Jazz North expands Jazz Camp for Girls

Following the success of 2019’s Jazz Camp for Girls, Jazz North has made the camp bigger for 2020 and is taking it to more places across the north of England including Sage Gateshead and The Northern Jazz Centre in Doncaster.

Overall, six weekend workshops will take place in February and March in Gateshead, Greater Manchester, Huddersfield, Cumbria, Lancaster and Doncaster aiming to offer an unforgettable first experience for girls aged between 9 and 15 years. They will have the opportunity to flourish under the mentorship of female role models, discover improvisation and playing in a band, and to develop their confidence. Now, instead of just one day, the camp will run for a weekend, and instead of just one weekend, the camp will take place on three weekends across the north, giving more girls the opportunity to take part.

Addressing the gender imbalance in jazz, Jazz North’s initiative was inspired by the success of a similar project created by JazzDanmark and Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Jazz Camp for Girls Project Manager Helena Summerfield says the need is still there. “Our pilot Jazz Camp for Girls in 2019 was a great success and confirmed the need for such provision in the region,” says Helena. “We aim to build on this foundation now and reach even more young musicians. The project aims to give girls a really positive experience of playing in a band; the emphasis will be on finding their own voice when improvising and creating new music together. Jazz Camp for Girls will also develop supportive working relationships between the partner organisations and celebrate female role models from the world of jazz.

We have a fantastic group of inspiring tutors from across the north lined up to work with our girls. I am delighted that we have been able to extend the course from one day to a weekend, through generous funding from The Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation, Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and Golsoncott Foundation, as this will allow everyone to work in more depth and have twice the fun.”

Previous participant Alice aged 14 said last year’s jazz camp “was good because it was well organised and your parents got to come at the end to see what you’d been doing. It made you feel more confident about improvising because some girls hadn’t really improvised before. I thought it would be good to meet other girls that play the saxophone and other jazz instruments.”

The camps will be led by professional female musicians including Alice Grace, Helen Pillinger, J Frisco’s Lara Jones and Megan Roe, Jilly Jarman, Kathy Dyson, Helena Summerfield, Cat Miles, Sonia Mellor and Hannah Brady.

 Partners working together on the project are Sage Gateshead, Musica Kirklees, Doncaster Youth Jazz Association, Sheffield Music Hub, Rotherham Music Service, BlueJam Arts, Trafford Music Service, Lancashire Music Service, University of Huddersfield and Marsden Jazz Festival.

Bit of Background

  • Jazz North was awarded funding for Jazz Camp for Girls from Ronnie Scott’s Charity Foundation, Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and Golsoncott Foundation. 
  • Jazz North is the jazz development agency in the north funded by Arts Council England as a sector support organisation. Established in 2012 with a ground-breaking approach to supporting and nurturing jazz across the north, it uses the power of collective partnership working to build networks between musicians, educators, promoters and venues, to grow audiences for jazz and to inspire children and young people to make music:
  • JazzDanmark provides counseling, information and networking events and financial support for the jazz industry in Denmark:
  • Copenhagen Jazz Festival Fonden is the organizer of the two annual jazz festivals Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Vinterjazz and live jazz all year round in Copenhagen.

< BACK

We join forces with Jazzwise magazine to stream northern jazz

Jazz North Live Stream Partners

On Friday September 13 2019 our northern line showcase will be live streamed via a network of Live Stream Partners including Jazzwise direct from the outdoor stage at Lancaster Jazz Festival. This new network, with partners who share our aim to support northern and UK jazz scene, will increase the online reach and audience for the artists taking part. The live stream will last for 8 hours filmed with a multi-camera video team and hosted by J Frisco guitarist Megan Roe. This showcase will feature seven artists from the latest round of northern line: Beyond Albedo, freesetrio (now Jemma Freese), John Pope Quintet, Nishla Smith Quintet, Not Now Charlie, Rafe’s Dilemma, and SogoRock.

We are pleased to announce that the UK’s best selling jazz magazine Jazzwise will be joining this new initiative as our Live Stream Media Partner. Jazzwise Magazine Editor Mike Flynn says:

“Jazzwise is pleased to join forces with Jazz North for a packed weekend of exciting live performances that take place as part of the Jazz North’s northern Line showcase at Lancashire Jazz Festival. Reflecting the new wave of young jazz talent that’s now exploding out of the UK, see some of the stars of tomorrow playing sets across weekend on the Jazzwise Facebook page.”

Jazz North Creative Director Nigel Slee says:

“We plan to use this new digital partnership network to stream future events that support and promote the dynamic northern jazz scene. New partners are welcome”.

Live Stream Partners:

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival
DJazz
Hull Jazz Festival
Ilkley Jazz Festival
J-Night
JATP Jazz
Jazz at Davenham
Jazz Leeds
Jazz Promotion Network
Jazz South
Jazzwise
Lancaster Jazz Festival
Marsden Jazz Festival
mjf
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues


< BACK