“Jazz music is one of America’s most signiﬁcant contributionsto world culture. It speaks to the universal need forcommunity, communication and self-expression.” —Wynton Marsalis
Jazz in AZSince 1977, Jazz in Arizonahas fulﬁlled its mission: tosupport the art of live jazzand cultivate interest inthe music througheducation, scholarshipsand community outreach.
Lewis Nash Jazz in AZ Center In Spring 2012, Jazz in Arizona will have a new home: the Lewis Nash Jazz in AZ Center. Named for the legendary musician and Phoenix native, the Center will celebrate the cultural treasure of American music and ensure the future of jazz for generations to come.
The Lewis Nash Jazz in AZ Center (“The Nash”) will be more than aconcert venue. The new facility oﬀers Jazz in AZ the opportunity todramatically expand upon its educational programming.The education committee of the Board of Directors has prepared thisdocument as a tool to help us visualize the various types of educationprograms we intend to provide.
The goals of this visioning process are to: articulate our vision for jazz education; gather information and advice from the community; describe our long-term (5-year) program plans; establish guidelines for participating artists-educators; and identify key program objectives for our ﬁrst year of operation. This is the stage we are in now. Year one objectives should be speciﬁc, measurable and attainable.
We solicited advice from three groups 1 Jazz in AZ stakeholders Respected colleagues 1 Experts in 2 the ﬁeld 3
We asked the following questions: What are our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats? What kinds of jazz education programs are possible? What are other, similar organizations accomplishing nationally and around the world? What models should we study? What are the best practices in the ﬁeld? What can we learn from other organizations’ successes and failures? What kinds of programs are needed here in the Valley of the Sun? What resources currently exist? Which are lacking? What education programs would you, personally, like to see? What would be of beneﬁt to you and your network?
The Lewis Nash Jazz in AZ Center will oﬀer a dynamic array ofjazz presentation and education programs for youth, adults,artists and audiences in the concert hall, classroom andcommunity.We envision a year-round calendar of intimate on-site events,enhanced through strategic partnerships with regional annational artists, schools and organizations, reaching a globalonline audience.The following values emerged as guiding principles to shape allour programs:
Inclusivity — the conviction that jazz is for everyone: children,adults, seniors, and families; musicians and non-musicians;privileged and the under-served.Diversity — a commitment to stylistically diverse programs andculturally diverse artists and audiences. Freedom from jazz purismand genre stagnation. A “both/and” approach to jazz preservationand exploration.Unity — educational programs should be fully integrated withperformance programs. We will be neither a jazz club that oﬀersworkshops, nor a school that hosts shows, but a uniﬁed jazzpresentation and education organization.Relevance — always ﬁll real essential needs, never duplicate existingprograms, assist rather than compete, seek out eﬀective strategicpartnerships.Excellence — maintain the highest quality. Strive for all programs tobe informative, interactive, fun, regularly evaluated and improved.
1. Jazz in the Schools | introducing kids to jazz2. Teacher Training Institute | in-service certiﬁcation3. Meet the Masters | workshops for musicians4. Jazz in AZ Academy | after school & weekends5. Jazz in AZ Camp | summer session6. Jazz in AZ Scholarships | talent, merit & need-based7. Private Instruction | rental & referral8. Jazz in AZ Combo Lab | coaching & mentoring9. Jazz After Hours | hosted jam sessions10. Family Matinee Concerts | jazz for young people11. Inside Jazz | pre-concert talks12. Jazz Essentials | music appreciation course13. Lewis Nash Jazz Fellowship | artist in residence14. Arizona Jazz Summit | industry symposium15. Jazz on Film Festival | features & documentaries16. Member Listening Parties | guided listening & commentary17. Jazz in AZ Career Center | technical assistance consulting18. Online Learning | calendar, curricula & resources
Jazz in the Schools introducing kids to jazzBased on the innovative model developed by ArtsVision 2, Jazz inAZ will contract with, train and supervise ensembles of teachingartists to lead Jazz in the Schools for 4th grade students and teachers.
