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.

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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”, and Chelsea McBride exploring “Woodwind Doubles for Jazz Orchestra.”


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, & Scott Ninmer) 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.


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.



Our calendar of upcoming events can be found at



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. For example, a custom playlist for an institution's 3rd year undergraduate arranging course containing a handful of masterclasses that the instructor would like students to watch at various points in the semester prior to attending class. Additionally, we are happy to communicate and assist faculty members with recommendations from our library that would be applicable to their course.




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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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.



Core Team Composer & Event Host

Miho Hazama is a Grammy-nominated composer, arranger; chief conductor of the Danish Radio Big Band, Permanent guest conductor of the Metropole Orchestra, and leader of her own internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble m_unit. Lauded in Downbeat as one of “25 for the Future”, Hazama has written for artists such as Joshua Redman, Lionel Loueke, Stefon Harris, and Gil Goldstein, to name a few. In addition to m_unit, Hazama has composed works for the Danish Radio Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Siena Wind Orchestra, among others.


Core Team Composer & Event Host

Andrew Rathbun is a saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University. As a leader, he has recorded with jazz greats such as Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart, George Garzone, Phil Markowitz and Bill Stewart. Rathbun’s 2002 release Sculptures found him leading a quintet with trumpet legend Kenny Wheeler. After the album release, Rathbun collaborated with Wheeler in a live large-ensemble setting at Birdland in New York, performing classic Wheeler compositions as well as new Rathbun works including the “Power Politics Suite.” Rathbun's 2018 release "Atwood Suites" with the Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble featured Tim Hagans, Luciana Souza, Aubrey Johnson, Ben Kono, and Matt Holman among others, with poetry by Margaret Atwood. Rathbun has written commissions for the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, the Metropole Orkest and other ensembles.

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Core Team Composer & Event Host

Saxophonist, composer, conductor Chelsea McBride is leader of the 6-piece Chelsea and the Cityscape, and the internationally acclaimed 19-piece Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School. McBride was Guest Conductor at the 2019 Perth International Jazz Festival and Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival. McBride was named one of Canada’s top 35 jazz musicians under 35 by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and was the inaugural recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Jazz Artist Award.


Core Team Composer & Event Host

Trombonist, composer, arranger, Scott Ninmer has written for musical luminaries such as Trisha Yearwood, Fred Hersch, Richard Bona, Raul Midon, Gregory Porter, Steve Wilson, and Marcus Printup. Ensembles that have commissioned Ninmer include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Metropole Orkest, the WDR Big Band, the USAF Airmen of Note, and the Eric Miyashiro Band. Ninmer’s music has been featured at notable venues such as the White House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, Rockefeller Center, and the Kennedy Center. Since 2014, Ninmer has served as Staff Arranger for "The President's Own" United States Marine Band.

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Michael Abene

Composer | Piano

David Berger

Composer | Conductor

David Berger is a composer, arranger, conductor, and leading authority on the music of Duke Ellington and the Swing Era. Berger was conductor and arranger for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from its inception in 1988 through 1994, Berger collaborated with choreographer Donald Byrd to create the Harlem Nutcracker, expanding the Tchaikovsky/ Ellington/Strayhorn score. Berger has written for Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones and the WDR Big Band, Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter, and Natalie Cole, among others.

Jack Cooper

Composer | Conductor

Jack Cooper is a composer, arranger, saxophonist, and the Pearl Wales Professor of Jazz Studies and Commercial Music at the University of Memphis Scheidt School of Music. Cooper serves as Staff Writer for the Berlin Jazz Orchestra, and served in the sax section and as Staff Writer for the U.S. Army Jazz Knights for six years. Cooper’s 2014 album Mists: The Music of Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra featured Terell Stafford, Luis Bonilla, Scott Wendholt, and Billy Drewes, among others.

Richard DeRosa

Composer | Drums

Richard DeRosa is a drummer, arranger, Grammy-nominated composer, and Director of Jazz Composition and Arranging at the University of North Texas. DeRosa has arranged for the WDR Big Band, and served as the band’s chief conductor from 2014-2016. Recent recording collaborations with the band feature Ron Carter, Garry Dial & Dick Oatts, and Richie Beirach. Additionally, he has arranged and conducted music for Wynton Marsalis & The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Andy Farber

Saxophone | Composer

Andy Farber is a composer, conductor, and saxophonist, teaches Advanced Jazz Composition and Arranging at The Juilliard School, and is Music Director of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. He has collaborated extensively with jazz legends Jon Hendricks and Wynton Marsalis, and written for Shirley Horn, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles among others. The Andy Farber Orchestra backed Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga for their 2014 PBS special Cheek to Cheek Live.

