FOR SOME REASON Victoria has always been more active than other parts of Australia in trying to keep the flame of traditional jazz burning through workshops for young – and not so young – musicians to learn the skills of improvisation, playing by ear, and ensemble work in traditional jazz styles.
The Victorian Jazz Workshops, managed by Marina Pollard since 2002, are an example of such initiatives.
The Workshops, (a not for profit, registered business), offer two programs: an Under 25s Improvisation Workshop, and a Senior Workshop for everyone else!
The Under 25s Workshop for 2012 is about to begin.
A 12 weeks’ program runs from Saturday 24 March to Saturday 16 June (excluding 7 April) from 1pm to 4pm. The venue is the Victorian Jazz Archive, 15 Mountain Highway, Wantirna. Total cost: $75.00 which includes Student Membership of the Jazz Archive.
The Workshop is open to young musicians under 25 yars of age who are proficient with their instruments, able to play scales and arpeggios, and most importantly, are interested in learning to play jazz. The course is made possible through the generosity of practising jazz musicians who want to pass on to young musicians some of the skills they have acquired through many years working as professional jazz musicians.Contact Marina Pollard, Workshop Coordinator, on 9781 4972 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to make a booking.
The Workshops are supported and subsidised by the Australian Jazz Convention Trustees, the Geelong Jazz Club, the Peninsula Jazz Club, the Victorian Jazz Club, the Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club, and private donors. The Victorian Jazz Archive provides premises and other facilities including insurance.
Here’s a pic of some of the young musicians who went through the Under 25s program in 2009.