Jazz in the Schools will incorporate some elements from, andsigniﬁcantly expand upon, the existing How Cool is Jazz program.Oﬀered free to public schools throughout the academic year, theprogram will be expanded (as funding permits) to encompass severalensembles serving diﬀerent 4th grade classes on multiple campuses.Teaching artists will be selected annually by invitation and competitiveaudition, across a variety of musical styles and sub-genres. In theinterest of access and diversity, participating ensembles will changefrom year to year.Program highlights include classroom visits, school assemblies, ﬁeldtrips to the Nash, a Teacher Training Institute, student workbooks,vocabulary, and other pre- and post-visit activity resources for teachersand students to use throughout the year.
Program content will follow government curriculum guidelines anddistrict content standards, and will be informed by the most currentarts education research.Our teaching methodology will confer skills to help students negotiatethis important transitional period in their lives. Drawing on thefundamental elements of jazz, students will be immersed in the jazzconcepts of collaboration and improvisation.Curriculum-based residencies, developed in consultation with districtpersonnel, will link jazz with classroom subjects. For example, Blues &Poetry to language arts, Oral Tradition to social studies, Jazz & TheAmerican Spirit to history, Syncopated Rhythm to mathematics.Annual program evaluation and revision will ensure ongoing programimprovement and student achievement.
Teacher Training Institute in-service certiﬁcationTwice annually (one Saturdayafternoon each academicsemester), Jazz in AZ will host aTeacher Training Institute for Jazzin the Schools teachers (andinterested others), providingspecial training, resources andin-service participationcertiﬁcation for bringing jazzinto the classroom.
Meet the Masters workshops for musicians5 to 10 times annually, Jazz in AZwill host Meet the Mastersworkshops for musicians,featuring prominent regional andtouring artists (in associationwith partner presenters) at theLewis Nash Jazz in AZ Center.Oﬀered free to Jazz in AZmembers and students, mostworkshops will be open to thepublic for a nominal fee.
Meet the Masters workshops will include:Informances — informal performances, aka “concerts withconversation,” in which teaching artists present a mini-concert onstage followed by a moderated Q&A session with attendees;Open Rehearsals — in which aspiring musicians have the opportunityto go behind-the-scenes and witness the creative processes of mastersas they develop new work and prepare a performance;Clinics — interactive and topical lecture/demonstrations, often vocal-or instrument-speciﬁc, in which master musicians oﬀer training in theﬁner nuances of speciﬁc techniques; andMaster Classes — ensemble instruction based on the conservatorymodel, in which an exceptional student/ensemble performs for and iscritiqued by a master musician, before an audience of fellow students.
Jazz in AZ Academyafter school & Weekends The Jazz in AZ Academy will oﬀer instrumental jazz instruction to middle school students throughout the academic year. Interested students must submit an application, letter of recommendation from a band director or teacher, and attend a live audition. The moderately priced program will be oﬀered tuition free to selected students based on household income veriﬁcation.
Modeled after successful programs in San Francisco and New York 3,the Jazz in AZ Academy will meet weekly from October through May,with a culminating public performance at the close of each semester.Each student will receive Private Instruction after school during theweek in addition to Saturday Academy group classes at the Lewis NashJazz in AZ Center in downtown Phoenix.During the Saturday Academy, students will be taught to play jazz,with an emphasis on teamwork, creativity and self-expression.Academy faculty will be accomplished artists and educators from theregion.Participating students will have the opportunity to participate inMeet the Masters workshops with legendary musicians each semester.Students will also receive free and discounted tickets to evening andweekend Family Matinee Concerts.
Jazz in AZ Camp summer sessionsModeled on leading national 4programs, Jazz in AZ Camp willbe a week-long intensive daycamp during the summermonths which expands uponour Jazz in AZ Academyoﬀerings during the schoolyear with additional listening,learning, study andperformance opportunities.
Jazz in AZ Scholarships talent, merit & need-based5 to 10 Jazz in AZ Scholarshipswill be oﬀered annually toaspiring musicians of allages, to assist with expensesassociated with jazz studies.Scholarships may be oﬀeredover a range of amounts upto several thousand dollarsin value, and may beawarded based on talent,merit and/or need.