Florian Hoefner

Piano | Composer

Florian Hoefner is a Juno-nominated pianist and bandleader, composer, and arranger. Hoefner’s latest record “First Spring” (2019) with Andrew Downing and Nick Fraser was nominated for a 2021 Juno for Jazz Album of the Year: Group. With his quartet, the Florian Hoefner Group, he has released 3 albums, the latest “Luminosity” (2016) featured tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake.

Mike Holober

Composer | Piano

Mike Holober, Grammy-nominated pianist, composer, and conductor, Full Professor at The City College of New York, and recipient of the 2022 American Academy of Arts and Letters Andrew Imbrie Award in Music.

Christine Jensen

Composer | Saxophone

Christine Jensen is a Montreal-based, Juno-winning saxophonist and composer, and teaches composition and ensembles at McGill University. 2010’s Treelines, with The Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra was awarded the Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. Jensen has collaborated with Geoffrey Keezer, Brad Turner, Gary Versace, Donny McCaslin, the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, and her sister Ingrid, among others.

Remy Le Boeuf

Composer | Saxophone

Remy Le Boeuf is a Grammy-nominated composer and saxophonist, co-leader of the Le Boeuf Brothers ensemble, and founder and director of the Assembly of Shadows jazz orchestra. Le Boeuf has collaborated with artists including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, HAIM, JACK Quartet, Knower, Walter Smith III, Aaron Parks, and his identical twin brother Pascal. Le Boeuf has received commissions and awards from SFJAZZ, Chamber Music America, The Jerome Foundation, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, among others.

Mike Malone

Trumpet | Composer

Mike Malone, trumpeter, composer, and educator. Mike was a featured writer and performer with seminal Canadian groups like Nimmons 'N' 9 plus 6, and the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra.

Jim McNeely

Composer | Piano

Pianist, composer and arranger Jim McNeely is Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio (HR) Big Band, and Composer-in-Residence with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. His work as a writer has earned him ten Grammy nominations, in addition to past work with the Danish Radio Big Band, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Metropole Orchestra (Netherlands). As a pianist, McNeely has recorded with Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Stan Getz, Bob Brookmeyer, David Liebman and more.

Angela Morris

Saxophone | Composer

Angela Morris, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and co-leader of the Webber | Morris Big Band.

Ed Neumeister

Trombone | Composer

Ed Neumeister, Grammy-nominated arranger, composer, and trombonist, and alumnus of the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Ed Partyka

Composer | Bass Trombone

Ed Partyka, trombonist, composer, conductor, and long-time member of the Bob Brookmeyer New Art Orchestra

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

Composer | Multi-Instrumentalist

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol is a Grammy-nominated composer, multi-instrumentalist, CMES Harvard University fellow (2013-15), and full-time faculty member at New England Conservatory. Sanlıkol has collaborated with artists such as Dave Liebman, Bob Brookmeyer, Billy Cobham, and Esperanza Spalding. Sanlıkol is the President of DÜNYA, a musicians’ collective dedicated to contemporary presentations of Turkish traditions, and is the Director of New England Conservatory’s Intercultural Institute.

Erica Seguine

Composer | Conductor

Erica Seguine, composer, arranger, conductor, pianist, and educator based in NYC. With composer Shan Baker, Seguine co-leads the Erica Seguine/Shan Baker Jazz Orchestra. Their upcoming debut album was produced by renowned composer Darcy James Argue. Seguine's work has been performed by ensembles including the Metropole Orchestra (The Netherlands), the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, (Los Angeles) the Brilliant Corners Large Ensemble (Japan), and the J-Orchestra (NYC), among others.

Tracy Yang

Composer | Piano

Darcy James Argue

Composer | Bandleader

Darcy James Argue is a Grammy-nominated composer and bandleader, and leader of the internationally acclaimed 18-piece ensemble, Secret Society. Argue has led performances of his music by ensembles including the WDR Big Band, Danish Radio Big Band, and the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. In 2015, Argue was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition and a Doris Duke Artist Award. He has received commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, the Manhattan New Music Project, the Jerome Foundation, and BAM, among others.

