Originally from Lancashire but now based in Leeds, The Stretch Trio are the first young band to be given their first high-profile performances as part of the Jazz North Introduces scheme. The band features Andy French (Sax and EWI), Calvin Travers (Guitar) and Tom Higham (Drums) and they recently made their debut at the 2014 Gateshead International Jazz Festival.
In 2013, a pilot project ‘Brass Fusion’ took place with New York Brass Band (NYBB) and Spennymoor Youth Band (SYB). The project enabled young brass musicians in County Durham to work with jazz musicians in a series of workshops and rehearsals that led to an exciting joint performance at Brass 2013 (see video).
This year NYBB will be working with the Blackhall Youth Band and this will lead to a joint performance on Sunday 20th July at Castle Eden Village Hall. The project partners will be BRASS, Jazz North, New York Brass Band, Blackhall Youth Band, Castle Eden Village Hall and Northern Regional Brass Band Trust (NRBBT),
Jazz North seminar in Leeds on March 24th in Leeds explaining funding sources available for jazz musicians. The session will take place at Leeds Club on Albion Street and will run from 2pm until 5pm.
A panel of representatives from funding sources and successful artists will share experiences on criteria, successful applications, tips on applying and use of funding in jazz. This will be followed by a networking session which will allow musicians to talk one-on-one with the panel about draft funding ideas or applications.
From Monday 10 – Thursday 13 March 11 musicians attended the first Jazz North residential creative retreat for artists led by Tim Garland and Veronique Raingeval in the beautiful setting of Yewfield in the Lake District. As well as band leaders and musicians from northern line round 1, the group included two Nordic Jazz Comet artists from partner jazz development agencies Jazz Finland and Jazz Danmark.
The aims of the retreat were to:
- focus on creative development
- grow and expand their musical offer to audiences and promoters
- continue to build confidence and resilience as musicians.
Another task for the musicians was to help Jazz North design next year’s residential for the next group of artists. Photograph by Porl Medlock.
Jazz North are to host a full day event at the UpFront gallery near Penrith on March 22nd in partnership with BlueJam Arts featuring seminars, forums and an evening concert. The day will give us a chance to meet the audiences, educators and musicians in the area and see the great work they do in organisations like BlueJam and in turn, share some of our current projects with them.
Jazz North is running an education networking seminar in Leeds on Tuesday 11 March 2014 at Leeds College of Music. This seminar is recommended for anyone involved in jazz education in the North of England and who wants to know more about different models of jazz education for children and young people and learn more about Music Education Hubs and working in collective partnerships. This is also an opportunity to learn about Jazz North’s new jazz delivery model based on collective partnerships.
Who should attend: MEH leaders, MEH board members, delivery organisation leaders, jazz educators.
Jazz North education networking seminar
Tuesday 11th March 12pm – 3pm
Leeds College of Music
3 Quarry Hill Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD
Jazz North announced the names of artists who will be joining their northern line roster on stage at The Liverpool Jazz Festival today. Northern line is Jazz North’s innovative scheme for supporting touring for northern jazz musicians across the north of England.
The scheme aims to encourage new or cautious promoters to book selected northern artists by reducing the financial risk. In the first year of the scheme 39 promoters booked northern line bands resulting in 90 gigs. This included a tour of rural village halls by Newcastle based band Djangologie in partnership with Highlight productions and Way Out West. The new roster artists are available to be contacted immediately.
Theme: Pathways into jazz and improvisation for children and young people
- 12pm – 3pm
- Tuesday 11th March
- Leeds College of Music
- 3 Quarry Hill Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD
This is an opportunity to find out what Jazz North can offer Music Education Hubs and the jazz education sector and hear case studies from hubs and delivery organisations and discuss how we might work together to mutual benefit.
See the report from last year’s event at LIJEC 2013 http://www.jazznorth.org/jazz-north-session-at-lijec/
Who should attend:
MEH leaders, MEH board members, delivery organisation leaders, jazz educators.
Jazz North, Brighter Sound, One Education and The Northern School of Jazz are working in partnership to run a series of Manchester Youth Jazz collective workshops at Band on the Wall this Spring.
Activities run over two Sunday afternoons (16th Feb and 16th March) and a three day Easter course (7th-9th April). For young instrumentalist and singers aged 8-18. Learn the art of improvisation, create new music and play in groups. Led by leading Jazz educators and workshop leaders supported by established players and teachers with the support of Jazz North and One Education Music.
Jazz North Introduces is a new scheme that will provide young northern jazz artists with their first high-profile performance. This new Jazz North initiative builds on the mjf introduces scheme to showcase the very best new jazz talent from across the north. Jazz North will showcase the Introduces programme at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival on Sunday 6th April 2014.