- Baby Jazz - Little Jazz -
Youth Jazz -
Growing Up to Emulate the Jazz Masters
Tickets for Concert Jazz Events - Special Inducement
Jazz & Music Students Ė Standby Tickets Ė will be released 10 mins before the
Performance Start. Special Concession Rate £5.
You can register your interest for a Standby Ticket in advance by email - they
will be released only on the eve of Performance Ė or you turn up on pure
speculation. Names and called at the side entrance Ė form an orderly queue
please. Order will be email date, time and those next in line when called.
Entry is not guaranteed but it is most likely.
Sorry no entry to foyer until you are called for owing to urgent Booked Ticket
processing being in progress at the Box Office
Unsold Seats and No
Show tickets will be released at this time slot - so take full advantage
to hear the best in Jazz at a bargain Price!
There are some young exponents of
jazz playing at these Events don't miss the opportunity to hear them Blowin and
watch their technique.
Young Composer Competition 2007
Perhaps membership of the National Youth Jazz
A Sponsored Weekend Jazz Education Course?
comment from Alan Barnes - Jazz Reed Maestro:-
is absolutely paramount. The first thing I say to any student who
comes to me, before I accept them, is: ĎWho do you listen to?í It seems
phenomenal to me that certain people donít listen to established
and they want to be a jazz clarinet player! For instance, Iíve had
tenor students say they havenít heard Don Weller, and they havenít
heard Dick Morrisey, or Bobby Wellins, and I think, if they havenít
heard these peopleÖ (and they are on the doorstep)...ĒďOften people
donít realise thatís what music is all about: listening. Performing is
also about listening. In jazz, when youíve finished your chorus, you
donít then ignore what everybody else is doing, because it should
change what happens next........................"
Norman Granz - Impresario of Jazz @
The younger people now are listening to a kind of pseudo blues or a
modified pop music. As they get older, theyíll become bored with the
sameness and the homogeneity of the kind of music they like as kids
because itís easy and itís rhythmic, even the lyric they may get tired
of as they become older. Well, in that case, they may turn to popular
music. A sprinkling of teenagers may be attracted towards jazz.
Many of the pop artists, using jazz arrangers, have indoctrinated them,
almost unconsciously, into hearing a jazz sound. Quincy Jones (who is more of a genuine jazz figure)
when he writes for pop artists still falls back on his jazz techniques.
Thus the public when hearing pop
music is, without knowing it, also soaking up jazz. You find that
in film sound tracks, too. Many of the movie Directors who in the past would never have
dreamt of using jazz arrangers or composers for scores are doing it
more frequently now, even though they water them down. Still, the
general public are getting a taste for jazz albeit subconsciously.
youíll find a new update called
in the Gallery section. Visions is mostly about photos taken from Tony's point
of view of the musicians he had great pleasure of working with over
the past decade and a half, or was just fortunate to be around at the
opportune time. Itís about capturing a certain moment in rehearsal,
performances or just relaxing before a concert. Tony has been taking photographs
from the age of 14 years old, which is longer than the time spent as a
professional musician. To him, musicians are very unique individuals, and as
a musician himself, he likes to capture them before the important world stage
performance that takes place in front of the audience, and having first hand
insight of this, he finds that most musicians show the first signs of finding
their inner space at this point in order to perform at their highest levels,
They might have a serious or humorous side to them, but these are the real
life musicians who take and love their art very seriously and
unconditionally, and itís that side of musicians that inspires him to
immortalise art into still life. So
is the first of many images youíll see in the next few
days, weeks, months and years to come of musicians present and future.
by Tony Kofi)
Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra
Experience the glory of a big band with twenty
one young musicians of prowess and promise. They play a repertoire
that includes Stan Kenton, Maria Schneider, Duke Ellington, Count
Basie, Oliver Nelson, Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Mingus.
Orchestra features Philip Cardwell, Liam Heath, Alan Blair, Linsey
McDonald, Hendon Musk (tp), Billy Fleming, Dionne Copeland, Theo
Forrest, Michelle Melvin, Leah Gough Cooper, Rachel Cohen, Louise
McDonald, Ben Bryden (s), Scott Annison, Hannah Cohen, Michael Owers,
Michael Campbell (tb), Chris Lyons (p), Ross Whyte (d), Calum
Gourlay (b) and Mike Nisbet (g).
The above were performing at the Aberdeen Jazz Festival 2006 and
proved to be one of the most rewarding events and certainly the most
swinging Big Band featured at the whole Festival. A great pool
of young talent motivated by the Maestro of the Saxophone who
donates all his time for Charity. Support them when and where
you can as this promising unit gets no funding whatsoever.
Tommy Smith Website
Windsor Jazz Platform Popular evening
open Jazz Jam Session - all welcome, an informal
organisation created to encourage aspiring
jazz musicians of all ages and abilities to
play live. Members participate in jam
sessions or form their own bands to create
their own brand of jazz. Usually meets on
the 2nd & 4th Tuesday's of each month.
