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Drum teacher Jamie Cameron at JWA north shore studio

Farewell Jamie Cameron

We are sorry to say that Jamie Cameron has made the difficult decision to leave the JWA faculty. One of our longest-serving teachers, Jamie was our main drum teacher for over eight years mentoring countless students young and old. Now, sadly for us and his loyal students he is stopping all his ‘after hours’ teaching […]

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JWA stage band

JWA Big Band

We are excited to announce the rebirth of the JWA Big Band!  To complement the Sydney Youth Jazz Orchestra, an outstanding big band for school students, we are re-introducing a large ensemble for advanced school leavers and adults. Why? Music needn’t end just because school does Many young players get to a high level by […]

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Jazz Camp evening concerts

We’ve got an awesome line-up of evening concerts for students coming to this January’s Summer Jazz Camp. Each night a professional group plays exclusively for our campers along with some Q&A. For Jazz Camp 2019 we have Sandy Evans Trio Emma Pask band Funk Engine Jazz Camp faculty concert This camp is sold out, but […]

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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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