“Big Band In A Day” is a free monthly workshop where aspiring young musicians learn, in just one day, some of the core skills of big band performance and jazz improvisation. The day workshop usually ends with a live performance on stage at the club to a live audience. The workshop started in January 2012 and has welcomed more than 1200 school kids from London and all around the country. For more information and how to apply: www.bigbandinaday.co.uk
“Big Choir In A Day”: In April 2016, over the course of two days, we turned a group of 25 children that never met before into a choir. During the workshop, they developed their singing skills by learning basic jazz vocals techniques such improvisation or harmonies. The session ended with a live performance on Ronnie Scott’s Main Stage opening for Natalie Williams & Soul Family. The workshop was free and fully funded by the Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation.
Sistema’s Big Band In A Day in Shrewsbury with Pete Long - In August 2016, we sent Pete Long (Ronnie Scott’s Orchestra conductor & BBIAD tutor) in Shrewsbury to give a free introduction to jazz & improvisation workshop to 60 kids coming from the Sistema England charity.
The Supa-Dupa Big Band Bonanza Weekend ft. NYJO - September 2016
Over 100 young people in the Doncaster area were engaged in a weekend of jazz activities ranging from workshops in schools, drop in sessions and advanced tutorials.
“Trombones on the Slide” (TOS) - Start 2017
TOS is a 16 week pilot project, facilitated and headed up by British jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins and aims to engage with, inspire and develop a new generation of trombone players.
Full info: coming soon
Sponsorship of the NYJO Academy Jazz Ensemble (NAJE) - 2016/2017
NAJE is NYJO’s most junior training band, and for many young musicians it is their first experience of NYJO. The NAJE is also our most diverse ensemble and it helps young musicians at a particularly crucial point in their development.
Bursaries for 10 young students to attend their NYJO Academy Big Band, Jazz Ensemble or Vocal Class for free for one year. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Full info about the academy here: http://www.nyjo.org.uk/nyjo-academy