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Dr. JB Dyas


Dr. JB Dyas Dr. JB Dyas has been a leader in jazz education for the past two decades. Currently Vice President for Education and Curriculum Development at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Dyas oversees the Institute's education and outreach programs including Jazz in America (www.jazzinamerica.org), one of the most significant and wide-reaching jazz education programs in the world. He has presented jazz workshops, teacher-training seminars, and jazz "informances" throughout the country with such renowned artists as Dave Brubeck, Teri Lynne Carrington, Regina Carter, Herbie Hancock, Antonio Hart, Ingrid Jensen, Christian McBride, Jackie McLean, Thelonious Monk Jr., and Bobby Watson.

Prior to his current position at the Monk Institute, Dyas served as Executive Director of the Brubeck Institute where he implemented its College Fellowship Program, Brubeck Festival, Summer Jazz Colony, and Jazz Outreach Initiative. Before that he served as Director of Jazz Studies at Miami-Dade College - one of the largest and most multi-cultural colleges in the nation, and New World School of the Arts - Miami’s award-winning performing arts high school.

Throughout his career, Dyas has performed across the country, designed and implemented new jazz curricula, directed large and small ensembles, and taught a wide variety of jazz courses to students at virtually every level of musical development - age seven to seventy, beginner to professional, learning-challenged to prodigy. He has conducted jazz and tune-learning clinics, adjudicated high school and collegiate jazz festivals, and presented seminars at high schools and universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America. He also teaches every summer at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop.

In addition, Dyas has written for national music publications, presented clinics and performed at several International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) Annual Conferences, served as President of the IAJE Florida Unit as well as IAJE’s Interest Chair for Jazz Repertoire, and co-founded IAJE's International Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Competition. He also served on the Smithsonian Institution's Task Force for Jazz Education in America and is a recipient of the Down Beat Achievement Award for Jazz Education.

Dyas received his Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami and PhD in Music Education from Indiana University. A professional bassist, he continually performs in a wide variety of commercial, studio, and jazz settings and has appeared with such artists as Jamey Aebersold, David Baker, Jerry Bergonzi, Gary Campbell, Ellis Marsalis, Bill Prince, Red Rodney, Ira Sullivan, and Bobby Watson.

J.B. Dyas is a Yamaha and SWR artist and uses Yamaha electric basses and SWR amplifiers exclusively.

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