After another wonderful year, our fourth, the Jazz Workshop is on holidays for the summer. Normal lessons and rehearsals resume February 6.
On Boxing day our tour band will be coming in for a final rehearsal before we set off on tour on December 27. First stop is Los Angeles and a warm up gig in the heart of Hollywood. Also on the agenda in LA are workshops with trombonist/composer Wayne Wallace, and acclaimed big band leader/saxophonist Bob Mintzer. After that we are off to Barbados, then Miami, Orlando and finally New York. There are lots of gigs along the way, almost one for every day of the trip. In New York there are two more workshops: With the great bassist Rufus Reid, and with leading trumpeter Dave Douglas, an inspirational educator. The band will also be recording a CD in New York before heading back to Sydney just in time for Jazz Camp in mid-January.
Look at our tours page to see the whole itinerary, it is pretty involved. The musicians in this group are ages 16 – 20, mostly 18-20. They come from all over NSW, the ACT and New Zealand. They have met in Sydney four times over the year for rehearsals. It is a terrific band, and we are looking forward to hearing them play over the next three weeks.
Jazz Camp starts on January 18 and will be a sell out this year. As I write this there are only six spots left. There are students coming to Jazz Camp 2012 from all states and territories of Australia except for the NT. There are also students traveling from New Zealand and Hong Kong for the camp. One of our teacher this year, guitarist Libor Smoldas, is coming all the way from the Czech Republic just for Jazz Camp! We can’t wait!
Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the past year, we really appreciate it. We look forward to another brilliant year in 2012 and will see you then. Thanks everyone, have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.