The existing Jazz in AZ Scholarships program will be enhanced asfollows:Deadlines — Annual application and award deadlines will beestablished, driven by the rhythm of the academic year, planningtimetables of students and parents, and the Jazz in AZ fundraisingcalendar/ﬁscal year. Scholarships will only be awarded once annuallyafter segregated funds have been raised and allocated. Annualdeadlines will be established for completion of fundraising,application, adjudication, notiﬁcation, awards and award ceremonies.Named Scholarships — Jazz in AZ will adopt a donor-designatednamed scholarship fund model to allow for greater speciﬁcity withregard to award amounts and individual scholarship objectives.Scholarships may be named after historic jazz masters (for example,Illinois Jacquet, Lewis Nash or Art & Addison Farmer), after donors
making multi-year gift commitments (an excellent naming opportunityfor donors who express interest in jazz education), after communityleaders or artist-educators of special signiﬁcance to the organization,or in memory of a donor who makes a generous bequest to thescholarship program. An annual concert may also be created to raisedfunds for a named memorial scholarship (the James Williams/WilliamPatteron University model).Application & Adjudication — The Jazz in AZ education committeewill recruit a jazz education advisory council to recommend applicantseach cycle by telephone or email. Jazz in AZ will actively seek outstudents recommended by this group and encourage them to apply.The education committee of the Jazz in AZ Board of Directors willserve as the Scholarship Adjudication Committee, evaluatingapplications in an ad-hoc meeting each cycle. Existing applicationrequirements may be enhanced with the addition of required audio/video samples. Final award decisions will be at the discretion of theExecutive Director.
Private Instruction rental & referralJazz in AZ will assistmusicians seeking PrivateInstruction by oﬀering studiorentals to regional artist-educators and by maintaininga preferred teacher referrallist, including teachers whomay reside outside thePhoenix area and oﬀerlessons by Skype.
Jazz in AZ Combo Lab coaching & mentoringOpen to student musicians ofall ages, at all levels of ability,the Jazz in AZ Combo Lab willbe an ongoing, year-roundprogram, helping aspiringjazz players meet up withothers of comparable skill,form combos, jam togetherand learn the nuances ofsmall ensemble playing.Experienced bandleaders willguide these sessions andserve as coaches and mentors.
Jazz After Hourshosted jam sessions Jazz A(er Hours will be a series of jam sessions at the Nash, held frequently as part of the venue’s year-round schedule of events. In addition to regular evening sessions, special late- night “after hours” sessions will be oﬀered so that regional and touring artists can come together after performances to jam. Sessions will be supervised by a rotating series of “host” musicians.
Family Matinee Concerts jazz for young peopleAs part of each season ofconcert oﬀerings, Jazz in AZwill include one or moreFamily Matinee Concertsdesigned for kids and families.Fun-ﬁlled, educational andinteractive, these one-hourshows on weekend afternoonswill feature lively performance,audience participation andQ&A with the artists.
Inside Jazzpre-concert talks At select performances during each concert season, Jazz in AZ will oﬀer intimate, moderated discussions with featured performing artists one hour prior to show time. Free to ticket holders, Inside Jazz pre-concert talks will provide insight into the performer’s music and creative process.
Jazz Essentialsmusic appreciation course Modeled on leading national 5 programs and presented twice annually, each ﬁve-week Jazz Essentials course will oﬀer an in- depth look at jazz in all its forms. Taught be top regional artists and lecturers, these classes will combine discussion, deep listening, live performance, guest musicians, and classic audio and video clips to oﬀer the most distinctive jazz appreciation course available for adults.
Lewis Nash Jazz Fellowship artist in residenceThe Lewis Nash Jazz Fe)owshipis a cash award and residency,awarded annually to an artist-educator, who works withyoung musicians participatingin Jazz in AZ programs. Theartist-in-residence serves as aclinician and mentor tostudents, while developing hisor her own new work for apremiere performance at theLewis Nash Jazz in AZCenter.
Arizona Jazz Summit industry symposiumHosted by Jazz in AZ andattended by musicians andindustry professionals, theArizona Jazz Summit will bean annual symposium, townmeeting and panel discussionto discuss the current state ofjazz in the region. Moderatelypriced and free to members,the Summit will exploresolutions to shared challengeswhile introducing peers toNash programs and resources.
Jazz on Film Festivalfeatures & documentaries Presented annually over several consecutive evenings, the Jazz on Film Festival will invoke jazz as a visual medium. Hosted by guest archivists and curators, the annual event will include historic footage of jazz legends in performance, documentaries on jazz subjects and feature ﬁlms with jazz soundtracks.
