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Delivered by Tomorrow’s Warriors’ incredible Music Leaders, supported by Trinity Laban jazz tutors and students, The Jazz Hang is a series of regular sessions of informal and practical jazz learning.

Aimed at 11-16 year old musicians from a variety of diverse backgrounds who are interested in learning more about Jazz. Young Black and female musicians are particularly welcomed.

A new group of young musicians has been recruited to take part in the FREE weekly programme from September 2023 – May 2024. These sessions are mainly based at new partner Lewisham Music’s base in Bellingham, SE6, and occasionally at Trinity Laban’s music faculty in Greenwich, SE10.

If you are interested in joining the 2024-25 weekly Jazz Hang programme, and for advance news of all upcoming events, please contact jazzhangTW@trinitylaban.ac.uk

Coming up soon:

Sunday 11 February, 12.30-5:30pm, King Charles Court, Greenwich, SE10

Open to all young musicians and all instruments, take part in a FREE afternoon of practical workshops led by leading jazz educators from both Tomorrow’s Warriors and Trinity Laban.  The day will also include a gig from the Trinity Laban Big Band, and will end in a jam session for everyone involved.

History of project:

The London Jazz Scene is on fire right now with artists like Mercury Prize-winners Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd tearing it up at festivals and on TV, and performing around the world. Trinity Laban has been working with Tomorrow’s Warriors to deliver The Jazz Hang, which began in Autumn 2020.  Since 2023 – and with the support of London Music Fund – Lewisham Music are new project partners. The Jazz Hang is aimed at young musicians aged 11-16 who are at an early stage in their engagement with Jazz and want to learn more about it, but don’t know where to start.

 

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Our Jazz Hang tutor leading a session with a group of young musicians

The Jazz Hang Masterclass

Coming up in 2023/24: Masterclass sessions on Sunday 22 October, 10 December, 11 February and 24 March.

 

A regular feature of The Jazz Hang has been Masterclass sessions, in which Tomorrow’s Warriors and Trinity Laban have joined forces to deliver an afternoon packed with a range of varied and practical workshops. All interested 11 – 16 year olds can apply to take part in these Masterclass sessions, as well as the young musicians on the weekly programme.

 

You will learn from the very best on the scene, with leading jazz educators from both Tomorrow’s Warriors and Trinity Laban. Skill up on your jazz harmony knowledge, ensemble playing and improvisation!

Past Masterclass tutors have included Sultan Stevenson, Camilla George, Richard Henry, Shirley Tetteh, Josephine Davies, Andrea Vicary and Dian Gasper.

A previous Masterclass participant described the day as “great fun! You’ll come across some things you would never have come across before in your life. Just trust me and go do it!”

Two young guitarists having a conversation

Taster Sessions

These occasional half-day workshops provide a practical and informal taste of jazz learning, and the opportunity to experience some great live jazz and meet other like-minded young musicians. Following the taster sessions, you will have the opportunity to apply for the weekly Jazz Hang programme.

Amongst the highlights for past participants were:

“I loved playing the music and learning lots more about Jazz.”

“I liked being able to play my instrument with professional musicians as well as others my age.”

“I loved improvising on a GRAND PIANO. And listening to Jazz which made me smile. I felt like I was in a band.”

A young musician playing the piano

Launch of The Jazz Hang

In 2020 Trinity Laban and Tomorrow’s Warriors announced they were joining forces to redress the balance in representation at grassroots level in the UK jazz scene, through reaching out to young musicians from diverse backgrounds and introducing them to jazz. The Jazz Hang was designed to nurture the next generation of musicians and continue to bring about positive change in representation in the wider music industry.

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The Jazz Hang in the News

“Jazz has always been a music of defiance, of critical thinking, of overcoming barriers. Together we continue to lay the foundations for a dynamic and diverse UK jazz scene and build a rich community of artists.”

Read Music Teacher’s interview with Janine Irons, Gary Crosby and Hans Koller about the launch of The Jazz Hang.

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