Saturday, April 2, 2011

About the Alamo Allstars and the IASJ

 "The future of jazz is linked with jazz education and ...the IASJ is the chain!"

Each year in November, an outside panel of professional musicians selects a new Alamo Allstars student combo.  Auditions are performed live in a San Antonio jazz venue. The combo trains and peforms locally throughout the spring semester. The culminating event in the Alamo Allstars spring season is the grand prize recipient's participation in the annual meeting of the International Association of Schools of Jazz.

The IASJ, established in 1989, is the only existing world wide network of schools of jazz. Students, teachers and representatives are connected through the IASJ. During the Annual IASJ Jazz Meeting, which takes place in a different country every year, they perform, teach and network and build up live-long professional relations and friendships.  Read more...

Katchie Cartwright, the program coordinator, serves on the Board of Directors of the IASJ. The Alamo Allstars are the first community college representatives in the history of the organization.

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