National Youth Jazz Collective in Bristol

The National Youth Jazz Collective (NYJC) is holding a series of six one-day jazz workshops for young musicians aged 8-18 at BPM’s base in Southmead.

Young musicians will have the opportunity to train with top tutors who are all professional composers and performing jazz musicians using the NYJC teaching method, where you learn by playing.

Workshops take place, monthly on a Sunday, each ending with an informal concert: a short set performed by the NYJC tutors followed by young musicians playing the music learnt that day.  Usually parents/guardians come to these when they come back to pick up their kids.  They put you on the spot in a very supportive setting that everyone enjoys!

Participants can expect to learn how to:

  • Recognise the chords and structures in music you enjoy
  • Play melodies and improvise solos by ear (no dots involved!)
  • Recognise and play new grooves, hooks and riffs
  • Discover the most popular rhythms used in jazz, funk, pop & rock bands
  • Know how to play your instrument so that it sounds best with others
  • Enjoy writing and playing new musical ideas
  • Build confidence and perform as an improvising musician

Cost is £180 for the 6 day course (a bursary scheme is available)

Dates of the sessions are

15th October 2017

26th November 2017

28th January 2018

18th March 2018

22nd May 2018

27th May 2018

For more information and enrollment go the NYJC here

The closing date for applications to NYJC in Bristol was 9th October.

However they still have vacancies for 1 bass player and 3 frontline instrumentalists (eg brass, wind, strings, singers) and will leave the application form open for a reserve list should any other players not take up their places.