In 19th century New Orleans, jazz brought together diverse ethnic and racial groups, who found common cause through their love of music.

Inspired by this, World Heart Beat Music Academy’s Second Line programme will engage 100 students aged 8-24 from a range of cultural backgrounds in an exciting, accessible and free New Orleans jazz music programme to be delivered at WHB over one year, and to reach a further 900 young people through workshops in special education and mainstream schools.

This programme involves masterclasses in trombone, trumpet and percussion; ‘big band’ practice sessions leading to Second Line Parades on the streets of Wandsworth; public performances at professional venues such as the 606 Club; and rich informative sessions exploring jazz history and culture, and the impact it has on contemporary music.

Dates: Sept 2017 – July 2018

Location: Wandsworth

Age Group: 8 to 24

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We are immensely grateful to Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation for funding our Second Line jazz programme, which will make it possible for young musicians to learn the roots of jazz music as it originated in New Orleans.

Sahana Gero MBE

Artistic Director