Jazz Educators of Iowa is a not-for-profit organization who's mission is to provide jazz resources for Iowa's educators. JEI is developing a strong audience with Iowa's music educators, students and fans of this truly original American art form.
The JEI Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have created new directions and curricular innovations in regards to jazz education in the state of Iowa. We are pleased to announce the 2015 inductee into the JEI Hall of Fame, Christopher Merz, professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Iowa.
Mr. Merz will be recognized at the Iowa Jazz Championships on Tuesday, March 31, and again during the All-State Jazz Concert at IBA in May. JEI would also like to thank fellow nominees David Lang, Steve McCombs, and Jerry Zinn for their past and continued contributions to jazz education in Iowa. We are fortunate to have these educators in our state.