Jazz Goes to College

Back in the Big Band Era of the 1930s and 40s, many musicians learned their art by playing in the multitude of bands that criss-crossed America…local bands, territory bands, the name bands. Some received formal training, but for many it was road experience that taught them their skills.

Those days are long gone. Today, most serious young musicians learn in an academic setting. The music school provides the tools for the new generations coming up. Host John Birchard believes university-level schools don’t get the recognition they deserve for their role in training the stars of tomorrow. As a result, he has established his “Jazz Goes to College” feature to bring greater attention to these institutions. Listen to the show for this week’s featured school – and email John with your own selection of a school to be commended. Just go to the Contact Us page and give us a shout.

To see a list of the colleges and universities that have already been singled out for their achievements, click here.

(“Jazz Goes to College” is not only the name of this website’s weekly feature, it’s the title of a Dave Brubeck Columbia LP from the 1950s the sales of which helped convince the record label’s executives that Brubeck was worth an exclusive contract because of his popularity among the college-age public.)