Aebersold, Jamey

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Aebersold, Jamey

Aebersold, Jamey, jazz educator, saxophonist; b. New Albany, Ind., July 21, 1939. Aebersold has been best known since the 1970s as the producer and marketer of over 80 play-along albums that have become the most widely used of such recordings for jazz. He sometimes demonstrates jazz techniques on these albums, primarily on alto saxophone, but he also plays piano and bass. Aebersold earned a Masters in Saxophone at Ind. Univ. in 1962 and was awarded an honorary doctorate there in 1992. Since 1971 he has directed a series of week long Summer Jazz Workshops at various locations in the United States, Canada, and overseas. Aebersold has been active with the International Association of Jazz Educators and entered their Jazz Hall of Fame in 1989. He has been generous in donating materials to isolated jazz programs, such as the one led by Darius Brubeck in Natal, South Africa. Aebersold teaches jazz improvisation at the Univ. of Louisville.


J.A. Sextet at the Notre Dame Collegiate Festival (1964).

—Lewis Porter