Julian's jazz academy

The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, under the artistic direction of composer and pianist Julian Joseph, will be auditioning at Ronnie Scott's in early January

The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy (JJJA) will be auditioning young jazz musicians from across London at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club on 10 January 2016. The JJJA is seeking instrumentalists and singers who want to develop their skills and study and perform alongside some of the top musicians on the UK jazz scene.

The JJJA is a weekly academy under the artistic direction of jazz pianist and composer Julian Joseph (pictured right). Supported by the Hackney-based HMDT Music charity, the JJJA is one element of the HMDT Saturday Programme and offers talented young instrumentalists and vocalists aged 12-25 the opportunity to work with some of the world’s top jazz musicians. Students will develop their creative talents and performance skills through exploring the distinct American roots of jazz, its great works and musicians, and jazz’s relationship to other disciplines.

The JJJA differs from other jazz education programmes in its emphasis on the development of ensembles and its focus on core repertoire, artists and genres as starting points for exploration and musical discovery. Students study the art of improvisation and the core principles of jazz and are encouraged to find the voice of jazz alongside developing their own individual styles. Students have the opportunity to work with a range of world-class jazz musicians in master classes. Previous guest artists have included Jean Toussaint, Eska, Branford Marsalis, Peter King, Cleveland Watkiss and Tammy Weis.

Workshops and studies in the core jazz curriculum culminate in opportunities to work with JJJA artists at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Ronnie Scott’s. In November 2015, JJJA students performed for the second time at the London Jazz Festival.

Prospective students who wish to audition should fill in an application form, which is available from the HMDT Music website. The website also contains information about all elements of the Saturday programme, including fees and the audition process.

Text by Bruce Lindsay, photo by Andreas Neumann

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