The annual Jazz Education Network conference (JEN) in New Orleans proved to be a great start for jazz education and promoting the Strayhorn legacy. The conference bought together 3,000+ exhibitors, music artists, students and jazz educators in the “Big Easy”. There were over 250 jazz clinics, presentations and music performances over 4 days in January. Visitors to the Strayhorn booth received lots of information about Billy Strayhorn and his place in jazz history, as well as current and future events being held in his honor. Music students from as far away as Japan and England attended the conference. Look for details about the 2021 conference, which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky.
*Pictured above: Music students from Japan at the Billy Strayhorn exhibitor booth