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OVERVIEW is a jazz composition website founded by composer Daniel Jamieson. It is an online space where composers, musicians, and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love!


We livestream Composer Spotlights & Foundational Focus (masterclasses), Listening Sessions, Roundtables, Group Lessons, and Artist Q&As. Additionally, each week we upload a promotional Mini-Lesson to our YouTube channel featuring one of our Presenting Artists. For a sense of the flow of our full-length events, please enjoy our Highlights Video Playlist.

Notable Presenting Artists include Jim McNeely, Rich DeRosa, Miho Hazama, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue, Mike Abene, Rogerio Boccato, & Ed Neumeister to name a few. We are constantly adding  to our roster and complete up-to-date list of Presenting Artists may be viewed here.

We are pleased to offer institutional access at a heavily reduced rate! Please direct inquiries to

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JazzComposersPresent livestreams weekly events. Each event is approximately 60 minutes in length.

COMPOSER SPOTLIGHTS feature a Presenting Artist exploring their own work, and compositional concepts contained within; examining score and audio excerpts, and supplementary materials as appropriate. Composer Spotlights have featured Jim McNeely discussing “My Compositional Process: From Sketch to Score”, Richard DeRosa discussing “Musical Storytelling Through Composition”, and Darcy James Argue presenting "The Paranoid Style: Behind Real Enemies".

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FOUNDATIONAL FOCUS is a pre-recorded masterclasses series. Using examples from the jazz canon as well as their own writing, Presenting Artists explore fundamental aspects of jazz composition. Foundational Focuses have featured Daniel Jamieson presenting “Activating Space”, Scott Ninmer discussing “Modality”, Chelsea McBride exploring “Woodwind Doubles for Jazz Orchestra", and Richard DeRosa demonstrating "Characteristics of Strong Melodies."


LISTENING SESSIONS feature a Presenting Artist sharing clips of music they love that has interesting compositional elements. The Presenting Artist explores multiple audio excerpts and discusses topics of interest contained within. Listening Sessions have featured Miho Hazama examining “Complex yet Memorable Melodies”, Rufus Reid discussing "Inventive Large Ensemble Writing" and Florian Hoefner exploring “A Contemporary Classical Approach to Jazz Composition”.


ROUNDTABLES feature members of our Core Team (Daniel Jamieson, Miho Hazama, Andrew Rathbun, Chelsea McBride, & Erica Seguine) and special guests, in a group conversation about composition and other musical topics of interest.


GROUP LESSONS offer members a chance to receive detailed feedback on their own work from one of our Presenting Artists. Submissions are collected in advance of Group Lessons. Selected participants are invited to join a livestream and given constructive feedback on their submitted work. Participants are sent a video copy of their portion of the group lesson for archival purposes.

LIVE Q&As conclude all Composer Spotlights, Listening Sessions and Roundtables. Members in attendance can submit questions using the live chat function. Members who are unable to watch live are able to submit questions in advance via our website.

Event Types

COMPLETE ARCHIVES livestreams are uploaded to the Archives after the conclusion of the live broadcast. Institutional Partners have access to the *COMPLETE* Archived Events Library.

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Our calendar of upcoming events can be found at



Once partnered, we actively work with faculty members to optimize how we can support existing curricular activities. We request copies of the syllabi for all composition and arranging classes, and then put together a curated list of existing events from our archives to compliment. The idea is for faculty members to be able to assign students masterclasses from our library to watch prior to coming to class and then follow up with in class discussion. 

Faculty members gain access to our extensive event index spreadsheet and are able to search our library by Presenting Artist, pieces referenced, and topics by keyword. In addition to receiving access to our full library of events, we have the ability to create custom playlists for various courses taught.

Faculty Resources



All Institutional Partners are provided a custom registration page on our website.



Our goal is to remove the responsibility for user registration from the institution's administrative team and handle everything on our end. Participating students, staff, and faculty simply need to be provided the link to the institution's registration page on our website and we take it from there.



Participating students, staff, and faculty registrations are confirmed using a valid email address associated with the institution. A big part of our resource is the ability for users to watch events live from home and interact / participate with the various Presenting Artists through a live Q&A. As such, we do not offer IP authentication.



All user names, email addresses, passwords, and personal identifiable information (PII) are kept strictly confidential and are not shared with any 3rd party organizations.


Our team responds to all technical support requests with 24 business hours (Eastern Time) and works to troubleshoot as quickly as possible.

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Core Team


Founder & Artistic Director

Founder & Artistic Director Daniel Jamieson is an award winning composer, arranger, conductor, & saxophonist. He leads his own internationally acclaimed big band the Danjam Orchestra. His 2011 debut album as a leader "Sudden Appearance" was produced by Jim McNeely and features John Riley. Daniel's works have been performed by a who's who of the jazz & commercial music scenes including Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, Marcus Miller, Ingrid Jensen, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Kurt Elling, Anthony Hamilton, Warren Wolf, Vince Mendoza, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Armin van Buuren, Scott Wendholt, Alex Dean Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, & WDR Big Band. Daniel has served as Staff Arranger for The U.S. Army Field Band since 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto where he studied with Alex Dean & Tim Ries, as well as a Master of Music degree in Jazz Composition from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Dave Liebman & Jim McNeely.