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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Term 1 2014 starting

Lessons and rehearsals at the Jazz Workshop are just about to start for 2014. Private lessons, student combos, and the SYJO 2 & 3 big bands all resume from Monday 3 February. Adult combos start the following Monday and SYJO1 big band goes back 20 February. There is space in most of the combos for […]

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Atlanta

As I write this, I am sitting in the excellent Atlanta international airport. What a contrast to the appalling Miami airport! Quick, polite, friendly, efficient…everything that that other farce isn’t. Last night we had our end-of-tour celebration dinner at Georgia Shrimp Co, a restaurant/jazz club in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree. The house band played […]

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Miami-Orlando-Tampa

Bayside Marketplace, Miami. As usual, it took over two hours to clear Miami airport, the last thing everybody needed after such an early start. In fact, our flight landed about twenty minutes early, but had to wait on the tarmac for the gate to become available (there were many unused gates clearly visible from the […]

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