Julian Joseph to open a jazz academy

Pianist and composer Julian Joseph is to run an academy for young jazz players next year, giving aspiring musicians the chance to "get to the heart and power of jazz"

Julian JosephYoung musicians who show early aptitude and passion for jazz music are being invited to cut their teeth at the new Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, running throughout January and February 2013.

The academy will run weekly in Hackney, London for instrumentalists and vocalists aged 12 to 19, and will comprise a packed curriculum of jazz exploration, performance and master classes run by its musical director, Julian Joseph. Participants will have the chance to learn about jazz history, the principles of rhythm and improvisation, and jazz voice – and will have the opportunity to perform at venues such as Ronnie Scott's as part of the course.

Pianist Julian Joseph is a composer for big band and symphony orchestra, as well as having written his own jazz operas. He works in jazz education around the world and is also a well-known jazz presenter on BBC Radio 3. Of his Jazz Academy, he says: "I want to create an academy that gets to the heart and power of jazz through its roots and history."

Auditions are being held over the next month in the run-up to the Academy opening next January. An application form can be downloaded here and more info is available from the Hackney Music Development Trust (HMDT).

Sally Evans-Darby

Photo: Andreas Neumann

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