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

Monika Herzig

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

Welcome to the November edition of the JENRing newsletter. Don’t forget to follow this link to register for the New Orleans Conference in January and reserve your hotel room. The JENRing Committee will have the annual meeting at the conference on Friday 1 pm. We will especially discuss the option of creating a JEN Research Publication and would love to get everyone’s input and involvement. Also, on Friday at 2 pm we are organizing a Wiki-thon session in conjunction with the Research Paper Presentations. Bring your electronic device and join us in writing Wikipedia entries especially for female jazz musicians who are not represented yet - instructions will be provided. As usual, this edition of the newsletter includes various news articles and conference callouts, book reviews, and links to new job listings. 

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

  • Duke EllingtonAll About Jazz: What makes a standard a standard? How do the nuts and bolts of songwriting combine to make a jazz composition an enduring work of art? This column will explore these questions through the analysis of elements of great songs that have graduated to "standard" status. Each month Tish Oney will post an analytical discussion about a selected jazz standard, examining parameters like chord Van Heusen & Burkeprogression, melody, rhyme scheme, phrase structure, text setting and form. Over time, Tish’s deconstruction of these songs will hopefully lead to a greater understanding of some timeless works of art, offering support for why the songs have endured. The column currently has two articles available: "Prelude To A Kiss By Duke Ellington” and ”Here’s That Rainy Day By Jimmy Van Heusen And Johnny Burke”.
  • Please Support Jazz History Online! Since 2011, JHO has featured the best of jazz, past and present. The site has been praised by musicians and listeners for its perceptive and insightful articles, reviews and essays. Several of its articles feature embedded audio and video recordings, and its longer articles allow its writers to delve deeper within the music. Watch the complete “Sound of Jazz” broadcast with written commentary about the production of the show; learn the history of the Swingle Singers with the most complete history and discography online; listen to 17 rare versions of “Body and Soul”, all recorded before the song premiered on Broadway; and discover the work of brilliant musicians including Jane Ira Bloom, Anita Wardell, Camille Bertault, Brent Fischer, Kerry Marsh, Julia Dollison, and James Carter; and read reviews of the finest new releases and reissues. Keep this valuable resource on the web by making a donation through the secure PayPal portal on the Front Page on
  • Chick Corea Performs the National Anthem at a New York Giants Game. “The spirit of jazz and the spirit of the founding of our country, no matter how shaky and incomplete it was, was a big, big step for humanity. The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were human rights statements that had never been made before in the history of mankind. We were saying freedom of religion, freedom to think. That sentiment should be promoted, we should nurture that and then fix the other stuff.” Read more here.
  • Call for Abstracts: Joint Research Centres Conference NMH will be held in the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway during November 1-3, 2017. What does the future look like for the musician in society? The four Research Centres of the Norwegian Academy of Music invite colleagues from Norway and abroad to address this question by sending proposals for their joint conference The Protean Musician: the musician in future society. Deadline for Proposal submission: February 1, 2017.
  • Call for Papers & Abstracts & Posters: Tennessee Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference will be held at the Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN, during April 5th - 8th, 2017. The topics we are seeking include research and/or Best Practices in Music Education, Music Teaching and Learning. Deadline for Submissions is February 1, 2017; Notification of Acceptance is February 15, 2017.

  • Call for Proposals: The fifth international Rhythm Changes Conference ‘Re/Sounding Jazz’ will take place at the Conservatory of Amsterdam from August 31 to September 3, 2017. The event is delivered in partnership with the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam, Birmingham City University, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, CHIME, and a number of academic publishers and journals. ‘Re/Sounding Jazz’ will be the largest event of its kind world-wide: we expect close to 150 participants. The Conference committee welcomes individual papers and proposals for panels and roundtable discussions. Send abstracts and event queries to Prof. Walter van de Leur at by March 1, 2017.

