2023 got off to a great start for Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc. and the Billy Strayhorn Foundation as exhibitor participants in the 2023 Jazz Education Network Conference (JEN) in Orlando, Florida January 4th thru January 7th. Plenty of conference visitors stopped by the Strayhorn exhibitor booth to learn more about the life and legacy of composer, arranger, lyricist and pianist Billy Strayhorn. The jazz education study series “Ever Up and Onward: A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn”, was made available, as well as a Library of Congress article highlighting the Strayhorn Archives they now have available for research. Information about the Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Award, beautiful postcard size 2023 calendars and a raffle for the book ‘Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life’ were also booth attractions.
Thanks to JEN for a great conference. This was the 14th Annual JEN conference event, highlighting jazz educators, music students, jazz artist performers and exhibitors to celebrate the jazz music we all love and contribute to the collective advancement of jazz education. Looking forward to the 2024 conference that will be held in New Orleans!