Author Archives: Amanda MacBlane

Juilliard Jazz Inaugural Class

Victor GoinesPhoto by Nan Miller, courtesy of The Juilliard School Juilliard has announced the names of the first eighteen students admitted to the new Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies, founded jointly by The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The new Juilliard jazz faculty, including clarinetist, saxophonist and new Director of Jazz Studies Victor […]

Down Beat Honors College Jazz Musicians

Eastman Jazz EnsemblePhoto courtesy of the Eastman School of Music The Eastman Jazz Ensemble and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) Jazz Ensemble I took top honors in the collegiate level jazz big band division of the 24th Annual Down Beat Student Music Awards. Both ensembles are veterans to the award, Eastman having won the […]

Nothing to Fear?

I don’t have a lot of fears. I walk alone at night feeling foolishly invincible. On a recent tour to Venezuela, I spent 14 hours on a bus, teetering at the edge of the Andes with only a Dramamine and a bus driver named Jèsus to ease any queasiness. I even like spiders thanks to […]