Young Jazz Big Band

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Work with musicians from London and New York, develop your big band playing skills and perform at the Barbican Centre

If you are aged 14 to 18, play trumpet, trombone, saxophone (soprano, tenor, alto, and baritone), drums, piano, double bass or guitar and are inspired by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday and other sultans of Swing this is your opportunity to develop your talent, increase your knowledge, meet with industry leaders and create incredible music.

The autumn term will consist of six, three hour sessions where you will work with Scott Stroman and other London based musicians getting to know your band and working together to find your sound. In the spring term you will reunite for another six sessions with Scott but will also be working with members of the the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO). During the programme you will get free tickets to Barbican Jazz concerts, including London Jazz festival and our Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra concerts.

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