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3 ways to get better at playing jazz

Here are three things you can do to improve your jazz playing if you are a student. We won’t say they are “easy” because they all involve effort, but they aren’t hard to do and are simple enough to understand. Remember that improvisation in various forms is at the heart of jazz, not just playing […]

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Craig Naughton, drum teacher at JWA in St Leonards

Craig Naughton drums @ JWA

Award-winning drummer & composer Craig Naughton is now giving drum lessons at the JWA studio in St Leonards. Initially he will be available on Thursday afternoon and evening, possibly adding Saturdays later on. Craig is one of Australia’s most accomplished drummers, valued for his solid groove as well as his effortless mastery of complex forms […]

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Summer Jazz Camp 2019 electives

The elective activities for our upcoming 2019 Summer Jazz Camp will be: A break from music/games Composition Drumming for non-drummers Introduction to jazz theory Jazz Fusion Jazz singing group Latin jazz/salsa Soul jazz Synthesizers in creative music: an introduction Campers choose one of these activities as part of days two and three of the camp. […]

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Adult combo concert flyer May 22 Jazz Workshop Australia

Adult combos concert

Our over 18s-only adult combos will be playing a concert at the Jazz Workshop on Monday May 22 from 7pm. it is the end-of-course performance for the introductory Combo I, and mid-year recital for the advanced Combo II. Free entry, all welcome. The Jazz Workshop is First floor, 58 Atchison St, St Leonards.

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Latin Jazz elective

One of the elective options at Summer Jazz Camp 2017 is Latin Jazz. The description didn’t make it into the first email we sent out, so here are the details: A Latin Jazz Group. Rhythm Section and Horn players are welcome. Play some classic latin jazz songs by great leaders like Tito Puente and Poncho […]

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Just Have Fun?

Sometimes well-meaning teachers will tell you that “the most important thing is that you just have fun”. Of course you should enjoy playing jazz, but learning how to do it, and getting good at it, will sometimes involve hard work that, well, may not seem fun at the time. Famous jazz players aren’t famous because […]

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Classical clarinettist Jason Noble now teaching @ JWA!

We are excited to welcome Jason Noble to the JWA faculty. Jason is one of Australia’s foremost classical clarinet teachers and a very successful performer. He teaches all levels and has a vast knowledge of AMEB and HSC music. IN fact, he is even an AMEB examiner. Jason will be teaching clarinet and saxophone. Here […]

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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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