Sunday, July 31, 2011

Top 10 from JEN

A recent survey, published in JAZZed, the magazine of the Jazz Educators Network (JEN), shows that US educators' top tunes to know in jazz are very similar to the IASJ's top 10 list. 

All Alamo Colleges Jazz Allstars, as well as all students who take part in the annual IASJ meeting (e.g., this year in São Paulo), are expected to know all of these for purposes of jam sessions and auditions. 

Compare the JEN list below with the IASJ Top 10. Shows how standard the core standards are worldwide. Are you thinking of auditioning for the next Alamo Colleges Jazz Allstars? Follow the link above, download the charts, start listening and learning these tunes now. There are a couple of new ones on the way...
1.All the Things You Are
2.Autumn Leaves
3.Body & Soul
4.On Green Dolphin Street
5.Stella by Starlight
6.Take the A-Train
7.There Will Never Be Another You
8.Alone Together
9.What is This Thing Called Love?
10.Have You Met Miss Jones?

Friday, July 29, 2011

IASJ São Paulo: An Irish Journal

Bassist/educator Ronan Guilfoyle from Ireland has a wonderful blog. Here's part one of his journal about  the IASJ meeting in São Paulo. He really gives you the flavor of the day-to-day activities of the meeting. Check it out.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"The State of Jazz: A Visit to Brazil"

In fall  of 2011, Lydia Liebman begins her second year as a student at Emerson College and Berklee College of Music, both in Boston. She's also the daughter of renowned saxophonist David Liebman, the Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz, the mother organization for the Alamo Colleges Jazz Allstars.

She wrote about her experiences in São Paulo for Education Update Online. Read her take on the meeting in São Paulo that Jeané Gaines, our first Alamo Allstar, attended. Read the article: THE STATE OF JAZZ: A VISIT TO BRAZIL

Friday, July 15, 2011

Back from Brazil

Jeané Gaines, a jazz singer and Northwest Vista College student, and our first Alamo Colleges Jazz Allstar, has just come home from a trip to São Paulo, Brazil that she will never forget. She's reached across cultures, made new friends--young and old--worked hard, and had herself quite a time.

Our video bar contains a few moments from the 2011 meeting of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) at the Souza Lima Conservatory.

Be sure to watch the trailor for an upcoming documentary film on the IASJ by Israeli filmmaker Leon Segal, entitled "It's Not About the Music." It is about the music, of course, but it's much more than that, as you'll see. It's about collaboration, community, communication, and peace.

Stay tuned, and thanks for your support!