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The Newsletter by the Jazz Education Network Research Interest Group (JENRing)

Monika Herzig

Happy Fall and welcome to the October edition of the JENRing newsletter. Follow this link to register for the New Orleans Conference in January and reserve your hotel room - the line-up of presentations and concerts is stellar and a Music Industry Symposium has been added on Wednesday. The JENRing Committee will have the annual meeting at the conference on Friday 1pm and among daily research presentations we will also feature a two-hour poster session with 20 presentations, a Wiki-thon for rewriting the history of Women in Jazz, and presentations by our first two research fellows.

This edition of the newsletter includes various news articles and conference callouts, book reviews, and links to new job listings. Scholarship applications and the Composer Showcase are open until October 15th. Information about the programs is here, please spread the word and encourage students to apply.

Please feel free to share this news compilation and invite colleagues to join the mailing list and/or facebook page. Remember to check the updated job listings here. If you have new books/ articles/ dissertations published, send me the info to be included in the newsletter. Also send over ideas on how JENRing can help you in your jazz research and networking. Items of interest related to jazz research may also be shared on the facebook page.

Monika Herzig
JENRing committee

  • A photographer’s incredible journey in 1960 to capture jazz in America: In October 1959, photographer William Claxton received an unusual call from Germany. On the other end was Joachim-Ernst Berendt, a music writer, who had his heart set on doing a tour of America’s jazz scene. He had seen Claxton’s work, and felt his evocative photography would be the perfect counterpoint to his writing. The pair would start in New York City, hitting Memphis, Chicago, New Orleans, the West Coast, and many other places. By the end of the trip, they had captured the roots and heavyweights of American jazz, but also its fresh faces. The results of the pair’s work is shown in “Jazzlife,” (Taschen) originally published in 1961 but recently reissued. 
    Funeral procession
    The funeral procession home from the cemetery turns into a joyous occasion and celebration for the dead with dancing in the streets to the music of the brass bands, New Orleans. (William Claxton)

  • How New York City Became the Epicenter of Jazz: New York CityJazz has gone global. Just like your job, your mortgage and the cost of gas at the pump, the music now responds to global forces. But one thing hasn’t changed on the jazz scene: New York still sits on top of the heap. Great jazz artists often don’t come from Manhattan, but they struggle to build a reputation and gain career traction if they don’t come to Manhattan.  A nighttime look at 52nd Street, former hotbed of jazz, circa 1948. (Photo: William P. Gottlieb) 
  • New documentary exploring the life of jazz icon Bill Evans hits North VancouverBill EvansBill Evans: Time Remembered tells the story of jazz icon Bill Evans, known as one of the pioneers of modern jazz. He's garnered seven Grammy Awards, a success that includes the highly coveted lifetime achievement award, which he was awarded posthumously. The documentary will showcase at Blue Shore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University on Sept. 15. The film is directed by Bruce Spiegel. To listen to the full interview, click on the audio labelled: Bill Evans: Time Remembered makes its Canadian premier at Capilano University.
  • Now Online: UBC Audio Archive: TUBC Audio Archivehe University of British Columbia’s radio station, CiTR 101.9 FM, has been archiving audio tapes for more than sixty years. Now, through extensive fundraising, restoring and uploading, in partnership with UBC Library's Digitization Centre and the UBC University Archives, the station has digitized more than 500 of these recordings — including music programs, documentaries, public service announcements and live music broadcasts. They are available to the public free of charge via the UBC Library's Open Collections website. The recordings include potentially valuable research materials, such as early 1970s Women’s Studies lectures and workshops, with speakers such as Cynthia Flood, Kay Stockholder, and Ellen Tallman, and interviews with prominent musicians: Vancouver saxophonist Gavin Walker interviewing Dave Holland and Milt Jackson, Bruce Baugh interviewing Lou Reed, and Baugh and Angela Baumgartel interviewing Dave Brubeck.

  • Piano keyboardDissonant tones only unpleasant to a Western ear: New research conducted with a remote Amazonian tribe suggests that people used to non-western music have no preference for consonant over dissonant notes. “The music we hear typically has more consonant chords than dissonant chords, and we may like what we are most exposed to,” researcher Josh McDermott told the New Statesman. He went on to suggest that another explanation could be that people in western cultures have come to associate dissonance with something bad happening. The research is likely to fuel debate on the origin of consonance and dissonance in the development of music. Competing theories have sought to account for the contrast in a number of ways. Some theories have sought the source of dissonance in certain properties of the acoustical signal, while others emphasise the perception of music due to learning. A different approach stresses social and cultural norms which are internalized, an idea the results of the MIT research would seem to support.

  • Monika Herzig Workshop Addresses Gender Disparities in Jazz: Despite the fact that the Conservatory itself has enrolled around 45 percent women in its classes over the past five years, the Jazz department reached a peak of 14.2 percent women in 2015. The number of female Jazz majors in the department is often in the single digits—a discrepancy that has not gone unnoticed. German-born Jazz Pianist Monika Herzig and members of her ensemble visited Oberlin Monday for the Women in Jazz workshop, which addressed the pervasive gender disparity in the jazz community. Herzig seeks to highlight the achievements of past and present female musicians while encouraging female visibility in jazz.

