Term 1 2023 at JWA
Jazz Workshop Australia
by Saul Richardson
3d ago
Term 1, 2023, is about to start at Jazz Workshop Australia. I hope you had a good summer, whatever that means for you. Be that restful, busy, invigorating, joyful, happy, peaceful, or exciting, we at JWA wish you happiness, success, and prosperity for 2023 and all the years to come. We’re busy getting things ready for the new year. Whether you are a new student (welcome) or returning (thanks, you’re wonderful), now’s the time to enrol or renew for Term 1. Here’s a summary of the main things on offer for you or your child this term, plus some good reasons why you should do them. Jazz Combos – f ..read more
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Jazz Camp wrap, 2023
Jazz Workshop Australia
by Saul Richardson
2w ago
Summer Jazz Camp, 2023, has been and gone. And what a camp it was! Simply making this one happen was something of a saga. Here’s the epic tale in our Jazz Camp wrap for 2023. The Setback Midway through 2022, we got an email from our venue for the last forever years saying, essentially, “Sorry but we’re closing down and selling the land. Tomorrow. Thanks, and good luck”. Well, that wasn’t great. Anyone who’s run a largish event at one of these conference venues will know that you need to book a long way in advance to get in, often a year or two ahead. With only months to find a venue, what wer ..read more
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Interview with a robot: benefits of learning jazz & more
Jazz Workshop Australia
by Saul Richardson
1M ago
I recently interviewed a robot about the benefits of learning jazz music. Yes, a robot, a computer! I was curious as to what perspective or insight Artificial Intelligence (AI) might offer. Actually, it was quite interesting, and I tend to agree with ChatGPT. Most of what ChatGPT had to say is really covered in their first answer, about the benefits of learning to play jazz. However, there are some interesting points made later on. I started with leading questions, diven by a transparent marketing agenda. Later, though, we had a back-and-forth about the origins vs the present of jazz and the A ..read more
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Essential gear for musicians at gigs
Jazz Workshop Australia
by Saul Richardson
1M ago
The current end-of-year concert and gig season has gotten me thinking about what gear musicians should have with them at every gig. When lots of us start out, we are in primary school and someone from the ‘band committee’ organises for all the gear to be there. Or, maybe we only ever perform in places that already have everything we need. But as we get older and more advanced as musicians, or even start to move into professional work, there comes a time when we are expected to bring our own gear. This goes for every musician, regardless of their instrument: drummer? Bring your kit. Your whole ..read more
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Bushwalking and Jazz
Jazz Workshop Australia
by Saul Richardson
2M ago
This is a tale of wild places, deadly animals, perilous darkness, and high adventure. And jazz. 1. Bushwalking, and how I learned to love the wild When I first started bushwalking (hiking) I was afraid of many things. Getting lost, of course, didn’t bear thinking about. Even getting off the track or losing sight of the path was cause for anxiety. Becoming “benighted” was an horrific possibility (getting caught still out when darkness falls). Add to these worries about running out of water or food, getting too hot or too cold, having an accident, snakes, spiders, wild pigs, unexpected cliffs, f ..read more
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Little Jazzers jamming
Jazz Workshop Australia
by JWA
2M ago
Some of our youngest students, from our Little Jazzers class, sat in with one of our junior jazz combos to jam together. Little Jazzers is a group class for kids ages 3-6. They learn music fundamentals with a unique jazz flavour, preparing them for joining a jazz band when they’re older. It also gives them a strong head start for when they learn an instrument or join any kind of band. We decided it could be good for our little ones to join in with some of the older children for a quick jam. And it was great! They played the tune “Ja Da”. The Little Jazzers played the rhythm of the head ..read more
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Crows Nest Festival 2022
Jazz Workshop Australia
by JWA
3M ago
The Crows Nest Festival returns this Sunday 16 October. It is our local street festival and the JWA Sydney Youth Jazz Orchestra, our resident big band, will be performing.  The band will be playing on the stage at the corner of Willoughby Road and Holterman Street from 12:30 to 1:30. They are in fine form after a barnstorming set at the recent Manly Jazz Festival. Come and listen as well as enjoying this terrific local event, SYJO is proudly sponsored by Jazz Workshop Australia. The post Crows Nest Festival 2022 appeared first on Jazz Workshop Australia ..read more
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Combos at Lazybones
Jazz Workshop Australia
by JWA
4M ago
Two of our jazz combos will be sharing a support set for Jason Isaac’s Tuesday Night Jazz Orchestra at Lazybones Lounge this Tuesday 20 September 2023. This mini showcase will feature one of our youngest groups and one of our most advanced groups. The “Saturday 4:15” junior combo will open the set: Hartley on trumpet; Sebastian, Finn & Hamish on trombones; Ryan & Ben on keyboards; Evan on drums, and Noah on bass. They’ll be followed by the Saturday Morning advanced combo: Flynn Poppleton on trumpet, Eric Tsai & Ben Weatherall on guitars, and Thomas Hildebrandt (filling in for Mitch ..read more
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Summer Jazz Camp 2023
Jazz Workshop Australia
by JWA
4M ago
This January, dozens of keen and talented young jazz musicians will descend on Katoomba for the annual JWA Summer Jazz Camp 2023 edition. The venue will be the Stay KCC convention site in a picturesque setting at the edge of the Jamison Valley and the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. This amazing location is close by the famous Three Sisters and Scenic World. Led by inspirational musical director John Morrison and camp leader Dr Saul Richardson, with a faculty of top jazz educators, and a stunning program, this camp is not to be missed.  About Jazz Camp, Bob Montgomery ..read more
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Is JWA near Newtown?
Jazz Workshop Australia
by JWA
5M ago
Recently on Facebook we pointed out that it is usually only a 15 minute drive from Newtown, in Sydney’s inner west, to Jazz Workshop Australia in St Leonards. Is it really? Is JWA near Newtown? Some people were sceptical. One person argued that “Nowhere in Sydney is 15mins from anywhere, that city is so congested it’s hopeless”. Another said “15 mins at 4am in the morning, yes”. One poor commenter related a familiar Sydney driving experience: “It took me 45 mins to drive home from work on Thursday……… I work a little less than 11 kms from home. Rozelle to the Eastern Suburbs. It’s become a real ..read more
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