Happy New Year’s everyone! To celebrate the start of 2016, we thought that we would share a few fun facts and accomplishments on Teen Jazz in the last year.

Towards the end of 2015 we took a bit of a break – Teen Jazz Founder Shannon Kennedy was quite busy on tour promoting her new album with Groove LTD. But we’re back and we have some fantastic things in store for the next year!

Teen Jazz is nearing the 450 article mark and we’re so excited. In 2016 we’ll see more than 500 posts since the site was redesigned in 2012.

Our family of up and coming artists reached 61 members from all over the world – Canada, Sweden, the US, the UK, Venezuela and Argentina. You can join our community by applying here!

We currently have a team of 13 contributing writers including: Shannon Kennedy, U-Nam, Rheuben Allen, Andrew Gordon, Cyrene Jagger, Richard Simon, Peggy Duquesnel, Sean Winter, Kenn Hadnot, Joel Perkosky, James Barrera, Adam Larson, and Dana Brenklin. If you’re interested in becoming a part of our team, please get in touch!


  1. A List of Summer Jazz Camps // This post has been in our top ten for about as long as the site has been up! If you’re looking for something music oriented to do this summer, this post is a great place to start.
  2. What Songs Should I Learn for Jam Sessions // We worked with a lot of great musicians to craft this list just for you.
  3. Saxophone Playing Tips and Practice Suggestions // Shannon Kennedy wrote this one after a masterclass with Jay Mason and James Barrera.
  4. A Beginner’s Guide to Playing “Outside” // A great guest post from Teen Jazz Artist Sean Winter.
  5. Learn Jazz Lingo and Slang // A list of words used both past and present in the music industry.
  6. College Audition Preparation for Saxophonists // A guest post from James Barrera.
  7. Guitarist Adam Fallen // We’re so thrilled to know that one of our artists made it into the top ten for the first time this year!
  8. How to Adjust the G# Spring Tension on a Saxophone // This is a great repair post from guest contributor Rheuben Allen.
  9. Interview with Mindi Abair // This is another post that almost always makes it into our annual top ten.
  10. Check Out: Jazz Lessons with Tim Price // A post about my music teacher and the importance of studying with a great instructor no matter your age.

Thank you all for making 2015 such a great year! We look forward to the continued growth of our little community in 2016!

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Published by Shannon Kennedy

Shannon Kennedy is a vocalist and saxophonist living in Southern California. She is author of "The Album Checklist" and the founder of Teen Jazz. She has been contributing articles to music magaizines and websites since 2004.