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How to become a better jazz player: beyond music lessons

1. Do it with other people One of the most important aspects of jazz is that it is best done with other people. Jazz involves improvised interaction in real-time between musicians. It is a wonderful and powerful skill to have. You can’t practice this kind of responsive interaction by yourself. That makes playing in an […]

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Jazz Camp FAQ

In the lead-up to Jazz Camp starting January 7, here are some frequently asked questions before and during the camp. Do I need to bring my own instrument? When do I choose my electives? Will my child be sleeping in a room with others of the same age-group? What if my child gets sick? Is […]

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Jazz education rhetoric and reality

by Saul Richardson, 2018. There is a popular misconception that playing jazz is exclusively about uniquely talented individuals expressing an unusual inner creativity that only a select few a born with. Popular “wisdom” also says that jazz is mysterious and cannot be taught. As Paul Berliner pointed out in his landmark study of improvisation Thinking […]

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Farewell Kali Gillen

Kali Gillen, popular sax and clarinet teacher, is leaving teaching to pursue other opportunities. Although she is still studying at the Sydney Conservatrium, she is kept busy as a performer involved in projects like the Sydney Women’s Jazz Collective and various musicals and other shows. Her students at JWA and Jazz Camp always enjoyed her […]

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Some ways that jazz education excludes girls and why this is a problem

Saul Richardson. 2018. Here are some thoughts on some factors that seem likely to drive girls and women away from jazz education, performance, and consumption. Some of these probably effect many boys and men in the same way. These are not the only factors at work, but these one are easily fixed. I also explain […]

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University auditions success

At the end of last year seven of our students auditioned for various university music courses. Most applied for jazz performance, but some were interested in contemporary and improvised music. And they all got in to top courses. Most of them had offers from multiple universities. The universities they accepted offers from included: Sydney Conservatorium […]

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Matt Baker to teach at Summer Jazz Camp

We are excited to announce that New York Australian expat and acclaimed jazz piano virtuoso and vocalist Matt Baker will be teaching at Summer Jazz Camp 2018. No stranger to Jazz Camp, Matt Baker was a popular regular on the teaching faculty before moving to live in New York. He has since enjoyed a stellar […]

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Why you need more than just big band

From time to time we meet young musicians who are about to finish high school and aspire to study at one of the reputable tertiary jazz schools but are taken aback and disappointed when they don’t get past the audition. Why not? After all, they were one of the best musicians at their school, even […]

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