COVID-19 Update: 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, JazzSLAM was called upon to create a pre-recorded presentation for students and teachers!  It will be offered in the fall of 2020 in Broward County as part of Gold Coast Jazz Society’s SEAS “in school” presentations (Student Enrichment in the Arts, sponsored by the Broward County Board of Education and the Broward Center). 

For BC bookings, contact Browardseas.eventbrite.com or [email protected].

We are pleased to announce that the pre-recorded presentation will also be available to other school districts through JEN (Jazz Education Network!)  For national & international bookings, contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Mari is extremely grateful to the other quartet members – Orlando Machado, drums; Bill Coleman, vocals and guitar; Senegal Apostolo, bass; and Joshua Browne, Kaios Productions’ President and Videographer, Power Station Studios, Pompano Beach, FL.  Audio Engineers:  Paul Kronk, Brennan Fulton and Rob Roy without whom this presentation wouldn’t have been possible. 

Mari was a clinician at the Jan 2020 JEN National Conference in New Orleans, offering a JazzSLAM clinic about teaching academics through jazz.

Pinnacle Award

JazzSLAM is excited to be a 2018–19 winner of the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) Pinnacle Award!

The Pinnacle Award recognizes CILC content providers from around the world who have received outstanding ratings on program evaluations completed by educators and activity directors. This year's winners represent museums, science centers, art galleries, zoos, aquariums, musicians, and authors. All have delivered remarkable quality educational content and demonstrated exceptional skill at program delivery.


Mari offered a JazzSLAM poster presentation at the November 2018 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) conference in Dallas.

Mari was a 2017 "NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) NOLA Summer Scholar", Landmarks of American History and Culture Program, studying New Orleans: Music, Culture & Civil Rights.

Mari was a clinician at the National 2015 JEN Conference in San Diego.

JazzSLAM eLearning was launched in 2015-16! The program is divided into 3 consecutive live eLearning sessions. In December 2015, Mari presented them in South Florida, through BECON TV, Broward County Board of Ed TV station. In the Spring, our NATIONAL eLearning platform launched via CILC.org (Center for the interactive Learning and Collaboration)! TEN sessions were held for students in grades ranging from 3rd-9th, in FIVE different states - Ohio, Texas, Louisana, New York and Pennsylvania. These 3 sessions will be offered again in the 2017-2018 school year via http://clic.org/ JazzSLAM.

New Jazz Education Network (JEN) JazzSLAM Interview and Videos. In September 2016, Mari was interviewed by Sharon Burch, Director of Education for JEN. The interview spans 3 videos. They will be available for viewing directly on the JEN website (http://jazzednet.org), or can be viewed as follows:

For the JEN (Jazz Education Network) 2017 National Conference on January 4-7 in New Orleans, Mari offered an outreach clinic to New Orleans teachers. Participants gained a deeper understanding of the huge contribution New Orleans and Louisiana have made to jazz history! In addition, they learned how jazz relates to language arts, math, history, geography, migration, critical thinking, test taking strategies and most importantly, how jazz creates respect for diversity.

FAAE Clinic and Broward County Teaching Artist Award. In 2013-15, Mari conducted clinics for FAAE (Florida Alliance for Arts Education) in Orlando, Ocala, West Palm Beach and Davie, FL at Nova Southwestern University. Mari was a finalist for the Broward County Teaching Artist 2016 award.

Herb Alpert Foundation Grants. In 2014, Mari inaugurated JazzSLAM's 3 Session eLearning project in collaboration with the Broward County Board of Ed TV station, BECON TV. She was a clinician at the 2015 JEN (Jazz Education Network) National Conference in San Diego, and has received 2015, 2016 and 2017 Herb Alpert Foundation grants from JEN.

20 LIVE JazzSLAM "In School" PRESENTATIONS (2017-2018)!!   20 live Quartet JazzSLAM "In School" presentations will again be offered in Broward County through the Gold Coast Jazz Society (GCJ.org), and will be included in the SEAS Directory (Student Enrichment through the Arts), a unique partnership with The Broward Center for the Performing Arts & Broward County Public Schools. We will be offering 10 of our "In School" presentations through SEAS.

Any school interested in enrolling in the eLearning 3 segment series should contact Mari and request information through the JazzSLAM contact page or the JazzSLAM Facebook page.

We welcome our newest member of the JazzSLAM team, bass player, Senegal Apostolo, a recent graduate of FIU School of Music.

Mari JazzSLAM

In August 2014, Mari was a guest on "Evenin Jazz, The Real Tracy Fields show on national public radio, WLRN, 91.3. This is a one hour segment about JazzSLAM's in-school program, featuring Dillard Center for the Arts HS Jazz band students.

It is archived at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aO9LQaEvAo

JazzSLAM's in-school presentations are a part of Gold Coast Jazz Society. For the past 4 years, JazzSLAM has been selected as a participant in the SEAS program, Student Enrichment in the Arts: The Broward County School Board and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

In 2013, Mari gave workshops about JazzSLAM at three (3) statewide Arts Integration Conferences offered by The Florida Arts Education Best Practices in Arts Integration Symposium held at The Orlando Museum of Art in January 2013, Northern Florida Symposium held at The Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, FL, and The Southeast Florida Symposium held in March at the Karvis Center for the Arts in West Palm Beach FL.

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie Jams with JazzSLAM!

News News

Mari, Dr. Robert Runcie, Broward Superintendent of
Schools and Morrow Elementary Principal Laurel Crowle.

On February 25, 2013, the JazzSLAM team was visited by Broward Superintendent of Schools, Robert Runcie, during the JazzSLAM presentation.

Mr. Runcie, along with Morrow Principal Dr. Laurel Crowle joined Mari and other teachers in showing the students how to dance "The Charleston" – as a part of the Great Migration of jazz in the U.S. What a treat!

Christopher Dorsey

Friday, March 8, 2013
Christopher Dorsey, Director of the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble, and Mari Mennel-Bell accepting the Honoree of the Year 2013 Inaugural "Patron of the Arts" Award at The Dillard Center for the Arts Gala.


JazzSLAM is very proud to begin it's 2nd decade of presentations and its 5th year as part of the Gold Coast Society.

Mari Mennel-Bell for JazzSLAM one of 3 honorees For Good 2012 award from The Community Foundation of Broward In 2011.


JazzSLAM's bass player, inducted into the South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame, with Tracy Fields of WLRN presenting him the award.