From term 3 of this year (2017) we’ll be running a new combo for school-aged beginners. At the moment the day and time are TBC – that will depend on what suits a quorum of members. All the musicians in the current ‘beginner’ groups aren’t beginners any more, so we need a new combo for inexperienced young musicians.
The combo will be for young musicians who are beginners at jazz, but not on their instruments. To do this and get the most out of it, you need to be able to play already. Even someone who has done a Grade 8 exam could still be a novice when it comes to jazz improvisation, and impro is the main focus of a jazz combo.
Playing in a jazz combo is quite a different musical experience to playing in a traditional ‘reading’ band or orchestra. It teaches a range of really useful musical skills, and brings a whole new (and empowering) way of understanding music. Some of the great benefits are:
- learn jazz improvisation & small group playing
- gain confidence
- supercharged musical skills and awareness
- teamwork and great fun!
We’ll post more details in the next couple of months, but get in touch if your child or a young musician you know is interested in being part of this.