Maximizing The Potential of Your Young Jazz Guitarists

By Luke Saunders Question: How do you get young guitarists to stop playing?Answer: Put sheet music in front of them.While a comedic generalization, this jab often holds true. However, it does not have to be that way! Young guitarists bring plenty of useful skills into your jazz band, and you do not need a backgroundContinue reading “Maximizing The Potential of Your Young Jazz Guitarists”

Al Naylor’s Musical History

JEI Hall of Fame member Al Naylor has mentored and taught thousands of Iowa jazz players. Many of them have followed him into teaching and playing professionally. Al’s music career began in his home town of Jefferson, Iowa, where his school band was directed by the legendary Jack Oatts, founder of high school jazz inContinue reading “Al Naylor’s Musical History”

Jazz Listening Resources from Kyle and Mike

We asked Kyle Engelhardt, band director at Cedar Falls High School, and UNI professor Dr. Michael Conrad to give us some examples of jazz artists, along with audio and video suggestions, that students and fans just getting in to jazz can listen and watch on their own that will help them get and keep upContinue reading “Jazz Listening Resources from Kyle and Mike”

IBA Hall of Fame – Jim Dreier Plays His Life

  by Dennis Green “When you play jazz, it really shows your whole life experience, all your influences. You’re playing your life for everybody to see,” says 2020 JEI Hall of Fame inductee Jim Dreier. “And I think if more students listen to jazz that way, it makes it all the more interesting.”Jim is oneContinue reading “IBA Hall of Fame – Jim Dreier Plays His Life”

Kyle Engelhardt’s Wind Instrument Listening Resources

Thanks for taking the time to check out some great jazz artists, from historically important jazz musicians to multi-instrumentalist contemporary performers and educators. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list of performers. Instead, it’s a curated list of three performers on each wind instrument, and is a “jumping off” point in your exploration of jazz instrumentation.Continue reading “Kyle Engelhardt’s Wind Instrument Listening Resources”

Dr. Conrad’s Rhythm Section Listening Resources

Students: DO NOT set out to listen to every artist and every recording listed here within a short amount of time. Instead, use this guide as a starting point to choose some records to check out.  Through that process, when you find something you really like, listen to it over and over. NOT as backgroundContinue reading “Dr. Conrad’s Rhythm Section Listening Resources”

Paul McKee’s Jazz Listening Guide

Iowa Native Paul McKee, now a professor of Jazz Trombone and Arranging/Composition at the University of Colorado, distributed this list at an IBA clinic he conducted on jazz listening a few years ago. Read on or download the pdf. Big Band   Count Basie Complete Atomic Basie (Blue Note/Roulette) Chairman of the Board (Roulette) SinatraContinue reading “Paul McKee’s Jazz Listening Guide”

Building Your Jazz Program from the Ground Up

By Kelly Weber In the past two years as I have bridged the gap from fresh faced new teacher to slightly more veteran, I have found myself stepping into informal mentorship roles. This includes answering questions and giving advice from teachers newer to the profession. While I am always eager to jump in and offerContinue reading “Building Your Jazz Program from the Ground Up”

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