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GMF Tuscany International Workshop and Jazz Festival 2014
Certaldo, Italy, 06–12 August 2014
This is the 7th edition of this unique event. The spectacular setting, the team of outstanding performers and teachers and the varied schedule of activity all add up to an unforgettable experience for everyone who takes part.
An exceptional roster of British, Italian and American artists/teachers:
René Marie, USA Voice
Perico Sambeat, Spain Saxophone and Flute
Bruce Barth, USA Piano
Arnie Somogyi, UK Bass
Guillermo Rozenthuler, UK Voice
Alfred Kramer, ITA Drums
Garrison Fewell, USA Guitar
Stephen Keogh, IRL Drums
Places are very limited on this course. We advise you to reserve your place with as much time in advance as you can.
We have only 15 places left available (June 4th)
Intensive study, equivalent to a whole term at a music conservatory – some 5 hours tuition per day, including supervised rehearsals, instrumental classes and one-to-one lessons.
A wealth of opportunities to sing and play: student concerts, nightly jam sessions and other spontaneous events
Free admission to over concerts given by members of the faculty and guest artists
A range of complementary disciplines to broaden your horizons: Jazz Choir, Pulse Training, Ear Training, Breathing and Body work all in an atmospheric small-town setting with friendly, convivial people.
The course provides first-class tuition and many opportunities to listen and perform. And, in keeping with GMF’s philosophy, the course takes a broad view of music-making; the instrumental, vocal, rhythmic and physical disciplines together lead the participant towards new levels of understanding, concentration and awareness.
To apply:



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Grand Union Summer School
11th – 13th August 2014
Oundle School, Peterborough

Join the UK’s pioneering world music and jazz ensemble for a 3 day residency, open to young musicians aged 12 – 21.

Musicians will have the opportunity to:
• Work alongside leading professional musicians
• Learn about world music, first hand, from experts
• Discover new instruments and develop improvisation skills
• Meet and create with like-minded young musicians
• Take part in the final concert featuring music created in the workshops

Under the general direction of Tony Haynes, Grand Union’s founder composer/director, the course will be led by musicians who have worked together as Grand Union’s core team for many years, including:

Shanti Jayasinha (Sri Lanka/Scotland) – trumpet, cello
Claude Deppa (South Africa) – trumpet, African drums
Louise Elliott (Australia) – tenor saxophone, flute
Yousuf Ali Khan (Bangladesh) – tabla, dholak
Carlos Fuentes (Chile) – Latin-American percussion
Lilia Iontcheva (Bulgaria) – tuned percussion, congas
Ruijun Hu (China) – dizi, xiao (Chinese flutes)

PRICE: £135. Price includes food, travel, accommodation, tuition and performance. Bursary scheme available.
TO APPLY: visit http://www.grandunionyouth.org.uk; email summerschool@grandunion.org.uk or call 0208 981 1551.

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Choral Jazz Workshop

City of London Festival
Wednesday 9 July
7.00pm – 9.30pm

Gresham Centre, St Anne & St Agnes, Gresham Street

Great rhythm, harmony, classic
standards and funky bass – jazz has
made its mark in the choral world,
with international jazz a cappella
award winners Voces8 leading
the way. Join them for an evening
workshop of music-making in a fun,
interactive and creative environment
– a session for anyone who loves any
style of jazz
Tickets £12
0845 120 7502


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Mon 21 – Sat 26 Jul
Tutors: Paul Eshelby and Nick Care
Resident: £550.00 Non-resident: £425.00 Code: 14/502

A wonderful opportunity to enjoy and share your love for the sound of the Big Band in the company of the like-minded. We’ll cover a wide range of repertoire under the expert guidance of Paul Eshelby, trumpeter with the BBC Big Band, who has played with everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Phil Collins via Shirley Bassey. There will be sectionals, and visiting tutors will also give some solo coaching. We’re looking for saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drum players of intermediate standard upwards, and we’ll be working alongside the Big Band Singing Summer School. We begin at 7 pm on the first day and finish after breakfast on the final day. And naturally, automatic right of entry to the annual A Night of Jazz concert on Thursday 24 July is included.

Mon 21 – Sat 26 Jul
Tutors: Anton Browne and Jenny Howe
Resident: £550.00 Non-resident: £425.00 Code: 14/503

If you’ve ever yearned to sing with the sound of a Big Band behind you, then here’s your chance. Working under the guidance of Anton Browne and Jenny Howe, two of the finest Big Band singers around, you’ll explore and develop vocal techniques relevant to the genre, study the art of stagecraft and presentation, discover how to make a well-known song your own, and learn about microphone technique and singing in harmony. We’d like you to prepare two standard songs from the repertoire and to bring along chord charts. We’ll provide songs and duets too. A portable CD player and some kind of recording machine will also prove useful. We begin at 7 pm on the first day and finish after breakfast on the final day. And of course you get free entry to the A Night of Jazz concert on Thursday 24 July, an occasion which always buzzes.

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19-26 JULY 2014

The brand new LAKE DISTRICT JAZZ SUMMER SCHOOL at ST BEES, set by the sea in one of the most beautiful parts of England has Jazz Professors from The Guildhall, Trinity Laban, Leeds College of Music & Lisbon University.

The 7-day course costs just £450 (including lunches, workshops & nightly guided jam sessions+concerts from the pros) and accommodation starts at £50 for campers (single ensuite rooms available on site too) at the historic 400-year-old school of St Bees.

FOR DETAILS GOTO: http://www.LakeDistrictJazz.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lakedistrictjazz?fref=ts

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June 3rd – 10th,

Join singers from around the world as we gather in the City of Lights for an 8-day exploration of vocal technique, jazz literacy in song, interpretation of lyrics, and performance skills.

Come take in the sites of Paris as a Jazz capital of the world, with outings and tours to famous locales and hidden gems, led by native Parisians and local talent.

The 8-day event kicks off with a performance by the three workshop leaders and culminates with a public performance by YOU at the legendary Au Franc Pinot!

Get the details, answers to your questions, and register at
or CALL Claudia Hommel at 773-509-9360 for a quick and personal response.

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The Jazz Summer School includes:

Singers’ Weekend
A unique large group workshop for singers from all backgrounds, working on jazz, gospel, African and world music. Led over two days by Scott Stroman, Lee Gibson, Gitika Partington, Lucky Moyo and guests, it culminates in a concert with a great band on the Sunday night. No music reading necessary—all learned and performed by ear!

One Week Jazz & Rock Course
The long-running course for instrumentalists and singers begins on the Sunday evening and finishes with a huge concert on the Friday evening. All ages and abilities, and all instruments and vocalists, are welcome. The course includes jazz & rock bands and combos, big bands, vocal groups, classes in harmony, rhythm, and improvisation, instrumental and vocal classes, rock and Latin workshops, computer music. In the evenings there are tutor concerts and “the Club” – it’s a busy and vibrant week. Classes and rehearsals run from 10am until 5:30pm daily, followed by Tutors’ concerts from 7-8pm and the Club from 8:15-10pm.

“Thoroughly enjoyable… it enabled me to learn many new skills and techniques.” Singers’ Weekend participant 2012

“I learnt a lot of valuable lessons from the week and was inspired by some incredible people.” One Week Jazz & Rock Course participant 2012

The Guildhall Jazz and Rock Summer School has something for everyone, at every age and level of experience, in a wide range of styles embracing jazz, rock, latin, funk, gospel, blues, studio music and more. It’s a fun, happy, encouraging and vibrant place to try something new or expand your skills. Auditions are not required.

For more information, visit http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/musicsummerschools or email jazz@gsmd.ac.uk

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