Tag Archives: Jazz Education

Growing Up Artistically

I just finished reading Weird City:  A Sense of Place and Creative Resistance in Austin, Texas by Joshua Long (University of Texas Press, 2010).  Found it a somewhat thin but nonetheless engaging account of recent chapters in the ongoing culture war that makes living in Austin a unique experience.  Not a ‘weird’ one, as some …

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How To Do What We Do

From time to time, an email arrives in my inbox from a jazz group in another part of the country interested in starting a school program such as the AJW in their area, and asking for advice.  Like this one: “I would really appreciate any advice that you have about starting a program that focuses …

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AN OPEN LOVE LETTER TO MADY KAYE

That’s right.  This broad has it all. Lest you have any doubts, I can dispel them instantly.  Just click on the AJW Featured Track to the right.  Go ahead and do it now, I’ll wait. dum da dum dum dum deedle dee… Did you do it?  Good!  Now you’re listening to Mady Kaye singing Cole …

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DA GONG IN ACTION

One of my favorite seasons in recent memory (because recent memory is all I have left) was the Rahsaan Roland Kirk season, presented in 2008-09.  Partly this was due to the incredible talent we had lined up, including Ron Westray on trombone (more on him to come) and Alex Coke on flute, saxophone, and garden …

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