*San Diego – Thousands of jazz enthusiasts from the global community are gathering in San Diego, for the 6th Annual Jazz Education Network/JEN Conference. The conference will be held on January 7-10, 2015, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

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Jazz Education Network Conference Banner: Photo Credit, Jazz Education Network

Attendees at this year’s conference can look forward to 77 live performances by professional, student and community groups. There will be 71 educational clinics, 36 research presentations, industry exhibits, networking opportunities, jam sections and much more.

The San Diego event is the first time that the conference is scheduled for the West Coast. Let’s hope that our warm Southern California weather serve as a pleasant welcome mat. Previous conferences were held in St. Louis (2010), New Orleans (2011), Louisville (2012), Atlanta (2013) and last year in Dallas (2014)

The theme for the 6th Annual Conference, Outreach: Sharing the Gift of Jazz.” The featured evening concerts will consists of headliner performances by: Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Ann Patterson’s Maiden Voyage, MONK’estra, Holly Hofman’s Alto Flute Project, U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors, Greg Bissonette, Eric Marienthal, just to name a few.

The conference is thoroughly entertaining and engaging. JEN will present a student composition showcase and scholarships and awards to students and directors who were nominated by their peers.

Additional activities is a fundraiser Gala-this is JEN’s tradition of honoring LeJENds of Jazz Education. 2014 LeJENds honoress are Herbie Hancock and Bobby Shew. Poncho Sanchez will receive the 2nd Annual Award-LeJENd of Latin Jazz: Keepers of the Flame. JEN will also join the African American Jazz Caucas to present U.S. Congressman John Conyers with the Donald Meade Griot Award.

The educational community will be enriched as a result of the JENeration Jazz Festival, a non-competitive adjudicated performance series created for junior high and high school vocal and instrumental groups of all sizes. Each group will perform annd receive a clinic from a celebritiy judge.

JEN membership is required to register for the conference. To see a full conference schedule and to register for the conference, visit www.JazzEdNet.org Follow along with the conversation by using the hastag #jen15 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

About Jazz Education Network- The Jazz Education Network is dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performances, and developing new audiences. With a home base in the United States, and members in more than 23 countries, this thriving organization host a popular annual conference that serves teachers, students, artists, performing arts presenters, music industry partners, and more. Everyone involved in JEN is passionate about jazz and jazz education. JEN runs ongoing programs of scholarships for students and educators, student composition showcases, community outreach, music and instrument donations to schools in need, and mentoring with jazz pros and students.

Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based music reviewer, writer and photographer. Contach him via: [email protected].