Gene Aitken, Grammy-nominated and Fulbright Scholar Dr. Gene Aitken is considered one of the most exciting and energetic jazz educator/clinicians today, and is recognized as a visionary in both jazz education and computer technology.
His activities as a conductor, performer, composer, adventurer, clinician, adjudicator, and producer of educational events have led him to all corners of the globe. As CEO of Jazz Education Abroad, a US non-profit organization, he travels to many countries including Asia and the Middle East include China, Taiwan, Thailand, Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, and many others.
In November 2017, Dr. Gene has concerts in Cyprus with the Strovolos Municipality Big Band, the Lebanon National Conservatory of Music Faculty Big Band, the Taipei Jazz Orchestra, the Fu-University Big Band (Taiwan), and in China with bands from the China Wind Ensemble Festival.
This October 2017, Jazz Education Abroad will present the 4rd Hong Kong International Jazz Education Festival. Dr. Gene will serve an‘In-Residency’ at the Independent Schools Foundation Academy in Hong Kong from 23-26 July 2017, as well as an ‘In-Residency’ in Nansha, China from 9-12 January 2018.
Also in October 2017, he will direct the Taipei Jazz Orchestra in the final concert of the Taichung Jazz Festival in Taichung, Taiwan. Annually, this evening concert attracts over 7,000 jazz fans from throughout Taiwan and Asia.
Most of July 2017, Dr. Gene was in the Middle East and China working with the Lebanon Jazz Workshop, the Cyprus Jazz Workshop, the China Jazz/Saxophone and Concert Band Camp, and serving as the Director of the LeBAM International Summer Band Camp in Beirut, Lebanon.
In January 2017, Dr. Gene was appointed one of the three reviewers to the United States Department of State Fulbright Specialist Program Review Committee to read and make recommend on applicants in the field of Education.
On April 15, 2011, the United States Department of State, on behalf of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, announced Dr. Aitken was the recipient of a Fulbright Specialist Award to assist in developing jazz studies programs and curriculum at Fu-Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan.
In June 2007, Dr. Gene was awarded DownBeat magazine’s Jazz Educator of the Year and inducted into the DownBeat magazine’s Hall of Fame. In addition, he was the 32nd member inducted into the 1995 International Association of Jazz Educator’s Hall of Fame along with Ella Fitzgerald and Doc Severinson, joining luminaries such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and others. Dr. Aitken is only one of four individuals in the world who have received induction into both organizations’ Hall of Fame.
Also, during the same month, Dr. Aitken was appointed the first Cultural Envoy to Nepal by the US Department of State. While there he worked with the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory Jazz Ensemble, the Nepal Police Academy Band, the Nepal Army Band, and various community groups.
The State of Colorado in 1992 awarded Dr. Gene the highest honor given to any artist, the Colorado Artistic Award of Excellence. It has been the only time this honor has been presented to an individual in the field of music.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded the University of Northern Colorado Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Gene, a prestigious 1985 Grammy Nomination. As of this date, he has produced over 40 CDs from the University of Northern Colorado, professional jazz ensembles and vocal jazz ensembles.
He has authored 30 articles for national and international journals on jazz education and computer technology, plus has had several musical compositions published through Kendor Music. In June 1997, the National Education Association published a chapter in their book, “Music in the Twenty-first Century” by Aitken, predicting the future of music education in the world for the 21st Century.
Dr. Aitken is CEO of the non-profit organization, Jazz Education Abroad that is very active in the Middle East and Asian countries.
Dan Gailey, saxophonist/composer/arranger, is in his 25th year as the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Kansas, where he directs Jazz Ensemble I, teaches courses in jazz composition and arranging, produces the annual KU Jazz Festival, and is director of the KU Jazz Workshop. He is the recipient of the 1996 IAJE Gil Evans Fellowship, an annual award which identifies an emerging jazz composer from an international field of candidates. Under his direction, the KU Jazz Studies Program has been the recipient of 22 DownBeat Student Music Awards, including Jazz Ensemble I’s 2015 award for Best College Jazz Ensemble.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music degree in Theory/Composition from the University of Northern Colorado. His compositions can be heard on numerous professional and college big band albums and are published exclusively through UNC Jazz Press. What Did You Dream?, his debut CD with the Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra, was released in July 2010 on Origin/OA2 Records and features all original compositions. The CD spent almost 2 years on the JazzWeek Radio Airplay charts, and received very favorable reviews from JAZZIZ, JazzTimes and Cadence magazines, among others.
