The Mission of the JEN Research Interest Group is to provide a platform and network for jazz research and its applications to pedagogy and the art form.
We're thrilled to announce a new monthly newsletter from the JEN Resesarch Interest Group, which includes news, job listings, and conferences.
PUBLICATIONS | RESEARCH | JAZZ AUDIENCE INITIATIVES | UPCOMING CONFERENCE
Online Journals - free access
Current Research in Jazz
Hardbop (not refereed)
Journal of Jazz Studies
Print Publications - by subscription
Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature
Jazz Forschung/Jazz Research
Jazz Research Journal
Selected Additional Journals that feature Jazz research articles:
Black American Literature Forum
Critical Studies In Improvisation
Journal of the American Musicological Society
Journal of Research In Music Education
Journal of the Society for American Music
Latin American Music Review
Music Theory Spectrum
Popular Music and Society
Psychology of Music
Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain
Research and Issues In Music Education
More information coming soon. To submit a link to your own research, please email email@example.com, with Research for JEN Website in the subject line.
JAZZ AUDIENCE INITIATIVES
The Jazz Audiences Initiative will tackle fundamental questions about how and why people engage with jazz. Jazz artists and presenters nationwide will learn new ideas for building audiences, and infusing the art form with new energy. Over the next 21 months, the project team will research and test new strategies for overcoming barriers to jazz participation and for building jazz audiences through more targeted marketing and programming efforts.
Learn more about the JAI Interest Group here.
Potential Research Topics for JEN 2017 in New Orleans
As the 2017 JEN Conference in New Orleans approaches, we are reminded that it has been more than a decade since the levees broke post-Katrina. In addition to the tragic and massive loss of lives, homes, and businesses, the flooding prompted an exodus of jazz musicians unparalleled since the Storyville district closed there in 1917. And so I offer you some potential prompts towards immediate research opportunities that you might develop towards potential presentations at the Conference in New Orleans.
At the 2017 Conference it will be 100 years after that 20th-century diaspora changed the landscape of jazz and other musics forever. And 100 years from now, historians and sociologists will no doubt study with the same intensity our 21st-century forced-migration of New Orleanian musicians--and of much of the cultural family that had nurtured them and this music.
What has been the initial ripple effect on music and culture throughout the U.S. and beyond? How well has New Orleans recovered its musical footing in jazz while so many displaced citizens responsible for its culture have been unable to return? How has jazz education in New Orleans evolved since the flood? Through the lens of a decade, much still can be learned about the current musical effect on America, on the city of New Orleans itself, and on the evolution of jazz education in the Crescent City. I encourage you to consider research on such topics for presentations at the 2017 JEN Conference in New Orleans.
Among the many documents available for initial context, I offer my 2006 expanded article "Jazz Education in New Orleans, Post-Katrina," archived on my website
. As I stated within it at that time:
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The next decade of New Orleans music-making will affect the future generations of all kinds of music, just as it always has--not just influencing jazz. The streetbeat and jazz sounds of New Orleans are part of the roots of the jazz, rock, pop, hip-hop, and dance musics heard around the world. New Orleans has always been a place where virtually all genres of music were performed simultaneously. You could go there to hear opera or the classics; or traditional New Orleans jazz, swing band, bebop, modern, avant-garde; or rhythm and blues; or zydeco, cajun, bluegrass, and other folk; or metal, rock, or house music. You could not only hear it there, you could learn it there. It was all present; it was all alive; it was not a museum piece. That existence has been threatened and is perhaps now half its former self, and that will have an effect on the musical world around it.
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JEN invites you to submit applications from February 1st through March 31st, 12 midnight EST, 2016 to Perform, present a Clinic, Jazz Industry & Music Business Proposal, or Research Paper for the 2017 Annual Conference. I look forward to learning from you there!
Director of Jazz Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
Founding JEN member and native New Orleanian