  • Call for Contributions: International Conference on Artistic Research will take place at Theater Academy Helsinki, Society for Artistic Research University of the Arts, during April 28-29, 2017. PLEASE SPECIFY! Sharing Artistic Research Across Disciplines. THE CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS IS OPEN NOW, UNTIL 11:59 PM ON JANUARY 3, 2017. Please submit your proposal and find more information about the Conference here. The Conference is a collaboration between Society for Artistic Research (SAR) and University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) and it is hosted by the University of the Arts Helsinki. Contact: Riitta Pasanen-Willberg, Conference Manager Senior Advisor, D.A. (Dance), Theatre Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki:

  • Call for Proposals: The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh are seeking submissions for the next AAAE conference, to take place May 31 - June 2, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The deadline is November 30, 2016, and it will not be extended this year. This conference will provide a platform for cross-cultural examination of the variety of contexts in which arts practitioners, researchers, managers, and administrators operate. The event will make space for comparison, co-learning, and exchange on these emergent issues and the ways they are being tackled in local, national, and international contexts.

  • 21st Century Music Practice – Research Network Launch: A new London & SE research network on 21st Century Music Practice involving sixteen universities and other higher education institutions will be launched at a public event on Saturday, November 26th, from 1pm to 5pm, followed by a wine reception at the University of West London. The network will organise six one-day study days throughout 2017 to encourage and disseminate research on the practices of 21st century music. The launch event will include short presentations on each of these six topics followed by discussions.

    Confirmed speakers include: Lisa Busby (Goldsmiths College), Mark Doffman (Oxford University), Leah Kardos (Kingston University), Milton Mermikides (Surrey University), Tom Perchard (Goldsmiths College), Helen Reddington (University of East London), Hillegonda Rietveld (London South Bank University), Chris Wiley (Surrey University), Simon Zagorski-Thomas (University of West London).

    The six presentations will discuss:  1. Performing With Technology; 2. Interaction And Collaboration; 3. Musical Worlds And Environments; 4. Teaching And Creativity; 5. Students and Practice As Research; 6. Seeing And Sound.

  • The University Of West London, St. Mary's Road, London W5 5RF

  • The London & SE 21st Century Music Practice Research Network was established by Professor Simon Zagorski-Thomas of the University of West London in the summer of 2016. The aim is to encourage and disseminate research and scholarly collaboration that includes all areas of contemporary musical activity. In particular the network will seek to stimulate discourse between disciplines: bringing together scholars from popular music, musical theatre, performance studies, music for visual media, recording, electronic and electroacoustic music, live sound, ethnomusicology and composition to discuss broad themes that are relevant across subject boundaries.

    For further details about the event or to be added to the JISC mailing list please contact:

    Participating HEIs:

  • British & Irish Modern Music (BIMM) Institute
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Institute of Contemporary Music Practice (ICMP)
  • Kingston University
  • London South Bank University (LSBU)
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Oxford University
  • Portsmouth University
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
  • Southampton Solent University
  • Surrey University
  • Sussex University
  • University of East London (UEL)
  • London College of Music, University of West London
  • Westminster University
  • Winchester University


  • Conga & Bongo bookThe Conga and Bongo Drum in Jazz: This is the first book ever published on how to play the conga and bongo drum in jazz. This text is an essential tool for band teachers and drummers playing Latin Percussion in jazz with special emphasis on swing. Includes chapters on history, description, tuning, position/posture, notation, strokes, rhythms, etc. Complete with photos, interviews, music transcriptions and video links. This much-needed text fills a niche in the application of the conga and bongo drum in jazz. Special features include archival photos, a rare interview with legendary jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell, companion video with Candido Camero and Bobby Sanabria and the most comprehensive discography ever complied on the use of conga and bongo drums in jazz with over 100 listings and commentary including Candido, Ray Barretto, Armando Peraza, Willie Bobo, and many more. Author’s royalties on this book will be donated to an endowment in the name of legendary percussionist “Candido Camero."
  • Jazz Improv BookJazz Improvisation: Practical Approaches to Grading is the latest book by Antonio García. Published by Meredith Music Publications in paperback and e-book formats and distributed by Hal Leonard, the book explores avenues for creating structures that correspond to course objectives. Click here for more information. Tony is Professor of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University. His recent scores for two independent films have screened across the U.S. and in Italy, Macedonia, Uganda, Australia, Colombia, India, Germany, Brazil, Hong Kong, Mexico, Israel, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

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