“Reading Session: What’s New for Vocal Jazz Ensemble” – Steven Bishop, clinician. This session is new and features some of the best charts for jazz choirs at all levels. Mr. Bishop is the Choir Director at Burlington Township High School and Vocal Jazz Co-Chair of NJAJE.
Professional Development Credit
This conference has been developed according to the 2014 New Jersey Standards for Required Professional Development of Teachers. The following PD standards will be addressed: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. The subject matter covered in this conference addresses the following NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 6.1, 6.3, 6.4, 6.6, 7.2, 9.1, 9.2.
Five hours of professional development credit will be awarded to attendees. NJAJE is a registered professional development provider (Provider No. 5098.)
For more information, contact:
Jeffrey Haas, NJAJE Vice President and Conference Chair