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Vortex Jazz Club 27-31 July 2015

Join us for a great week under the inspiring leadership of trombone virtuoso Annie Whitehead.

There will be a wide range of music, including jazz, african and latin grooves.
The format will be focused on performance, with group rehearsal, section work and solo practice through the week, and a gig at the Vortex on the Friday night.

Supported by a great rhythm section – Jennifer Maidman on bass and Mark Huggett on Drums

Looking particularly for trumpets and trombones but could fit in another alto or 2. Sorry tenors no more needed.

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Grand Union Summer School

Oundle School, PeterboroughJoin 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)

TO APPLY: visit http://www.grandunionyouth.org.uk; email summerschool@grandunion.org.uk or call 0208 981 1551.

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Every year in July
Tutors: Paul Eshelby and Nick Care

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.

Every summer in July
Tutors: Anton Browne and Jenny Howe

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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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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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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World-class tutors, state-of-the-art facilities, beautiful Cornwall: University College Falmouth and Yamaha have come together to create one of the hottest new jazz summer schools in the country.

The course enables you to choose your own programme of study, work with top jazz musicians, form your own bands and record your music, all in our brand new, purpose-built Performance Centre. Whatever your previous experience, we aim to further your skills, your understanding and your appreciation of jazz, all in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Course tutors will also be performing gigs in the evenings, giving you a great chance to hear some top jazz names all as part of the package. Following the gigs, you’ll be free to socialise in the on-site bar and café.



Brigitte Beraha

Brigitte BerahaVocalist and educator, Brigitte Beraha is Professor of Jazz Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. She has released two albums under her own name to great critical acclaim – ‘Prelude to A Kiss’ on FMR Records (2005) and ‘Flying Dreams’ on F-Ire Records – and is preparing two albums for release this year, the first with Babelfish, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, and a Standards album with Bobby Wellins and John Turville, recorded in Italy.

Jez Franks

Jez FranksGuitarist and educator, Jez Franks has taught at the Royal Academy of Music and Leeds College of Music, and is currently the lead guitar tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Finalist of Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 1990, Jez has been in demand ever since, and has played, toured and recorded with a wide range of ensembles, including F-ire Collective member Tom Arthurs’ ‘Centripede’, Russell Van den Berg, Asaf Sirkis’ ‘Inner Noise’, ‘Centreline’, Rick Astley, Henry Lowther, Gerard Presencer, Koby Israeilite and Johnny Mayor.

Andy Hague

Andy HagueTrumpeter, composer, educator and jazz impresario, Andy Hague has been directing jazz summer schools and big bands around the South West for the past eight years. As a trumpeter, he leads his own quintet, big band and salsa group, Conjunto Gringo, and has released three CDs. The quintet has undertaken several national tours and Andy’s various groups have appeared at jazz festivals in Edinburgh, Brecon, Swanage, Marlborough and Teignmouth.

Andy has appeared as a session player on numerous recordings, most notably the first two Portishead albums & their Live in New York DVD, and has played on various film and TV scores, including The Big Swap (by Niall Johnson, who went on to make White Noise), and A Good Woman (starring Helen Hunt & Scarlett Johannson). He has received composition commissions from Bristol Brass Consort, South West Jazz and Jazz at the Albert.

Ed Jones

Ed JonesSaxophonist, composer and educator, Ed Jones has lectured in Jazz in universities around the UK, Finland and Japan, including at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He currently lectures at Leeds College of Music, as well as pursing a busy career as composer and performer.

Described by the Evening Standard’s Jack Massarik as “one of the most fluent and forceful players in Europe”, Ed has released 11 solo albums to date, and has received numerous commissions and grants for his roles as performer, composer and educator within Jazz, Rock and Classical domains.

Keith Michael

Keith MichaelDrummer, composer and educator, Keith Michael has performed and taught around the UK and Asia. He has played with Ustad Usman Khan and Alryo Lima (of Weather Report) in India, Ryan Griffith and Toshiya Kazamatsuin in Japan, and his own ensembles in Korea and Thailand.

Keith currently works at University College Falmouth and leads a weekly jazz event in London’s West End, playing alongside musicians such as Jim Mullen, Steve Fishwick, James Allsop, Quentin Collins, Ed Jones, Damon Brown, Alex Garnet, Alyson Neale, Tommaso Starace, Brigitte Beraha, Sigurta Fulvio, Jim Hart, Gareth Lochrane, Jez Franks, Chris Allard, Dave Preston, Ross Stanley, Dave Mannington and Julie Walkington.

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan TaylorPianist, composer and educator for 20 years, Jonathan Taylor currently teaches jazz at the Guildhall School in London. He has worked with legendary funk musicians Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley, and has played and recorded with many great jazz musicians including Iain Ballamy, Eddie Parker, Andy Sheppard, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead and Steve Arguelles. He is also a founder member of the UK’s leading tango ensemble, Tango Siempre, performing in venues around the world.

Riaan Vosloo

Riaan VoslooDouble bassist, composer and educator, Riaan Vosloo has made many appearances with many well-known artists and has a growing portfolio of composition and album credits, including work for Universal, Sony, Ninja Tune, Decca records, Tru Thourghts, and Impossible Ark Records. On top of his freelance work Riaan currently occupies the Bass chair in many projects including Nostalgia 77, Twelves, James Allsop/Ross Stanley quartet, Ed Jones quartet and Richard Fairhursts Triptych. Riaan is currently taking a PhD in composition at Birmingham Conservatoire.

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Are you a young jazz professional or student?
Apply for the
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Take this opportunity for networking and developing your
skills by following an advanced jazz course in one of Europe’s most prominent jazz scenes.

Come and play in our beautiful building, with jazz students from around the world.

Under guidance of the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music NY, and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam:
a.o. Justin DiCioccio, John Riley, Maarten van der Grinten,
Yaniv Nachum, Scott Wendholt, Frans van der Hoeven.
Special guest artist: Dick Oatts

A week full of lessons, workshops, jams, masterclasses and
lectures at Europe’s largest jazz department. With a final concert in the world famous Bimhuis.


Full and partial ‘Keep an Eye’ scholarships as well as financial
travel assistance are available for a limited number of
jazz students based on their application recordings.

The workshop is designed for professional level musicians.

Application forms can be downloaded from the website:
E-mail: cva-summerjazz@ahk.nl

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