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Friday, 21 April 2017

BEST OF YOUNG JAZZ . Saturday 8th July 2017

JAZZ SATURDAY….  An exciting, upbeat jazz workshop led by 3 professional jazz artists for young musicians & singers aged 13+

Saturday 08 July 2017

Funded by Severn Arts in partnership with Best of Young Jazz – Free of charge.

Worcestershire venue to be confirmed soon!


Deadline for bookings – Wednesday 21 June


Dear young musicians


I’m delighted to invite you to an exciting, upbeat day of music making on Saturday 08 July 2017.

Whether you’re a singer or instrumentalist, on Jazz Saturday, you will receive bespoke support from our three fantastic professional jazz artists (details below) to create a new arrangement of work bringing together these two essential elements of jazz music.


Sometimes, the full ensemble – instrumentalists and vocalists – will work together and learn from one another; and at other times, we will split the group to focus on techniques particular to each element.  


The key objectives for the vocalists will be about singing in harmony, learning different ways of approaching improvisation including 'scatting', how to improvise over chord changes and what to listen for to ensure a good working relationship when working with instrumentalists.


For instrumentalists, the workshop will also explore different improvisation techniques as well as composing from scratch without traditional musical notation, with a focus on learning how to work cooperatively and in harmony with jazz vocals.   


Participants will be invited to work in different ways with their instrument and voice, and be given the opportunity to perform informally to parents and friends at the end of the day. The workshop will be delivered in such a way that students at various levels of experience can be involved, have fun and develop their musical understanding, skill and interest in jazz.


Jazz Saturday will take place on 08 March in Worcestershire – we are just confirming venue details and will let you know as soon as possible. The workshop will be led by three professional jazz artists and can accommodate up to 20 instrumentalists and 20 vocalists on a first come first served basis.


This practical day is part of a series of inspiring jazz programmes being delivered across the county to develop skills and enthusiasm associated with jazz music. Managed by Best of Young Jazz and financially supported by Arts Council England, The Bransford Trust and Severn Arts; the opportunity is offered free of charge to young jazz musicians across Worcestershire and beyond. 


The day-of-jazz will be led by three professional jazz musicians and educators, all prodigy of Birmingham Conservatoire and a tour de force of the jazz scene, locally and much further afield -


  • Jazz Saturday will run from, 10.00am – 4.00pm, including an informal end-of-day sharing (approx. 3.45pm), which family and friends are invited to attend.  
  • Participants will need to bring their voice and/or instrument, and a packed lunch. Light refreshments will be provided at break time.
  • Further details will be provided and gathered following your initial email booking.

  • Please RSVP to Marie Oldaker (Acting) Project-Manager - Best of Young Jazz, as soon as possible to secure your place: oldaker_m@hotmail.com

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