The Jazz Hang
A selection of images from past Jazz Hang sessions. Photo credit Stephen Leigh
Delivered by Tomorrow’s Warriors’ incredible Music Leaders, The Jazz Hang @ Trinity Laban 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.
The London Jazz Scene is on fire right now with artists like Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd tearing it up at festivals and on TV, and performing around the world.
Trinity Laban has teamed up with Tomorrow’s Warriors to deliver The Jazz Hang. 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. After a series of taster sessions in Autumn 2020, delivered by Tomorrow’s Warriors’ incredible Music Leaders, the Jazz Hang is now happening weekly with a core group of young musicians on board.
Open to all young musicians, leading tutors from both Tomorrow’s Warriors and Trinity Laban join forces to deliver a Jazz Hang Masterclass afternoon, where you can explore jazz and find your sound with improvisation.
You will be learning 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!
This Masterclass is open to ALL young musicians aged 11-16 who are curious about jazz and are Grade 3 or equivalent on their instrument. Applications are especially encouraged from Black and female young musicians. The Masterclass will be free to attend.
To apply to take part, please complete our online application form by no later than 24 June.
If you have any questions, please contact L&PEnquiries@trinitylaban.ac.uk
Taking place across different locations in South East London, these half-day workshops provided a practical and informal taste of jazz learning, and the opportunity to experience some great live jazz and meet other like-minded young musicians.
Amongst the highlights for 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.”
Our Jazz Hang Masterclasses are open to all young musicians curious about jazz. They are a great opportunity to learn from the very best on the scene and to skill up on your jazz harmony knowledge, ensemble playing and improvisation!
Previous Masterclass tutors have included MOBO-nominee Camilla George, in-demand session trombonist Richard Henry, award-winning saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies, and renowned pianist and educator Diân Gasper.
Past participants described the Masterclass as:
“It’s 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!”
“It’s an amazing atmosphere and it’s super fun”
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.Find out More
“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.Find out more