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Justin Walter

A creative high school reunion

From the December, 2017 issue

Discussions about jazz education most often focus on the university programs that have blossomed all over the world in recent decades and have had a formidable impact on the very nature of the music. As important as these are in today's musical environment, in many towns such as Ann Arbor the road to a jazz vocation begins earlier, sometimes even at the elementary level. The late Louis Smith, a bebop trumpeter of uncommon musical and pedagogical talent, taught in elementary, middle, and high schools here and has been succeeded by other

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