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“The Tool I Wish I’d Had In High School”

Playbook aims to bring the conservatory experience to every student Watch Sammy Miller demonstrate Playbook on the JEI YouTube channel. Sammy Miller is a Julliard-trained and GRAMMY nominated drummer whose band Sammy Miller and The Congregation has headlined at the Newport and Umbria Jazz Festivals, and opened for diverse performers ranging from One Republic toContinue reading ““The Tool I Wish I’d Had In High School””

Remembering John Rapson

JEI Hall of Fame member Ira “John” Rapson, former chair of the University of Iowa Jazz Studies department and a prolific educator, composer, and performer, passed away July 21, 2021 after a long bout with cancer. John joined the UI music faculty in 1993. He established both the BA and MA programs in jazz studiesContinue reading “Remembering John Rapson”

Jazz History Resources

Here is some recommended reading on Jazz History from the panelists in our January 2021 discussion on Honoring the Roots of Jazz in Teaching: “Thinking in Jazz” by Paul Berliner “JAZZ” by Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux “Sayin’ Something “by Ingrid Monson “Notes and Tones” and “Keeping Time” edited by Robert Walser “Blues People” byContinue reading “Jazz History Resources”


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