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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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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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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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