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Community JazzLabs is a new JazzUK concept of developing community-based jazz and improvised music hubs. The programme will see a framework of outdoor, indoor and creative presentations in diverse spaces reflecting local people and places, working with local musicians to develop creative and professional skills, and other performing arts organisations to present jazz within dance, street theatre and carnival settings, reaching new audiences and strengthening touring infrastructure by supporting local promoters.  Touring a range of jazz will also be key, which we shall be developing through 2016-2017.

Dissolve JazzLab is a new initiative of JazzUK’s learning and participation programme, which aims to reach out to young people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, particularly those who are disadvantaged, and bring enjoyment and well-being through the disciplines and freedoms jazz improvisation can provide.

Working with Coventry Performing Arts Service and SoundStorm in Bournemouth, we shall visit improvisation using a wide range of instruments and musical traditions, including folk, Asian and western ‘jazz’, in large and small ensemble formats.

The leaders for the project are drawn from the world of professional jazz and improvised music, bringing with them a wealth of practical musical and personal skills, led by senior practitioner Issie Barratt with more than 20 years’ experience of developing jazz in learning & participation contexts whilst developing a successful performing career, supported by Ambassador leaders at the beginning of their careers, including Laura Jurd and Tom Hewson.

The Coventry participants showcased their new compositions at Belgrade Theatre last November, as part of JazzUK’s new community-inspired #4Jazz Festivals, and The Lighthouse, Poole showcase will be on 13th May, when the young performers will be playing alongside professional musicians.


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JazzUK continues to see its work to support artists as a key element of the development of jazz across today’s music and wider artistic landscape, and to act now to ensure the positive and progressive future to jazz in the UK.  We seek to engage fully with the British jazz community, and continue to support gateways between emerging, mid-career and established home-grown and international talent.

Uniquely placed to identify the need of jazz artists across the Country, JazzUK is continuing to identify specific areas to support the jazz sector, and is actively pursuing the resources to meet proven demand.  We will continue to identify and publicise appropriate schemes for artists, whilst working with our partners aroung the UK to develop new opportunities for performance, participation, learning and audience development.

jazzahead! – click to view our dedicated section with the latest information for artists, agent, labels, promoters and co-exhibitors

Will Michael Jazz Education Awards 2015
Hot on the heels of the 28 November successful launch and celebratory Festival in Coventry, Jazz UK hit the ground running on 1 December at the Royal College of Music with another heart warming celebration of the achievements of jazz educators in England and Scotland in 2014/15.

Retiring Awards panel chair, Ivor Widdison, outlined the achievements of Devon, East Renfrewshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire and Southampton, who had made a joint submission (the full report can be read on the here). Those examples of outstanding commitments to jazz education were rewarded with Diplomas and in the case of Hampshire and Southampton a Diploma of Special Merit, presented by Andrew Morris, Master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

The icing on this celebratory cake was provided by the RCM Big Band under Mark Armstrong  who with the Phil DeGreg Trio paid handsome  tribute to distinguished jazz educators Eddie Harvey and Will Michael, both past members of Jazz Services’ Education Panel.

Jazz UK looks forward to continuing this valuable association with the Music Education Council’s Music Education Awards scheme.

Read all about it in JazzUK’s British Isles Jazz brochure and connect with all the partners, sponsors, artists and more . . .

JazzUK is delighted to announce that three of the British Isles best young bands have been chosen to showcase at the 2016 Europe Jazz Meeting at Jazzahead!  The bands are: Led Bib and Laura Jurd DINOSAUR and Ola Onabulé. The bands were chosen from over 500 applicants. The Europe Jazz Meeting happens on April 23rd where 40 bands from all over Europe are given the opportunity to present their music to an audience that includes promoters from all parts of Europe, Canada, Russia and the USA.

Leb Dib: Mercury-nominated [2009] British quintet led by expat American drummer Mark Holub features: bassist Liran Donin, saxophonists Chris Williams and Pete Grogan and pianist Toby McLaren. Website: www. http://www.ledbib.com. 

Laura Jurd DINOSAUR: Formed in 2010, formerly known as the Laura Jurd Quartet, DINOSAUR is:
Laura Jurd: trumpet/fx, Elliot Galvin: keyboard, Conor Chaplin: electric bass and Corrie Dick: drums. Website: http://www.laurajurd.com. 

Ola Onabulé: British born vocalist and contemporary artist, Ola Onabulé, is the last British artist to be announced for the European Jazz Meeting at Jazzahead. Nigerian raised Onabulé is said to be reminiscent of the great songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s uniting Jazz, Soul and World Music influences to form a unique yet highly identifiable style. Website: www.ola-onabule.co.uk

JazzUK will support the showcase artists through the British Isles Jazz stand at Jazzahead with a special reception in partnership with UKTI Germany and other partners on our stand. If you would like to be a part of the British Isles Jazz Stand at Jazzahead 2016, visit www.jazzuk.org.uk and click on the Jazzahead tab for all options or email Cathie@jazzuk.org.uk.

JazzUK is leading on the UK presence at jazzahead! 2016, and has already drawn together a growing consortium to capitalise on the European and international opportunities for 2017 and beyond. JazzUK has put together full information for anyone considering a presence on the British Isles stand, whether in person, or through virtual means. You can take part for as little as £50!  Join the British Isles Jazz Stand at jazzahead! 2016 and enjoy specially reduced rates and new opportunities.  Please clink on the link below for all the necessary information.

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Built on the 30 year track record of support for jazz musicians across the Country, JazzUK is the new face of Jazz Services.  During the first half of 2015, JazzUK has been developing new partnerships and strands of work to move swiftly in to top gear, and sees its launch event, #4Jazz Festival Coventry, explode across the City on 27th and 28th November this year.


You can keep abreast of our progress through the developing website, and catch us on Twitter and Facebook too!

JazzUK is a progressive organisation that unites the jazz and wider artistic communities by sharing the power of jazz music to increasingly greater and diverse audiences.

Our mission is facilitate those who play jazz to entertain those who love to listen, and to encourage the next generation to fall in love with jazz.


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