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Lessons with the Masters...Rehearsing the Jazz Band

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  • These top educators will share secrets to challenges that confront us every day. Enter the virtual rehearsal hall of these educators who bring a wealth of experience and suggestions that will aid you in your teaching. Topics include: Rehearsal Philosophy/Preparation, Improvisation, Ensemble Technique, Literature and Listening. The goal of this session is to motivate and provide teaching techniques that will assist in developing quality ensembles.
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  • 12/19/2019 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
  • Mary Jo Papich is CoFounder and first president of the Jazz Education Network. She is the founder/director for student Fests in New Orleans and Puerto Vallarta. Serving public school education for 35+ years, MJ served as Fine Arts Director for Skokie D219; Fine Arts Chair at Highland Park HS. As district Fine Arts Coordinator in Peoria Public School 150 she founded the Peoria Jazz All Stars who performed at Montreux, North Sea, and Umbria Jazz Festivals, IMEA Conference, ASBDA and many events. Prior, Mary Jo was an award winning band director at Peoria’s Woodruff High School. Her leadership/honor positions include serving on the selection committee for the NARAS Grammy Music Educator of the Year award, Artistic Access to Excellence Panel for the NEA, ILMEA VP, and HP Cultural Arts Commission, Central IL ArtsPartners and many other arts organizations. Mary Jo’s recent honors include receiving Jazz Education Achievement Award from DownBeat, Women in Jazz Award from the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. HPHS Focus on the Arts annually awards a Highland Park High School student the MJ Papich Leadership Scholarship. JEN honors her by giving the Mary Jo Papich Women In Jazz Scholarship to deserving students. In 2015, Tau Beta Sigma presented her with the Outstanding Service to Music Education award. She was recently presented with the Outstanding Jazz Educator of the Year award from the Chicago Jazz Institute in April 2018 and the prestigious Medal of Honor from Midwest Clinic in 2019. Papich is the editor of The Jazz Educator’s Cookbook and Rehearsing the Jazz Band, Vol. 1. These books are published by Meredith Music and distributed by Hal Leonard Music, proceeds go to Jazz Education NetworkHer many presentations include: NAfME Conference, many State MEA conferences, Midwest Clinic, IAJE Conferences, Siena Jazz Foundation, South African Jazz Conf, Brubeck Institute. Her professional affiliations include JEN, ILMEA, NAfME, Illinois Arts in Education Alliance.
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  • Roxanne Stevenson
  • Roxanne Stevenson is Professor of Music Education, Director of Bands, Coordinator for Music Ed and Gospel Music concentrations at Chicago State University. She earned a B.S. from Bethune-Cookman University and the M.S. from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. A saxophonist, she performed with the weekly gospel show “Singsation”, Bernie Mac, Vickie Winans, Jean Carnes, Cherelle, the Chi-Lites and others. She was featured with her group “Roxanne Stevenson RSVP” on WLS-abc 7 Chicago’s television show “Windy City Live”, Chicago's "Gospel on the Pier," WGN's "Gospel Heritage," Fox Television's Christmas Special, "For Colored Girls WGN," and the Chicago Jazz Festival. She plays for Trinity UCC aired nightly. She is saxophonist and/or arranger on CDs including Stellar and Grammy Award nominated "Unplugged” by Ricky Dillard and "Stay Connected" by Trinity UCC (music of Africans in Diaspora Africa to America). Stevenson is Jazz Coordinator for the HBCU-National Band Director’s Consortium, panelist for the Illinois Arts Council, director/master class teacher for Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camps, adjudicator, panelist and director for festivals and competitions. She has been the band/choral director and classroom/music teacher grades k-12. The CSU Community Jazz Band started in 1992 by Stevenson has presented at the IMEA All-State Conference, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, National Association for Negro Musicians Centennial Conference, Jazz Education Network Conference and other festivals. The band was nominated for the 16th Annual Black Excellence “Best Performance in Jazz Award” by the African American Alliance of Chicago. Stevenson also started the CSU Concert Band, Gospel Ensemble, Marching Band and the BA in Gospel Music Concentration. She is a contributor to the textbooks Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz Volumes I & II and is author of the article “Novel to Normal: Seeing Women in Music” published in the Illinois Music Educator Journal and the Connecticut Music Educator Journal. Stevenson is a member of the Women Band Directors International, Illinois Music Education Association, Jazz Education Network (Sisters in Jazz Committee) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Stevenson received the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago’s Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music – Jazz, The Absolute Winds of Change Tribute to Chicago’s African-American Women in Jazz and a Christian Girls Rock award. She was a quarter-finalist for the 2nd Annual Grammy Music Educator Award. Professor Stevenson is the mother of two girls, Morgan and Bailey.  
