The John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year Award

About the Award

The John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year Award is named after a legendary jazz educator who served as a distinguished professor at Berklee College of Music for more than three decades. This award is offered in conjunction with the Jazz Education Network organization – presented at the national JEN conference and, starting in 2015, represented at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival.

LaPorta was an impressive teacher, colleague, and musician. He played a pivotal role in the earliest stage of formalized American jazz education—shaping the unique Berklee curriculum and influencing the artistic lives of thousands of students. This award recognizes an outstanding jazz educator who represents the highest standards of teaching and whose results in the classroom have brought distinction to their institution and their students.

The 2018 recipient is Dianne Downs!


          February 10, 2018