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Count Basie Orchestra runs a clinic at New Trier

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When Count Basie's Orchestra came to New Trier HS, students from 45 schools got a swinging master class & a history lesson.

In music performance, can you improvise or not?

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The brain shows differential electrical activity between musicians who can improvise and those who, well, can't. Like me.

Kennedy Center cheers real jazz from Kenwood

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The jazz band from Chicago's Kenwood Academy performed on stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington this evening. Words fail me.

Wooten can break it down for environmentalists

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Jazz musicians can really deliver a graduation speech, as Victor Wooten proved when he talked to environmental science grads in Vermont last spring.

Journeys in jazz, etc., at Wheeling H.S.

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Brian Logan, retiring band director at Wheeling H.S. near Chicago, brings great jazz to a school community and enriches students' lives.

Ohio State band puts great jazz on the gridiron

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Ohio State's marching band paid tribute to jazz to honor their former director, who died recently, when the team took on Maryland this afternoon.

Kenwood jazz band to premiere chart w/o 1 guitarist

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We mourn the shooting death of a jazz band guitarist in Chicago, killed just a few weeks before the world premiere of a new jazz chart.