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Jazz Education Network 2024 Conference

Welcome! We are thrilled to join the Jazz Education Network (JEN) in presenting its 2024 Conference at the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans! We applaud how JEN members embrace an improvisational spirit as you map out innovative and trailblazing ways to engage and educate your students. Thank you!

The JEN conference gives us an opportunity to connect with all of you and to remind you that Yamaha is your partner in music education, not just through our great instruments and professional audio products but also with resources, support and professional development.

See our Product Showcases

We want to express our appreciation and gratitude for everyone involved in making this conference possible. We want to hear about your programs and learn about you and your specific needs to see how Yamaha can partner with you to help.

Stop by our booth to say hello and check out our newest products. We’re eager to talk with you about your needs as a performer or educator. 

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Yamaha Featured Session

“The Intersection of Pedagogy and Performance in Today’s World”

Join John Wittmann, Associate Vice President of Artist Relations for Yamaha Corporation of America, as he leads a panel discussion with Yamaha Performing Artists Ronald McCurdy, Jeff Coffin, Allison Miller and Steve Wilson about the intersection of pedagogy and performance. 

  • Friday, January 6
  • 4:00 – 4:50 p.m.
  • Clinic Room #5 / Harmony

Meet Yamaha Artists

Come by the Yamaha booth (#505) to meet, talk to and even participate in jam sessions with the Yamaha Performing Artists listed below:

Friday, January 6, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Friday, January 6, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 7, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Yamaha Performing Artists’ Clinics and Performances

Wednesday, January 4

Thursday, January 5

  • 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. — Jeff Coffin, “The Sax Loft” (Clinic Room #4 / Kissimmee)
  • 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. — Caleb Chapman, “Selling Out Without Selling Out: Performance Skills for Jazz Artists and Educators” (Clinic Room #1 / Allendale)
  • 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. — Mike Steinel, Mike Steinel Quintet featuring Rosana Eckert (New Voice Stage / International Ballroom III) 
  • 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. — Allison Miller, Allison Miller and Carmen Staaf Duo (LeJENds Stage / Championsgate)
  • 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. — Jeff Coffin, “Connecting the Dots” (Clinic Room #2 / Poinciana)
  • 4:00 – 4:50 p.m. — Rudresh Manhathappa, “Advanced Concepts in Jazz Improvisation: Creating Fresh Vocabluary” (Clinic Room #3 / Heritage Park)
  • 4:00 – 4:50 p.m. — Ron McCurdy, “Babies Gonna Need Some Shoes: Mounting and Sustaining a Career in the Arts in a Post-COVID Landscape” Brasuka (Clinic Room #5 / St. Cloud)

Friday, January 6

  • 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. — Caleb Chapman, Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse The Inevitables (JJF) (Augusta)
  • 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. — Mike Steinel, “Finding the Organic Path to Successful Improvisation” (Clinic Room #1 / Allendale)
  • 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. — Ryan Middagh, Vanderbilt Latin Jazz Ensemble (Conservatory Stage / Celebration)
  • 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. — Caleb Chapman, Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse Time Check Jazz Orchestra (JJF) (Augusta)
  • 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. — Frank Catalano, Frank Catalano Saxtet (LeJENds Stage / Championsgate)
  • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. — John C. O’Leary III, “Nina On My Mind and I’m Feeling Good, Celebrating the Music and Sensibility of Miss Nina Simone (New Voices Stage / International Ballroom III)
  • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. — Jeff Coffin, Ryan Middagh, Socrates Garcia Latin Jazz Orchestra (Inspirations Stage / National Ballroom)
  • 5:00 – 5:50 p.m. — Victor Mendoza, “Contemporary Latin Jazz Guitar” (Clinic Room #3 / Heritage Park)
  • 7:45 – 8:45 p.m. — Jeff Rupert, BENEFIT CONCERT: The Flying Horse Big Band (University of Central Florida) with George Garzone, Clarence Penn (Inspirations Stage / National Ballroom)
  • 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. — Jeff Coffin, Band of Other Brothers (LeJENds Stage / Championsgate)

    Saturday, January 7

    • 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. — Michael Dease, “A Conversation with the Marsalis Award Recipient Michael Dease” (Clinic Room #7 / Partin)
    • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. — Jeff Rupert, Lyman Brodie, “Partnerships are for All of Us! Successful Collaboration Between Educators, Broadcasters and Artists” (WUCF, FM and UCF Jazz Studies) (Clinic Room #6 / Harmony)