Jazz Platform Windsor is sited at the
Windsor Arts Centre and has links to sister
platforms in Newbury and Hungerford
Dates can be subject to change so best to
check the diary pages at
or ring Alan on 01344 454351. Jazz Platform
Internationally famous yet local group Stekpanna have always been heavily involved in music education at
all levels. If you would like to discuss possibilities for your
school or college please contact
Ear Trainer Software
A free audio time-stretching tool for Windows. BestPractice is
a tool to slow down or speed up music, either from a file or
directly from a CD. The thing is, that ordinarily the sound is
distorted when slowed down our sped up - you get the effect like
when playing a 45 rpm record on 33 rpm speed. BestPractice tries to
correct this, so you can slow down and speed up music, while keeping
the original tune. Since version 0.3 you can also change the pitch
of the music without affecting its length.
Thame Concert Band
Aylesbury Music Centre
Big Band - Youth Orchestra
National Youth Jazz Orchestra's Aims:
Providing an opportunity for gifted
young musicians from all over Britain to meet together regularly and to play big
band jazz to a very high standard and excellence. Enabling young musicians to
gain experience of working to high professional standards in major concert halls
Sharing the talents of these exciting
young players with the general public through concert performances, recordings
and radio and TV programmes.
Commissioning new works from British composers, arrangers and song-writers.
Introducing and nurturing a love of jazz amongst school children.
Increasing the awareness and enjoyment of jazz amongst as wide an audience as
Wiltshire Play Jazz Weekend
Jazz Academy MD
Art of Jazz - Dan Bank - School Workshop
John Morton -
Arranging and Orchestration
Just Jazz - all you need to know
Education - Jazz Attack
Gary Bayley - Developing a Sound of
Jazz Course UK
Learn Jazz Piano
for Jazz Education
Molly and the Owl 2005 - Nick Tomalin Group
"The chances of a kid hearing jazz
today are pretty minimal, so this attempt to introduce them to it via a
children's musical story ought to go straight onto the music curriculum. Credit
also due to pianist/writer Tomalin, for his broad take on jazz, and managing to
strike an effective balance between an educational and a fun element." Jazzwise
1. Prelude (Molly and the Owl Theme)
2. Molly's Walk
3. Twit-Twoo Blues
5. Molly's Lament
6. Broom-cupboard Bossa
7. Molly and the Owl Theme (reprise)
Molly and the Owl is a ground-breaking
performance piece aimed at introducing jazz to younger audiences (7-11
year-olds) in a fun, accessible way. The piece combines a spoken narration with
original music performed by a live jazz quintet, and does for jazz what 'Peter
and the Wolf' does for classical music. The story centres on a little girl
called Molly and her strange meeting with a saxophone-playing owl
Tel: 01865 740000
We provide instrumental tuition in Schools, weekly instrumental, vocal and
theory groups, youth orchestras, activities and courses during the school
holidays, ensembles for adult musicians, Saturday afternoon workshops and an
instrument purchase scheme. For further information please telephone the Music
Service general office.
Maturing Jazz Dudes -
advise us of any link you feel should be added
If you wish
to contribute to our
Jazz Page click this
Local Tuition in Guitar, Bass
and Piano or Keyboards
Chiltern Music Studio
Near Princes Risborough,
Vacancies exist for beginners or improvers interested in learning Bass Guitar,
Guitar, Piano or Keyboards.
Tuition, Sales, Service - email
Alan Peppett, Walters Ash, nr High Wycombe, Bucks - for beginners or
improvers 01494 562 048
Courtyard, 8 Upper High Street, Thame, OX9 3ER
- Kevin Lucas
)01844 217712 - Mobile 0783 436 3276
LWS Youth Jazz Ensemble Sponsorship
If you would like to sponsor the LWS Youth Jazz Ensemble, either by making a
donation (unused Musical Instrument, etc), buying equipment or assisting with
the website or concert programmes, please email us. If you have any ideas
for fund raising from Guest or Function appearances etc, please contact us. The
ensemble cannot expect to be self-financing.
Parents and friends, by
contributing time and effort, are able to defray certain costs. LWS appreciate
the support of the County Council through their appointment of musical
directors, services of their musical advisor and by providing other facilities.
A considerable amount of capital is required for the purchase of music and
additional, specialised equipment.
It would be nice to have a Thame Jazz Art
Foundation (TJAF) to advance music education for the public of this Borough
and surrounding areas. It could both administer and co-ordinate the provision of
music tuition and youth music activities for young people and adults. In
addition also support the development of music education in schools and provides
a wide range of music making opportunities, including concert performances,
workshops, projects and courses.
This webpage is here to encourage all
become involved in listening to, playing, discussing Jazz, and conveying its benefits for young people and
schools. The website also includes local Events and Venues where you can expand your knowledge of
Contemporary Jazz Music and its purveyors.
Any Corporate or Wealthy Sponsors out there?
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JAM - Jazz Appreciation
Month - is every month of your year