Rogerio Boccato

Percussion | Composer

Rogério Boccato, educator and percussionist, who has performed on many Grammy-winning albums.

Tara Davidson

Saxophone | Composer

Tara Davidson is a ten-time Juno-nominated saxophonist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and co-leader of the critically acclaimed Carn Davidson 9. As a leader or co-leader, Davidson has had four recordings nominated by the JUNO Awards for “Album of the Year” in the “Traditional”, “Solo” and “Group” jazz categories. Her bands featured such personnel as Mike Murley, William Carn, Laila Biali, Kelly Jefferson, Andrew Downing, David Braid, and Ernesto Cervini, among many others.

Fabia Mantwill

Composer | Saxophone

Fabia Mantwill, Berlin-based composer, arranger, saxophonist, and vocalist.

Alex Goodman

Guitar | Composer

Alex Goodman is a Juno-nominated guitarist, bandleader and composer, and winner of first prize and the Public's Choice Award at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition. Goodman’s 2011 quintet LP “Bridges”, was nominated for a Juno Award, as the year’s best contemporary jazz album. In addition to his seven albums as leader or co-leader, Goodman is featured on recordings with such artists as John Patitucci, Dick Oatts, and Rich Perry.

Mats Holmquist

Composer | Arranger

Ayn Inserto

Composer | Conductor

Ayn Inserto is a composer, conductor, Bob Brookmeyer protégé, and Professor of Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music. Her debut album with the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, 2006’s Clairvoyance, featured Bob Brookmeyer and George Garzone. 2018’s Down A Rabbit Hole, Inserto’s fourth album, featured Garzone, Sean Jones, and John Fedchock.

John La Barbera

Composer | Trumpet

John La Barbera, Grammy-nominated composer & arranger, and Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Louisville. His works have been recorded and performed by Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie among others.

Jihye Lee

Composer | Conductor

Jihye Lee is a New York based composer, arranger, and bandleader. Her latest album, “Daring Mind”, is produced by Darcy James Argue, with renowned trumpeter Sean Jones appearing as a special guest. The album presents compositions from Lee’s Mind Series, including her BMI Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize-winning “Unshakable Mind” and her Manny Albam Commission piece “Revived Mind.” Lee has written music for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis as well as Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz.

Pete McGuinness

Composer | Voice

Pete McGuinness is a Grammy-nominated composer/arranger, award-winning jazz vocalist and was a long-time New York City-based jazz trombonist. Currently, McGuinness is Associate Professor of Jazz Studies & Arranging at William Paterson University. McGuinness has performed with luminaries such as Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Heath, and Maria Schneider. “The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra” has recorded three albums, most recently 2019’s “Along For The Ride”, and received three Grammy nominations.

Migiwa Miyajima

Composer | Producer

Migiwa “Miggy” Miyajima, composer, producer, pianist, and leader of the 17-piece Miggy Augmented Orchestra.

Javier Nero

Trombone | Composer

Dr. Javier Nero, trombonist, composer, educator, leader of the Javier Nero Septet, and the Javier Nero Jazz Orchestra.

Meg Okura

Composer | Violin

Rufus Reid

Bass | Composer

Rufus Reid is a legendary bass player, bandleader, composer, and co-founder of the Jazz Studies & Performance Program at William Paterson University. He has toured and recorded with Eddie Harris, Nancy Wilson, the Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Dexter Gordon, J.J. Johnson, and Stan Getz among countless others. As a composer, Reid’s 2014 big band album “Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project” was nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble, and Best Instrumental Composition for ‘Recognition’ (the first movement of the suite) at the 57th GRAMMY Awards.

Dave Scott

Trumpet | Composer

Dave Scott, trumpeter, composer, and Adjunct Faculty at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and Western Connecticut State University.
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Anna Webber

Composer | Flute

Anna Webber, flutist, saxophonist, composer, and bandleader.

Dave Young

Bass | Bandleader

Dave Young is a multi-Juno-winning bassist, composer, bandleader and has collaborated with Oscar Peterson, Lenny Breau, Cedar Walton, Tommy Flanagan, Mulgrew Miller and Barry Harris among countless others. Young’s extensive career as an educator earned him the IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) Award for “Outstanding Service to Jazz.” Young is a Member of The Order of Canada - the country’s highest civilian honour.



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