Jazz Yorkshire is running its Big Band Swing Jamboree 2013 for musicians of 12 to 18 years of age on Sunday February 10th at The Grammar School at Leeds. It is free of charge and will, after this year's great success again be mentored by Al Wood and John Ellis.
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See jazzjamboree-2012-video to view all numbers performed at the Grammar School of Leeds in Feb 2012.
Feb 2012 UPDATE: Young musicians from 20 different Yorkshire schools managed to make their way to Leeds for an 8:15am start even after a heavy fall of snow the night before. After a full day of rehearsing the young musicians played a concert to their parents alternating tunes led by Al Wood and John Ellis.
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An intensive, one-day big band workshop for young musicians aged between 12 - 18 years of age who are interested in learning more about playing Big Band jazz.
The day will be led by Al Wood and John Ellis MBE. Al Wood was a member of the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, deputy head of jazz performance at Leeds College of Music and a nationally respected big band leader. John Ellis MBE is head of the renowned Doncaster Youth Jazz Association and is internationally recognised as a leading developer of Youth Jazz Orchestras, having devised and directed courses in France, Germany and Sweden. John was awarded Jazz Yorkshire Educator of the Year 2010.
Sunday 29 July - Saturday 4 August 2012
Price: £445 non residential
Tutors: Jamil Sheriff (Piano), Laura Zakian (Voice), Tori Freestone (Saxophone), Dave Walsh (Drums), Matt Roberts (Trumpet), Stuart McCallum (Guitar), Garry Jackson (Bass)
Whether you're an adult learner, classical music teacher needing jazz input, a younger player about to head to college, or simply a jazz fanatic, the Summer Jazz week at Leeds College of Music is the ideal destination. Regardless of experience, the course is perfect for those wishing to play, sing and/or study jazz, hone existing jazz skills and meet like-minded musicians. Enjoying the full facilities of Leeds College of Music, including brand new Steinway pianos and recording studios, and tutored by experienced educators and musicians, the course will include improvisation at all levels, bigband, singers pathway, rhythm section workout, and jam sessions.
Yamaha UK are inviting young musicians send in a video of their band playing two pieces for the Yamaha Jazz Experience Competition. Musicians should be aged between 11 - 18 with up to 8 musicians in the band - which must include bass, drums and a harmony instrument. Bill Martin of Yamaha says "Our judges are looking for convincing performances demonstrating improvising, fluency in the jazz language, sense of ensemble, good internal and external communication during the performances".
Videos must reach Yamaha UK by 24 Feb and 9 finalists will then be invited to perform at Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May 2012, in front of our jazz judges and the festival audience. The judges will choose a winning ensemble from each age category: u-15, u-17 and u-19, who will win gigs at top London jazz clubs. This means that younger ensembles stand a real chance of getting through.
Further details 2012 Yamaha Jazz Experience Competition