Monday, 28 September 2015

Jazz UK takes off

Jazz UK, the new organisation formed from the old Jazz Services, has a new website and a full programme of events including some based in the north. Check them out!

Community JazzLabs is a new JazzUK concept of developing community-based jazz and improvised music hubs over two years, in Northumberland, The Marches, Coventry & Warwickshire and South Cornwall, through a framework of outdoor, indoor and creative presentations in diverse spaces reflecting local people and places, working with local musicians to develop creative and professional skills, and other performing arts organisations to present jazz within dance, street theatre and carnival settings, reaching new audiences and strengthening touring infrastructure by supporting local promoters.

Dissolve JazzLab is a new initiative of JazzUK’s learning and participation programme, which aims to reach out to young people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, particularly those who are disadvantage, and bring enjoyment and well-being through the disciplines and freedoms jazz improvisation can provide. Working with Coventry Performing Arts Service and SoundStorm in Bournemouth, we shall visit improvisation using a wide range of instruments and musical traditions, including folk, Asian and western ‘jazz’, in large and small ensemble formats. The participants will showcase their new compositions at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on 28th November, as part of JazzUK’s new community-inspired #4Jazz Festivals, and in the spring at The Lighthouse, Poole, playing alongside professional musicians.

#4 Jazz Festival in Coventry - a new jazz festival held on Friday and Saturday, 27 and 28 November, at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventgry. Arun Ghosh is  delighted to be returning to The Belgrade with his Sextet to perform along with Coventry Performing Arts Service’s new Asian and world music-inspired Dissolve JazzLab project, at the very first #4Jazz Festival.

More detail:
Twitter: @JazzUK_org

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