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Yamaha Jazz Experience – the finals countdown

Service); Pimlico Junior Jazz (Pimlico Academy); Blue Shift (Guildhall School of Music & Drama Junior Department) 11 & under 17: St Ignatius Jazz (St Ignatius College, Enfield); Dumfries Youth Jazz Group (Dumfries Youth Jazz); Time Team (Northampton Music & Performing Arts Service)

11 & under 19: Tomorrow’s Warriors Biggish

Band (Tomorrow’s Warriors, London); Friendly Bacteria (GSMD Junior Department, London); Chetham’s Jazz Sextet (Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester)

In March Jazz FM broadcaster Helen Mayhew joined leading jazz educator Richard Michael and Yamaha’s Bill C Martin to shortlist the nine UK ensembles to take part in the Yamaha Jazz Experience competition finals, hosted by Cheltenham Jazz Festival on 1 May 2010. For the competition jazz ensembles of up to eight musicians aged 11 to 18, from all over the UK, prepared and videoed two pieces with improvising at their heart, and competed for the three ensemble prizes of gigs at London jazz venue Ronnie Scott’s, The 606 Club and The Bull’s Head Jazz Club in south-west London, along with a total of £9,000 worth of Yamaha prizes for their school, college or community centres. The finalists for each age category were: 11 & under 15: Blue Lizard (Manchester Music

Bill Martin told us: ‘I was particularly pleased to hear entries from some of those teachers new to jazz who took part in our Jazz Experience workshops in 2009, and who have clearly moved their own skills on tremendously. We want to thank our four venue partners and all the teachers and music leaders who have clearly put in so much work with their ensembles and, even if they weren’t selected for the finals on this occasion, they may be consoled to know that Helen has noted names and I’m sure she’ll be on the lookout for emerging new jazz stars in the future!’ On 1 May the nine finalists performed at the Jazz Experience finals, hosted by Cheltenham Jazz Festival in front of a judging panel consisting of Julian Joseph, Andrea Vicari, Liane Carroll, Peter Ind and Richard Michael. By the time you read this, the three winning ensembles will have been chosen and you’ll be able to read about the event and the winners at

Yamaha and Jazz Services improve access to jazz training with ATM

Jazz Services and Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK) have joined forces with leading rock and pop music education provider and innovator, Access to Music, to offer a nationally recognised level 4 Music Educator programme, aimed at those who aspire to help coach and train musicians wishing to improve their jazz skills. The course offers a great

opportunity for musicians to gain a formal teaching qualification for work in the lifelong learning sector, which encompasses FE and adult and community learning. It will also help participants develop their teaching skills for private work, both in one-to-one and group settings. Jazz Services is providing a

small number of bursaries worth £300 for a limited number of assisted places available for professional jazz musicians. The basic course fee is £459, which covers safeguarding and CRB Checks. Early booking is advised. Full details are available from:

Introducing ‘More Music’

Yamaha More Music is a pioneering artist-in-education innovation that brings together the company’s wide-ranging and acclaimed educational programmes under one banner. Central to the More Music scheme is a pledge between Yamaha and its key artist and organisation partners to inspire more new people into music making and to play an active role in education work. More Music will become the platform for many of Yamaha’s existing education activities. It will harness the company’s international artist roster and connect this unique asset with young musicians, songwriters and composers across all genres, who are making the leap from full-time education to professional music careers. For some time Yamaha has been connecting skills – and

knowledge-hungry emerging music talent with established artists and top-level industry practitioners – including promoters, producers

and live sound engineers – acting as both a talent hothouse and a source of inspiration for young musicians. Yamaha is already working with many of the UK’s top names in the business and engaging them in music education work. These include: Jamie Cullum, Chris Martin, Steve Gadd, Paolo Nutini, Julian Joseph, Jools Holland and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Yamaha’s acclaimed conservatoire and specialist music school scholarship programme will also be covered by the scheme. Yamaha’s education liaison manager, Bill Martin, comments: ‘Yamaha More Music brings together and showcases the scope, value and reach of our educational work. It is a substantial programme that will extend and expand our commitment to assist and support up-coming new talents and music teachers. Connecting everything together will ensure that we achieve extra impact and increase the overall value of our commitment to more musicians and educators alike.’ More Music is already participating in many educational initiatives with leading venues, organisations and festivals, including the Federation of Music Services, Jazz Services, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, London’s 606 Jazz Club, The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts and MusicQuest. It is also currently pioneering a national music-making scheme in association with Childline and the NSPCC, which offers anybody the chance to receive a music lesson free of charge with a suggested voluntary donation to the charity. Plans are also underway to connect More Music to Childline to raise awareness of the Childline service.

To find out more about Yamaha More Music, please visit

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