Alumni of Jazz Workshop Australia

Here are some of our alumni. This is only the people who’ve gone on to do jazz at university or professionally, not the countless others who learnt a lot and found pleasure in playing music. Those things are very important too. Have we missed you? Let us know. Recent alumni: JWA students who successfully auditioned for […]

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Jazz Mythology and Reality

By Saul Richardson, May 2015. I couldn’t make music if I spent all day in a school Recently a prodigious young pianist from Indonesia, Joey Alexander, has been receiving a lot of attention on social media. Joey is turning 12 at the time of writing this. From time to time, like Joey, other child prodigies […]

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Jazz Camp 2015 photo gallery

Photos of Summer Jazz Camp 2015 held at Naamaroo Conference Centre, Sydney (5 pages). Faculty included: John Morrison (drums; musical director) Saul Richardson (guitar; director) Jacki Cooper (voice) Bob Montgomery (trumpet) Eric Dunan (trumpet) Graeme Lyall (sax & woodwind) Josh Quinlan (sax & woodwind) Nick Southcott (piano) Abel Cross (bass) Libor Smoldas (guitar) Brendan Champion […]

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Faking It: Real Books and how to use them

By Saul Richardson. You are not meant to play most Fake Book/Real Book tunes exactly as written. One of the most widely-used resources among jazz students are so-called “Real Books”. Real Book is more-or-less a pun on “Fake Book”, a collection of rough lead sheets for jazz or popular songs. The Real Book first appeared […]

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Epic Trumpet Players Needed!

The Sydney Youth Jazz Orchestra is looking for new trumpet players to audition for either SYJO (under 30) or SYJO2 (under 19). Full scholarships are available, sponsored by us here at Jazz Workshop Australia. Members need to be able to commit to weekly rehearsals in St Leonards during school terms. SYJO rehearses on Thursday evenings […]

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2015 combos now enrolling

Do you play an instrument? Would you or your child age 8+ like to join a jazz band where you: a) play great music? b) learn how to improvise? c) learn the ways of jazz? d) play with other like-minded, enthusiastic and talented musicians? e) progress through a program with one of the best track […]

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Registration for Jazz Camp 2015 has closed

Next week 80 young jazz musicians from all over Australia will converge on Naamaroo Conference Center, nestled in the picturesque bushland of the Lane Cove National Park. The usual tranquility will be replaced by the swinging sounds of a new generation of jazz talent. For over three decades the JWA Jazz Camp, formerly the IAJE Australia Jazz […]

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Jazz Camp closing soon

This summer’s Jazz camp is close to closing for new registrations; We can accept late registrations until 30 December, 2014 or the camp is full, whichever comes first. To sweeten the deal, and make signing up a little easier, we’ve waived the PayPal surcharge. Register now online. We’ve put together a high-powered faculty of great musicians […]

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Jazz Band Teaching Guide

I’M GOING TO TEACH JAZZ BAND?! A Really Rough Guide to Directing and Instructing Middle and High School Jazz Ensembles, by Dr Keith Kelly. Jazz music is about inclusion and expression! Jazz, at its core, is simultaneously a social endeavor and expression of one’s individual spirit. Here’s a guide for anyone who is or will be teaching jazz […]

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Relativism in Jazz Education

By Saul Richardson, Jazz education is hampered by notions of relativism among its educators. The view confuses the technical features of language with the ideas, meanings and emotions it can express. To downplay the importance of teaching students how to play jazz is based on a fallacy and does them a great disservice. __________________________ “That’s […]

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