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The first two students to apply for the VCU Jazz Studies Student Grant received financial support to attend the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) Conference in New York City in January 2006. Guitarist Aaron Kunk and saxophonist David Hood made the trip for three days of non-stop jazz.

Aaron particularly enjoyed concerts or clinics by Ravi Coltrane, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Dave Liebman, Chris Potter, and Ed Neumeister. David hit some of the same, plus Kenny Werner, Gil Goldstein, Jim McNeely, Robert Glasper, Stefon Harris, Vijay Iyer, and a workshop by VCU alumnus Steve Wilson. They both caught the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band with Jon Faddis, the Count Basie Orchestra, National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters Chick Corea, Jimmy Heath, and Slide Hampton, many university jazz ensembles and clinicians, and much more.

Said David, "I took an incredible amount away from this experience, including notes." Aaron agreed: "The conference was an extraordinary experience."



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