For the fourth time, the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) is organising an attractive and educational jazz program at the festival with workshops, jam sessions and concerts by school bands. The organisation, who wants to develop jazz music world wide through education and guidance, grants scholarships to jazz students, scouts talent and finds appropriate mentors. The Spiegeltent is the location of education in informal setting again this year.
The IAJE has found scores of young musicians who will have the opportunity to perform in an unconstrained manner. There are various Student Jam Sessions and of course a number of workshops with famous jazz musicians who are performing at the festival, including pianist Kenny Werner and accordionist Richard Galliano.
Special concerts have been planned as well. The band Special Delivery performs work from their recently released CD 'Special Delivery' with solely their own compositions. Martin Reiter, candidate in the European exchange program, will perform with his trio. Nial Djuliarso Trio, an IAJE student band, can be found in the Entreezaal.
The IAJE student Big Bands are popular guests at the festival, and not only for their unlimited input and enthusiasm. These high-school bands, where many jazz artists (think Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis) started, perform in the Escherzaal. Shows will be given by the Grissom High School Jazz Band, Roosevelt Jazz Band, Rotterdam Conservatory Big Band, Manhattan School of Music/Conservatorium van Amsterdam Ensemble, Mountlake Terrace Jazz Ensemble, Junior Jazz Band led by Peter Guidi, Royal British Legion Scotland Big Band, Bloomington High School North Jazz Ensemble, Wolfon's Hard Bop Jazz Combo and Jazzmania Big Band led by Peter Guidi.