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January 11, 2006

World’s Largest Jazz Conference In New York City

Written by
cindy mcleod

The International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) returns to New York City, January 11 – 14, 2006, for its 33rd Annual Conference. The Hilton New York and Sheraton New York Hotels will be the headquarters for the largest annual gathering of the global jazz community, with over 7,000 educators, musicians, industry executives, exhibitors, media and students from 35 countries expected to attend. The conference remains in NYC until 2008, when IAJE conference moves to Toronto.

Education, teacher training and networking are the heart of the conference agenda, combined with an impressive performance schedule. The conference features a 75,000 square-foot industry exposition, commission premieres, technology presentations, research papers, award ceremonies, and top school groups from Europe, Australia, Croatia, Peru, Israel, Canada, and the United States.

IAJE is presenting more than 70 jazz musicians throughout the week, in various concert, clinic and panel formats. Concerts of note include John Faddis & the Jazz Orchestra of New York, the Corea, DeJohnette, Gomez Trio, Javon Jackson with Dr. Lonnie Smith, and the Kenny Werner Trio. The IAJE Masters Awards Concert will honour Ray Barotto, Tony Bennett, Bob Brookmeyer, Chick Corea, Buddy De Franco, Freddy Hubbard and John Levy, and will be hosted by Nancy Wilson and Ramsay Lewis. On Saturday night IAJE will honour trumpeter Clark Terry with this year’s ‘President’s Award’ for his lifelong contributions to jazz.

Jams will be held Jan 13th &14th at Birdland, and are hosted by jazz masters Gary Bartz, Claire Daly, Robin Eubanks, and Giacamo Gates. Jams begin at 1am each evening, with hosts Willard Jenkins (Open Sky Jazz), Mike Schwartz (KSJS), Lois Gilbert (Jazzcorner.com) and Steve Schwartz (WGBH).

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.iaje.org

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