YJED MasterClass signups are open!

 

 

If you are a high school jazz musician interested in YJED:
 

  1. Read below to confirm your eligibility.

  2. Click this link to register and let us know that you are a high school jazz musician interested in YJED.

  3. After you register with YJED, click the links below to sign up for each YJED MasterClass that are currently available for sign-up:

If you were a 2019-20 YJED Member:

Click the links below to sign up for each YJED MasterClass that are currently available for sign-up (use the email address that Mr. Blazek uses to send you email):

If you are a high school jazz band director
 

  1. Read below to confirm your eligibility.

  2. Click this link to register and let us know that you are a local high school jazz band director

  3. After you register with YJED, click the links below to sign up for each YJED MasterClass that are currently available for sign-up:

What is a YJED MasterClass?

  • While we cannot rehearse or perform as a group right now (see link for details), it is important to continue YJED's educational mission to help develop top high school jazz musicians from 20+ high schools in DuPage County and surrounding areas.

  • The YJED MasterClass program is structured to provide online clinics by top jazz performers, educators, and clinicians on specific topics of interest to these high school jazz musicians.

  • The online clinics will be scheduled for an hour, including a talk by a Jazz Master, followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.

Who is eligible to attend an online YJED MasterClass?

  • All 2019-20 members of YJED (whether still in high school or graduated) - Mr. Blazek will email you at the email you used last year.

  • Prospective members of YJED who would be eligible to audition for the 2020-21 season. If you live in or near DuPage County (close enough to attend weekly rehearsals in Wheaton), perform in your high school jazz band program, and are able to play high-level jazz ensemble music.

  • High school jazz band directors with students who would be eligible geographically to be a member of YJED.  [As part of our continued support of local high school jazz band programs, we want to provide you the opportunity to impart some YJED Jazz Master wisdom that you think your students may benefit from!]

About our upcoming YJED Jazz Master clinicians:

Mike Smith (website link) is a Chicago-based recording artist, professor,  who will be our December 7 clinician.

 

After playing in the Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich big bands, Mike spent 13 years playing lead alto and music contracting for Frank Sinatra.  Subsequently, he has also played with many jazz greats including Clark Terry, Nat Adderley, and Art Farmer.

 

He has recorded 8 CDs under his own name, and is a professor at Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt College. 

Mike Smith - December 7 YJED Jazz Master

About our previous YJED Jazz Master clinicians:

Wycliffe Gordon (website link) is a recording artist, composer, arranger, and educator who was our November 2 clinician.

 

Recognized multiple times by Downbeat Magazine (Best Trombone) and the Jazz Journalists Association (Trombonist of the Year), he was an integral member of Wynton Marsalis's  septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

 

He has recorded 21 CDs under his own name, and performed with jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, David Sanborn, and many others.

Wycliffe was a Guest Artist on our YJED 2007 album

The YJED MasterClass series is supported in part by a grant from the JCS Arts, Health, and Education Fund of the DuPage Foundation

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