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  • Antonio Garcia
  • Antonio J. García is a performer, composer/arranger, producer, clinician, educator, and author in both instrumental and vocal genres. The Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, he is a past nominee for CASE U.S. Professor of the Year and is the recipient of Northern Illinois University’s 1992 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Illinois Music Educators Association’s 2001 Distinguished Service Award, and the VCU School of the Arts’ 2015 Faculty Award of Excellence. His newest book, Jazz Improvisation: Practical Approaches to Grading (Meredith Music), explores avenues for creating structures that correspond to course objectives. His Cutting the Changes: Jazz Improvisation via Key Centers (Kjos Music) offers musicians of all ages the opportunity to improvise over standard tunes using just their major scales. Tony has performed as trombonist, bass trombonist, or pianist with 70 major artists including Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Mel Tormé, Billy Eckstine, Doc Severinsen, Louie Bellson, Dave Brubeck, and Phil Collins. A Bach/Selmer clinician/soloist and avid scat-singer, he is Associate Jazz Editor for the International Trombone Association Journal, Past Editor of the IAJE Jazz Education Journal, Past President of IAJE-IL, Board Secretary of The Midwest Clinic, previously a board member of the Illinois Coalition for Music Education, and is Co-Editor/Contributing Author of Teaching Jazz: A Course of Study. He serves as a Network Expert (for Improvisation Materials) for the Jazz Education Network. His articles have been widely published; and his compositions have been published by Kjos, Hal Leonard, Kendor, Doug Beach, ejazzlines, Walrus, UNC Jazz Press, Three-Two Music, and his own company. He is the subject of an extensive interview within Bonanza: Insights and Wisdom from Professional Jazz Trombonists (Advance Music) and authored a chapter within The Jazzer’s Cookbook (Meredith Music). Visit his web site at
  • Roosevelt Griffin
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  • Ellen Rowe
  • Ellen Rowe, jazz pianist and composer, is currently Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Rayburn Wright and Bill Dobbins.  Prior to her appointment in Michigan, she served as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut.Ms. Rowe has performed at jazz clubs and on concert series throughout the U.S., as well as touring in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Ireland, Poland, South Africa and Australia. CDs out under her own name include “Sylvan Way”, “Wishing Well”, “Denali Pass” and “Courage Music.”  Her latest project, “Momentum – Portraits of Women In Motion”, featuring Ingrid Jensen, Tia Fuller, Marion Hayden and Allison Miller will be released in January 2019. Also active as a clinician, she has given workshops and master classes at the Melbourne Conservatory, Hochshule fur Musik in Cologne, Grieg Academy in Bergen and the Royal Academy of Music in London, in addition to many appearances as a guest artist at festivals and Universities around the country.When not leading her own trio, quartet or quintet, she is in demand as a sideman, having performed with a wide variety of jazz artists including Kenny Wheeler, Tim Ries, Tom Harrell, John Clayton, Ingrid Jensen and Steve Turre.  She was also a guest on two installments of Marian McPartland’s  “Piano Jazz” on National Public Radio.Ms. Rowe's compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by jazz ensembles and orchestras around the world, including the Village Vanguard Orchestra, BBC Jazz Orchestra, U.S. Navy Commodores, Berlin and NDR Radio Jazz Orchestras, London Symphony, DIVA and the Perth Jazz Orchestra.  Many of these works can be heard on recordings including “Leave It To DIVA”, “The Perth Jazz Orchestra”, “Bingo” (The Bird of Paradise Orchestra) and “I Believe In You” (DIVA). She has recently been a composer-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  A recipient of jazz ensemble commissions from the Minnesota Band Directors Association, Belleville (MI) High School,  Illinois Music Educators and Lawrence University’s Fred Sturm Jazz Festival, her big band compositions are currently published by Sierra Music Publications, Doug Beach Music and Kendor Music.Having been selected to conduct the NAfME All-Eastern and All-Northwest Jazz Ensembles as well as All-State jazz ensembles throughout the country, she has also been an invited clinician at the National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Convention, International Society for Jazz Composition and Arranging Symposium and Jazz Education Network conferences.  She is on the Board of the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers and also serves as the Coordinator for the JEN Sisters In Jazz Collegiate Combo Competition. Her quintet has performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival, Jazz Education Network Conference, Michigan Jazz Festival, Detroit International Jazz Festival and in jazz clubs around the country. Other activities include serving as an adjudicator and mentor for the JEN Young Composers Showcase, adjudicating the 2019 Kimmel Center Jazz Residencies and Lincoln Center Ertegun Hall of Fame. She also serves on the faculty of the NJPAC All-Female Jazz Residency in Newark, NJ. In 2017 she was named a UCROSS Composer Fellow and awarded a residency at the Leighton Artist Colony at the Banff Centre for the Arts.