National Jazz Educators Conference

Monk Rowe, director of the Hamilton College Jazz Archive, and a lecturer in saxophone at the college, presented a clinic at the 28th annual conference of the International Association of Jazz Educators, Jan. 10-13 in New York City.

Rowe's session, "In Their Own Words: Video Interviews with Jazz Greats," described the Hamilton Jazz Archive and featured clips of some of the memorable interviews contained in the archive. More than 200 video interviews with jazz musicians, arrangers, writers and critics have been conducted for the archive since 1995. Among the artists featured in the archive are former members of bands led by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman and the Dorsey brothers.

Rowe frequently performs as a solo pianist and saxophonist with area groups. He released a CD, Jazz Life, which is a tribute to an older style of jazz, recorded live. Rowe has conducted most of the interviews of artists in the archive.

The mission of the International Association of Jazz Educators is to assure the continued worldwide growth and development of jazz and jazz education. As a part of that mission, the Association initiates programs which nurture and promote the understanding and appreciation of jazz and its heritage, provide leadership to educators regarding curricula and performance, assist teachers and practitioners with information and resources, and take an active part in organizing clinics, festivals and symposia at local, regional, national and international levels. More than 7,000 jazz educators, musicians, students, enthusiasts, and industry representatives from 30 countries are expected to attend this year's conference.

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