Dave Glenn was Director of Jazz Studies and professor of low brass at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington from 1989-2011. He received a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance from North Texas State University and a Master of Music in composition from the University of Northern Colorado. Dave Glenn spent 11 years as a professional trombonist in New York City. While there, he played for ten years with the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band and toured extensively with Bill Watrous’ Manhattan Wildlife Refuge, Diana Ross and Lou Rawls. Dave also subbed on tours with Chuck Mangione, Blood, Sweat and Tears and the Mel Lewis Orchestra. He was on the Grammy-award winning recording Walk on the Water by the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band. Dave Glenn has also recorded two jazz CDs of his original compositions and arrangements, “Journeys” and “National Pastime” (released in June 2009). He has composed five commissioned works for orchestra, the latest being “Romantic Fantasy on Themes by Mozart” by the Walla Walla Symphony in 2015, and numerous chamber works including “Fireflies”, the title piece of a CD by the Free Range Saxophone Quartet (Origin Classical Records) and “Sculpture Garden for Piano Quintet”, commissioned by the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. Dave Glenn is an endorsing artist for Conn/Selmer, a member of American Composers Forum, an Origin Records recording artist and a member of the Executive Board of Directors of Jazz Education Abroad.
Mariano is a versatile player in the jazz and classical idioms. He has being playing concerts, festivals, and doing master classes and workshops in more than half the world. After graduating summa cum laude in Jazz Studies he did a Masters in Arts in woodwind performance and pedagogy at FAU, where he also taught in the jazz program. After playing in the Kathmandu Jazz Festival he decided to stay in Nepal and in 2007 founded the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory (www.katjazz.com) as well as the non-profit organization Nepal Music Educators’ Society (www.nmes.com.np). Since 2010 he has been working with Dr. Aitken in many problematic areas of the world. Now a day he spends most of the time traveling and living between Madrid and Kathmandu.
A native of Iowa, Phillip Dunlap currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri where he is active as a musician and educator. He holds Bachelor of Music degrees in jazz performance (piano) and music theory/composition and a Masters of Music in jazz performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. While there he studied with renowned pianist and educator, Reginald Thomas.
Since 2007, Dunlap has filled the role of Director of Education and Community Engagement for Jazz St. Louis (JSL), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the thriving of jazz in America. In addition to helping JSL operate one of the top-ten jazz clubs in America (Jazz at the Bistro), Mr. Dunlap manages their extensive portfolio of education programs and outreach programs. In 2010, he was chosen as 30 under 30 by the St. Louis Business Journal.
Phil currently teaches courses in Music Business at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and jazz history at the University of Missouri, St. Louis and has performed throughout the United States and abroad with his own group, the Phil Dunlap Quintet, and as a sideman having performed with musicians such as Jimmy Cobb, Terell Stafford, John Pizzarelli, Houston Person, Harold Jones, Sara Gazarek, Byron Stripling, Vincent Gardner, Kenny Rampton, Walter Blanding, Christine Brewer.
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Jamey Aebersold was born July 21, 1939, in New Albany, Indiana. He attended college at Indiana University and graduated in 1962 with a Masters Degree in Saxophone. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by Indiana University in 1992. He also plays piano, bass and banjo.
In 1989, the International Association of Jazz Educators inducted Jamey into their Hall of Fame at the San Diego convention. With this award, Jameyjoins other jazz luminaries such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and others.
Jamey is a internationally-known saxophonist and authority on jazz education and improvisation, and has developed a series of Play-A-Longs (book and cd sets (now numbering almost 130 volumes) as well as various other supplemental aids for the development of improvisational skills. The Aebersold book and recording sets allow a musician the opportunity to practice and improvise with well-known jazz personalities at home as well as in the classroom. The recordings employ some of the best jazz musicians in the world. This concept has been responsible for changing the practice habits of thousands of musicians around the world.
Jamey was one of the first to encourage small group classes which concentrate on jazz improvisation, and he is the director of the Summer Jazz Workshops which now have 40+ years on record. Jamey feels that improvisation is something all people can do—and his clinics and lectures concentrate on demonstrating how the creative and spontaneous nature of each person can be brought to light.
