A fresh new look

January 10, 2018

We are so pleased to have our re-designed logo and website up and running!

We started the process going back to the core of "what is bebop about" and how have we, as a culture, seen it evolve and from where. How do you bring these feelings onto the page? Classic jazz albums were pulled up from the 50’s to inspire the feel of bepop through textures, colors and images and well, it took off from there.

And “from there” became another design feat in working to organize the pages so our members would have the most educational, rewarding experience possible with hopefully zero frustrations (at least from our side!). We needed to lose the long drop down menus and fine-tune the navigation to make it as user-friendly as possible. We are pleased to announce we have caught up with the modern tech world and the site is now friendly on all devices. Yeah!

With the design in hand, our programmers spent countless hours translating it to the language of the world wide web and now we all get to experience it. We are very happy with the results and think you will be too.

We did our best to catch any and all quirks in the re-design but we would love to hear from you if you have questions, feedback or come across something that could use a little more tweaking. Or check out the FAQ page for frequently asked questions.

Please refer to our Beat blog for a place to also ask questions and engage with us and other members.

Jam on peeps!

Wendy & Ollie


Under new management

March 13, 2017

Hey jazz lovers! I’m Wendy Thomas and a lot of you already have met Oliver Groenewald, my husband. As you may have gathered over the last year we have transitioned into the management of Jazz Everyone. Don’t worry, Willie is still gracing us with his humor, wisdom and trumpet playing on a daily basis. He’s happy to see his son-in-law, Ollie, taking the JE reigns and they are still jamming on a very regular basis. He’s also very excited to see the new website rolling out and hopes to see even more folks getting bit by the be-bop bug. Spread the word!

Ollie has gotten to know this material and website inside and out and is available for questions concerning the music, lessons and technical support like passwords. I will be working with you on the billing side and filling in the cracks and of course being the moral support that wives of musicians get pretty good at!

Jazz Education Network Conference

January 21, 2017

We had an outstanding five days in New Orleans this January at the JEN conference. Nothing compares to waking up and going to bed with jazz music. The hotel was huge yet the rooms were located around the edges like a centrifuge with an open 35 floor ceiling if you can imagine.

So the music just floated through the entire hotel. It was like the Starship Enterprise hosting a massive jazz workshop. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be a guest not attending the conference but the hotel could have charged extra just to have the opportunity to fill your heart and soul to the brim with music. And as much as I did love the music, I was particularly taken with the young men and women from as young as 14 who participated in open rehearsals at 7am, late night concerts and jam sessions along with the chance to be in an audience full of musicians of all ages. So often Jazz is behind closed doors available only if you are over 21. This is an amazing venue for ALL AGES!

Personally, it was a joy to meet the cats who knew my Dad back in the day. His reputation on the horn, and off were great. He was always the life of the party cracking people up with his humor and them blowing them away with his sound.

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