Member Listening Partiesguided listening & commentary Member Listening Parties feature a jazz recording artist in conversation, playing excerpts from favorite albums and sharing insights and anecdotes about the music. Oﬀering a behind- the-scenes perspective in an intimate setting, this annual event will be one of several unique programs oﬀered only to Jazz in AZ members.
Jazz in AZ Career Centertechnical assistance consulting The Jazz in AZ Career Center will provide professional musicians with access to a national database of industry professionals for technical assistance consultations on an hourly basis. Counseling will be available in such areas as publicity, grantwriting, contract negotiation, music publishing & licensing, bookings and more.
Online Learning calendar, curricula & resourcesJazz in AZ will oﬀer OnlineLearning through its website,which will include (a) livestreaming and audio/video ofNash Center programs, (b) acomprehensive mastercalendar of Arizona jazzevents, and (c) links to topnational online curricula forstudents and teachers: Jazzin America, Jazz for YoungPeople and Jazz in the Schools.
PARTNERSHIPSOur success will be depend on our ability to form strongstrategic partnerships with other nonproﬁt arts and communityorganizations, boys and girls clubs, art museums and galleries,arts magnet and charter schools, area restaurants, hotels, resortsand merchants, churches, musical instrument manufacturersand technology companies.
ATMOSPHEREOur venue should be avibrant and informal “thirdplace,” more gallery thanmuseum, more coﬀeehousethan concert hall. Theatmosphere should be awelcoming one ofexperimentation, discovery,interaction, participation andfun. A place where all ages,but especially young people,will feel comfortable justhanging out.
TECHNOLOGY In addition to free, wireless high speed internet, the facility should have turnkey access to state-of-the-art technology, including a midi digital keyboard, computer, monitor, music software, video camera, projection, public address and sound equipment. Simulcasting capability is key, both for live streaming of our events, and on- site viewing of important jazz events happening elsewhere.
Life-Long Engagement The Lewis Nash Jazz in AZ Center will oﬀer a richly diverse array of listening and learning experiences that serve artists, build audiences and foster life-long engagement with jazz.
FOOTNOTES1 For Jazz in AZ, Board President Steve Douglass, Executive Director Joel Goldenthal, and EducationCommittee members Jeﬀ Libman, Dmitri Matheny and Stu Siefer. Arizona-based artist/educators consultedinclude Fred Forney, Jeremy Lappitt, Nick Manson, Eric Rasmussen, Adam Roberts and Raul Yanez. Experts inthe ﬁeld (studied and/or interviewed) include Marty Ashby, Manchester Cra(smen’s Guild (Pittsburgh PA); EdDunsavage, Siskiyou Institute (Ashland OR); Earshot Jazz (Seattle WA); Bruce Forman, Jazz Masters Workshop(Carmel CA); Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen MI); Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York NY); Jazz CampWest (Loma Mar CA); Jazzschool (Berkeley CA); Kennedy Center Jazz (Washington DC); Mitchell Korn, ArtsVision(Nashville TN); Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey CA); National Jazz Service Organization (Washington DC); TomGuralnick, Outpost Performance Space (Albuquerque NM); New Mexico Jazz Workshop (Albuquerque NM);SFJAZZ | San Francisco Jazz Organization (San Francisco CA); Stanford Jazz Workshop (Stanford CA); TheloniousMonk Institute of Jazz (Los Angeles CA); Villy Wang, Bay Cat (San Francisco CA); and Young Musicians Program(Berkeley CA).2 ArtsVision has designed many of the nation’s most important and sustainable arts education initiatives forSan Francisco Symphony, New York City Annenberg Initiative, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, ClevelandOrchestra Learning Through Music, San Francisco Ballet, Hart School of Music, Carnegie Hall, North CarolinaBlumenthal Performing Arts Center, Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Baltimore Symphony, Orange CountyPerforming Arts Center, SFJAZZ and others.3 The Young Musicians Program of UC Berkeley and the Middle School Jazz Academy of Jazz at Lincoln Centerin New York City.4 National Music Camp at Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen MI), Stanford Jazz Workshop (Stanford CA)and Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop (Louisville KY).5 Swing University (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Discover Jazz (SFJAZZ) and Jazz 101 (Kennedy Center).
Jazz in Arizona, Inc. PO Box 2913Scottsdale AZ 85252-2913 www.jazzinaz.org