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SYJO Big Band 3 auditions

There are still some vacanicies in SYJO3, the junior ensemble of the Sydney Youth Jazz Orchestra. They are looking for sax players, trumpet, trombone and electric guitar. The band is for junior high school and upper primary students. This is a fantastic opportunity for young musicians to play in a high standard jazz big band […]

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Ellen Kirkwood wins Rutherford Award

JWA trumpet teacher Ellen Kirkwood is the 2012 winner of the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award. Congratulations Ellen! The Jann Rutherford Memorial Award was founded in 2005 to assist in the professional development of an outstanding young female Australian jazz musician. The Award is named in honour of the late jazz pianist Jann Rutherford, and is […]

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Buying a Drum Kit: a short guide

  Buying a drum kit. If you’re thinking about getting a drum kit for yourself or for a young drummer in your family and feel you don’t have nearly enough knowledge or experience to make good choices, the following guide will help you through the process. This guide assumes you’re relatively new to the world […]

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JWA students university audition success

A number of our students at the Jazz Workshop auditioned for various tertiary music courses. We congratulate the following on their audition success: Nick Henderson (bass, student of Saul Richardson, Advanced Combo, & SYJO) accepted into Jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Oli Nelson (drums, student of Dave Goodman, Advanced Combo, & SYJO) accepted […]

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Gavin Ahearn

Here is a link to a Youtube video of Gavin Ahearn, one of our piano teachers, playing one of his own compositions, Nimbus, at Cafe church in Glebe, in 2008. Gavin teaches on Wednesday afternoons and evenings.  

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Term 1 starts February 6

Regular music lessons and rehearsals at JWA resume the week of Monday February 6th. The office will be open for enquiries, bookings and enrollments from Tuesday January 31. We’re looking forward to seeing everyne again soon! Saul & Karen, JWA.

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Tour success

The tour group have all returned safe and sound…half our luggage is due back tomorrow morning. We flew Korean Airlines, who were excellent apart from this. Internet access proved to be suprisingly difficult over the past few weeks, and hence no regular updates here. Tour members and their families were kept up to date via […]

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January 4 tour update

January 4 and the internet access drought is finally over. The free internet at Travelodge Hollywood was oatchy at best, and crashed the last day or two we were in LA. The hotel in Barbados, coconut court, was simply not telling the truth when they advertised free wireless internet. The same hotel also managed to […]

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Tour Day 1 and 2

The 2011/2012 USA and Barbados tour is under way! Day one: the flight over. An excited band and excited families met at Sy dney airport at the brisk hour of 6am. Check – in was uneventful apart from the confusion among the staff at the Korean Airlines counter: “you are only allowed one checked bag […]

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Band tour starts

After about ten months of preparation the JWA 2011/2012 international tour band is about to leave for Los Angeles. The whole three week itinerary is on our tours page, but it is LA – Barbados – Miami – Orlando – New York. Most of the musicians in the band came to it through Jazz Camp last […]

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