We are sad to farewell Jeremy Rose, our fantastic sax and clarinet teacher, but a bit proud too. Why proud? Well, his career as a performer, composer, record producer, and all-‘round jazz entrepreneur has just exploded over the last six months and he’s firmly established himself as one of the most important figures on the contemporary Australian jazz scene. We’re proud of course that he has been ‘one of us’ these past years. Also, way back in Jeremy Rose pre-history, he was one of my students too, an alumnus of the fabled jazz program at North Sydney Boys’ High School ‘back in the day’. So, it’s farewell and best wishes to Jeremy.
Taking over is the simply wonderful Jack Stoneham. Jack has taken on Jeremy’s sax student on top of his own. Jack is an alumnus of JWA. He played in our combos, studied sax with Peter Farrar, played in our big band, was a regular at Jazz Camps, went on one of our international big band tours, and more. After JWA Jack got into the jazz course at Sydney Conservatorium. He graduated from there with a Bachelor of Music degree and a stellar reputation as one of the next brightest stars on the jazz horizon.
Welcome back, Jack
Jack’s talent as a jazz musician are matched only by his skill and dedication as a teacher. We’re so proud to have had a hand in nurturing so fine an educator and delighted-to-bits to have him on our team. So farewell Jem, see you again, and welcome back, Jack!