ABOUT THE JAZZ & CREATIVE INSTITUTE
The Jazz & Creative Institute cultivates musicianship, artistic development and creative entrepreneurship for building a life in the arts through educational programs, mentoring and performances.
We are a jazz school with private lessons, jam sessions, professional and student ensembles. We are performing arts presenters with a listening room venue for jazz.
JCI programs use a holistic, personal approach. Instead of teaching a stock curriculum, we mentor each student as an individual to encourage them to honor their uniqueness and pursue their own ideas with our guidance.
JCI programs go beyond music fundamentals and teach entrepreneurial concepts that show people how to make a life in music with practical goal-setting, professional development, and marketing skills.
JCI programs model arts leadership and purposefully foster the creation of supportive communities of musicians via community events and presenting live jazz.
Co-Directors: Benje & Ashley Daneman
JCI was co-founded in 2014 by colleagues and artist-entrepreneurs Nich Mueller, Benje Daneman, and Ashley Daneman in Kalamazoo, MI. Benje and Ashley have taken over leadership of JCI since Nich moved on to work and perform in NYC. Wishing him all the very best (keep up with him here)!
FACULTY ENSEMBLE TEACHING ARTISTS
The Jazz and Creative Institute Faculty Ensemble is:
Ashley Daneman: voice
Benje Daneman: trumpet & flugelhorn
Seth Ebersole: saxophones, clarinet, & flute
Nathan Borton: guitar
Rufus Ferguson: piano & organ
Andy Peck: bass
Madison George: drums
Kevin Jones: African & Latin percussion
The Faculty Ensemble performs original jazz compositions from its members and standards from many aspects of the jazz tradition.
The Jazz and Creative Institute has adopted the We Have Voice Collective Code of Conduct to promote safe(r) workplaces in the performing arts. This code promotes zero tolerance for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to sexual harassment and bullying. The code upholds the equitable treatment of all people regardless of their various identities and positionalities, including gender identity, race, age, ability, ethnicity, culture, immigration status, sexual orientation and identity, class position and economic background, and religious belief and affiliation.