[Dixielandjazz] IAJE & TJEN

Steve Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Sun Jan 14 19:47:39 PST 2007

For more about the Traditional Jazz Educators Network (TJEN) and how it is
now partnering with the IAJE and other organizations, see:


Please note that one of TJEN's MAJOR GOALS is to established a formal
teaching programs for New Orleans derived styles of jazz in schools. Because
in large measure: (per their mission statement)

----start snip

"While scholastic jazz education programs are widespread, due in large
measure to the efforts of IAJE, there currently exists no formalized
curriculum for the teaching of New Orleans-derived styles. Relatively few
young people are carrying forward the New Orleans music tradition. . . ."

----end snip

It seems that IAJE jazz teachers, were for the most part ignoring OKOM. TJEN
started the ball rolling along with others. Hopefully they will get a formal
teaching program established in schools, within the IAJE framework.

Dave Robinson has done a great job with TJEN so far and it is a continuing
battle which we might all support.

Please surf the above site, clicking on the "red" words. When you click on
"educators list" you might be surprised at how many, or few, you see there.
However this list is growing and you might support those in YOUR area if you
are not already doing so.

You might also contact your local schools and see if your band can play a
program for them during: -  Black History Month, Mardi Gras, or other such
relevant dates etc.

Steve Barbone

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