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Jazz education rhetoric and reality

by Saul Richardson, 2018. There is a popular misconception that playing jazz is exclusively about uniquely talented individuals expressing an unusual inner creativity that only a select few a born with. Popular “wisdom” also says that jazz is mysterious and cannot be taught. As Paul Berliner pointed out in his landmark study of improvisation Thinking […]

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jazz band with cello, bassoon, and French horn

Some ways that jazz education excludes girls and why this is a problem

Saul Richardson. 2018. Here are some thoughts on some factors that seem likely to drive girls and women away from jazz education, performance, and consumption. Some of these probably effect many boys and men in the same way. These are not the only factors at work, but these one are easily fixed. I also explain […]

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JWA intermediate combo young musicians aged 8 to 13 posed in a group

Combos 2018 underway

Our jazz bands are underway for the new year. The Saturday intermediate combo was first, kicking off on Saturday Feb 3, the very first day of term. Most of the members of that band went to Summer Jazz Camp, so were all fired-up and ready to play right from the start. They sounded terrific too. […]

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University auditions success

At the end of last year seven of our students auditioned for various university music courses. Most applied for jazz performance, but some were interested in contemporary and improvised music. And they all got in to top courses. Most of them had offers from multiple universities. The universities they accepted offers from included: Sydney Conservatorium […]

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JWA stage band

We put together an “all-star” big band to play for a Parramatta Rotary club function. It was at the Holiday Inn at Parramatta. Everyone in the band was a member of our combos (except for one last-minute substitute, Thanks Lee). It was a 13-piece ‘little big band’ format, playing specially arranged or adapted music. It […]

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Why you need more than just big band

From time to time we meet young musicians who are about to finish high school and aspire to study at one of the reputable tertiary jazz schools but are taken aback and disappointed when they don’t get past the audition. Why not? After all, they were one of the best musicians at their school, even […]

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How can I get more solos in jazz band?

By Saul Richardson, University of Sydney. May 2016. Learning jazz and playing jazz at school is usually great fun and rewarding. But it can also be confusing and, for some students, disheartening. At first everything is fun, and everyone participates together on equal terms, loving the joy of just making music together. Over time, however, […]

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Alumni of Jazz Workshop Australia

Here are some of our alumni. This is only the people who’ve gone on to do jazz at university or professionally, not the countless others who learnt a lot and found pleasure in playing music. Those things are very important too. Have we missed you? Let us know. Recent alumni: JWA students who successfully auditioned for […]

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