Below, Brian shares his thoughts about the experience, from which he returned "inspired to reach for a higher level of performance, not only as a jazz musician, but as a teacher as well." Auditions for the A-JAM program in 2020 are coming up in November 2019. Be sure to let your students and colleagues know about the program. It could be you taking part next year!
The IASJ Jazz Meeting was an eye-opening experience for me. The meeting brought talented jazz students and faculty from music schools in the United States, Europe, and South America to Zagreb, Croatia for an intense week of jazz performance and discussion. While the players were from diverse locations, and while they may have spoken many different languages, all of them could get together and communicate using the language of jazz.