Jamey’s jazz quartet plays numerous school concerts throughout the year which show young people how exciting playing jazz can be and they also explain the benefits of making healthy choices in their daily lives. The quartet stresses not smoking and drinking.
These week-long Summer Jazz Workshops are having a profound effect on musical communities around the world. The Workshops have traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, England, Scotland, Denmark and Canada. Every summer there are at least two week-long Workshops in the U.S. These camps employ many of the finest player/teachers in jazz and are open to any serious jazz student regardless of ability or age.
In 2007, Jamey was awarded the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award by Mitch Daniels, the Governor of Indiana.
On October 4, 1987, CBS’ “Sunday Morning” with Charles Kuralt and Billie Taylor featured Jamey with the Summer Jazz Workshops in an exciting jazz educational segment.
Jamey has taught at three colleges and universities in the Louisville, Kentucky area and has made guest appearances in dozens of cities around the world. While conducting a jazz clinic in Brazil he produced a 110-minute DVD/video appropriately titled “Anyone Can Improvise” which has become a best-seller.
Jamey‘s hobby is listening to jazz, especially new young players. He also enjoys playing basketball (he has hit 50 free throws in a row!) and is very much interested in Metaphysics and spiritual pursuits as they apply to the growth of the individual. In December 2004, the Jazz Midwest Clinic bestowed upon Jamey the “Medal of Honor” in Jazz Education.
Jamey has been a driving force in America’s native art form, Jazz, and continues to kindle the fires of musical imagination in those with whom he comes in contact.
In 1977, Eric began studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. By the time he left Berklee, Eric had achieved the highest possible proficiency rating given by the school. In 1995, Eric was awarded the Berklee Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding achievements in contemporary music. He has since gone on to perform in over 80 different countries, recorded 14 solo CD’s and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles.
Eric started his professional career in 1980 with famed New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. After returning to Los Angeles Eric became a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. He recorded 6 CD’s with Chick Corea’s band and received 2 of his 5 Grammy nominations. He’s won one Grammy award as part of the GRP Super Live CD. Eric went on to perform with artists such as Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, George Duke, David Benoit, The Rippingtons, The Jeff Lorber Fusion, The Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Brian Culbertson, Patti Austin, Lou Rawls, David Lee Roth, The Yellowjackets, B.B. King, Ramsey Louis, Patti Labelle, Olivia Newton-John, and many others.
Eric has won 2 Grammy Awards and has been nominated 7 times as a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.
Among Eric’s 14 solo CD’s, his latest is entitled “Bridges”, on Shanachie Records. Nine of the songs that Eric has recorded have made it to the top 10 of the National Contemporary Jazz Radio Charts and 3 have made it to #1. Eric was voted the year’s “Favorite Alto Sax Players” in the Jazziz Magazine Reader’s Poll along with David Sanborn and Phil Woods.
Eric is the head of the online saxophone school at ArtistWorks.com. He has also written 3instructional books, “Comprehensive Jazz Studies & Exercises”, The Ultimate Jazz Play Along” and “The Music Of Eric Marienthal” as well as 3 instructional videos, “Play Sax From Day One”, “Modern Sax” and “Tricks Of The Trade”, all published by Alfred Publishing/Belwin Jazz.
Every summer for the past 20 years Eric has organized an annual fundraising concert for High Hopes. High Hopes is a non-profit organization in Orange County, California that works with people who have suffered traumatic head injuries. These concerts to date have raised well over $2,000,000 for this charity. Please visit Eric’s web site at www.ericmarienthal.com or contact Eric at email@example.com.
David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career stretching nearly fifty years. He has played with masters including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others; authored books and instructional DVDs which are acknowledged as classics in the jazz field; recorded as a leader in styles ranging from classical to rock to free jazz. He has performed on over 500 recordings with over 200 as a leader/co-leader featuring several hundred original compositions.
“Liebman is among the most important saxophonists in contemporary music . . a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction.” Downbeat Magazine
“While others of his ‘60s generation have fallen off their ambition, Liebman has remained dogged about composition and trying different styles…he’s a fighter.” Ben Ratliff, NY Times
“The confidence that Dave Liebman shows in the chemistry of his musicians is justified and each hearing reveals new facets of these musical gems.” Ken Dryden, NYC Jazz Record
Read more about him at http://davidliebman.com