Brief History of The South African Association for Jazz Education
Cathy and Darius Brubeck met Richard Dunscomb in Montreux in 1987 and from then on became determined to have a connection with IAJE. At that time, the University of Natal offered the only degree in Jazz Studies in South Africa and students were recruited from all over the country. Now as well as the University of Cape Town, Pretoria Technikon, Natal Technikon and Rhodes University, there are a number of privately run academies and state high schools offering jazz courses.
The founding conference of SAJE as a fully constituted chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators took place at the University of Witwatersrand in 1992 with the then President of the IAJE (Dennis Tini) in attendance. Subsequently, conferences were held at the University of Natal, Durban (1994), University of Cape Town (1996), Rhodes University, Grahamstown (1998), University of Natal, Durban (2000), Pretoria Technikon (2002), University of Cape Town (2004) & University of KwaZulu-Natal (2006).
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