  • Bob Koester opens new record store after Jazz Record Mart Closes: Bob KoesterBob Koester, who founded Chicago’s Delmark Records and recently sold his Jazz Record Mart, turns 84 this month - and he’s celebrating by launching a new store. Bob’s Blues & Jazz Mart had a soft opening recently at 3419 W. Irving Park Rd. After Koester sold the Jazz Record Mart’s inventory and name in February, he began selling records from the front room of Delmark’s studio at 4121 N. Rockwell St.
  • Guelph Jazz FestivalGuelph Jazz Festival Colloquium 2016: University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 14-18, 2016. Research on improvisation as a social practice is necessarily “practice based”; it manifests as research in performance, community outreach, social policy, pedagogy, therapeutic modes, technology, and other forms of embodied agency. Practice-based Research (PBR) methodology shares in the belief that artistic practice is itself a mode of knowledge production, and that the kinds of knowledge generated by means of artistic practice cannot be achieved or understood through conventional approaches to research alone.
  • Call for Papers, Abstracts, & Posters: The 10th International Conference for Research in Music Education will be held in Bath Spa University, UK during 24-27 April 2017. The aim of the conference is to gather together researchers, teachers and practitioners to share and discuss research that is concerned with all aspects of teaching and learning in music. 31st October is the deadline for submission and this is followed by a review period of 5-6 weeks.  

  • Jazz Research Grants from Rutgers: Rutgers Institute of Jazz StudiesThe Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies is once again offering research grants supported by the Morroe Berger-Benny Carter Jazz Research Fund, an endowment established by Benny Carter in 1987. Each year, IJS awards up to ten grants of $1,000 each to assist jazz researchers. Half the awards are designated for students in the Rutgers-Newark Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research and half are awarded to scholars from other institutions or unaffiliated researchers to enable them to visit IJS in conjunction with their projects. This year's deadline for applications is Oct. 21, 2016.

  • Call for Nominations for Editor of CMS Forums: CMS Forums fulfills several important roles, especially the presentation and discussion of issues of current interest and importance to the music profession. CMS Forums serves as a vehicle by which CMS members can exchange ideas and stimulate dialogue through relatively brief and informal essays. It is the responsibility of the Editor to receive and solicit materials, to distribute materials to the Editorial Board for review, to make final decisions on acceptance of articles, and to edit them for publication. The Editor is usually appointed for a three-year term. Nominations, including self-nominations, are welcome and encouraged by the deadline of 15 October 2016.

  • Call for Posters: The Indiana Music Education Association will sponsor a research and best practice poster session at its professional development conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, January 12-14, 2017. In-service teachers, graduate students, university faculty, and others are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. Research, regardless of paradigm, that is either completed or in-progress on any topic relating to music teaching and learning will be considered. Research in related areas will also be considered if a significant connection to teaching and learning processes is evident. In-service teachers conducting action research in their classrooms are encouraged to submit these projects for consideration. Best Practice submissions should describe programs or practices that are effectively meeting important goals in music education. Proposals should include a specific justification and/or rationale for the program or practice, and a description of the context in which it has been implemented. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2016.

  • AHRC Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics Research Event: Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics is an AHRC-funded research network involving colleagues from Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, University of Liverpool, University of Edinburgh, University of Amsterdam, University of Plymouth and the British Library. The first event for the project is taking place at the Regent Street Cinema in London on Thursday 17 November, 2:00-5:30 pm as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival ( Please join us for a keynote address by Professor Mark Smith from the University of South Carolina (2-3pm) entitled "Learning to Listen: Lessons from the American Past," a performance by the Mike Fletcher Trio (3-4pm), and the project launch (4-5:30pm).

    Mark Smith is Carolina Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He is author or editor of a dozen books, including Mastered by the Clock: Time, Slavery, and Freedom in the American South (winner of the Organization of American Historians' 1997 Avery O. Craven Award); Debating Slavery: Economy and Society in the Antebellum American South; Listening to Nineteenth-Century America; How Race Is Made: Slavery, Segregation, and the Senses (a Choice Outstanding Academic Title); Sensing the Past: Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching in History, and Camille, 1969: Histories of a Hurricane. His most recent book, published in 2014, is The Smell of Battle, The Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the American Civil War. The Mike Fletcher Trio brings together composer and multi-reedist Mike Fletcher on saxes and flutes, bassist Olie Brice (Paul Dunmall, Tony Malaby, Ken Vandermark) and renowned US drummer Jeff Williams (Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano).

    For more information contact Nicholas Gebhardt ( or Roger Fagge (



  • Film Review: New Rahsaan Roland Kirk Documentary “The Case of the Three Sided Dream” goes inside the multi-instrumentalist's artistic brilliance: Rahsaan Roland KirkJazz produced many multi-instrumentalists before Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and has produced many more since his death in 1977. But none embodied the idea of multi-instrumentalism as definitively as Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The mission of The Case of the Three Sided Dream, Adam Kahan’s award-winning feature documentary, is to solidify Kirk’s position as an artist to rank alongside John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy and other barrier-shattering contemporaries. This film is currently available through Vimeo on Demand and iTunes. A DVD release, as well as theatrical screenings in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and across Europe, are scheduled for the fall. Purchase this issue from Barnes & Noble or Apple Newsstand. Print and digital subscriptions are also available.
  • Vocal Jazz Improvisation: An Instrumental Approach (Intermediate & Advanced Studies): Vocal Jazz ImprovThis is a book of intermediate and advanced exercises and etudes which I have written for the serious jazz vocalist who wants to take his or her improvisation skills to a higher level. Based in Bebop and traditional jazz sonorities, this book explores common ii-V-I based chord progressions, classic song forms, and favorite jazz standards, in “vocalist friendly” keys for both men and women. Important topics such as jazz theory, jazz scales, chord nomenclature, scat syllables and basic jazz piano are explored. In addition, the book includes downloadable recordings of all the exercises and etudes, offering the chance to sing along with me (voice and sax) and Rosana Eckert (voice).This product page is for US orders only. If you are purchasing from Europe, please CLICK HERE.  

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