We host workshops and masterclasses for students and performers with varying levels of musicianship. We hire acclaimed musicians to deliver high-quality sessions for small to large groups. Prior workshop hosts have included: Laura Jurd and Elliot Galvin from Dinosaur, Dominic Ashworth and Karen Sharp.
TALKS AND LECTURES
We frequently hold talks and lectures within our 'Media Centre'. We present everything from personal recounts of jazz history to inviting guest speakers to describe (or even launch) their upcoming projects.
Prior guest speakers include:
Bob Sinfield introduced his new book 'Gentleman of Jazz'; The life of George Chisholm.
Mike Pointon presented a retrospective of jazz in the movies and on television over 50 years
Peter Vacher gave a presentation, with musical illustrations, on his book; “Swingin’ on Central Avenue: African–American Jazz in Los Angeles”.
See our events listing for upcoming talks, lectures, workshops and masterclasses.
OUR WORK WITH SCHOOLS
We collaborate with local schools, including Westcliff High School and Southend High School, to host GCSE focused workshops to aid with the school curriculum.
We feel it is important to support the education of jazz music and increase educational opportunities for students.
Our workshop 'An analysis of Esperanza Spalding's rendition of Samba El Preludio' took place in 2018 and was organised on a Heritage Fund Grant. A free admission event presented by professional musicians/educators Robin Porter and Greg Sanders. The students were welcomed to bring instruments and get involved with practical demonstrations of the music.
It is our aim to create more opportunities and workshops for students in the future. Your support can help us do this and keep these events admission free.
Past event: Esperanza Spalding