Jazz Voices Choir – The jazz choir at Northlight (the new name for Inkwell) 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3DD will start again in the new year- it will be a weekly choir running weekly on Monday evenings 7.30-9pm
Join the choir by contacting Tessa Smith on [email protected]
Schools Jazz Programme 2022/3 In reponse to the tragic lack of music education in some of our schools, Jazz Leeds has embarked on a programme to assist secondary schools in Leeds in running jazz education using it’s own project funds to kick start the process. Following discussions with Leeds Conservatoire and Leeds Artforms (the music hub) we decided to go ahead with a pilot project with Roundhay school. The school was chosen because it was the nearest secondary school to the JazzLeeds main base at Seven Arts Leeds, and it was a school that has maintained a culture of music making. Jazz Leeds approached experienced musician and educator Dave Evans to lead the project. Dave held an initial meeting in July 2022 with Rachel Tustain (leader of music and performing arts Roundhay School). The programme included
Out of the pupil premium cohort of 60 young people – 16 of them are now having regular lessons. This is a direct result of the project
Dave Evans delivered an initial taster session to around 18 young people from across years 10 – 13. All of the students involved were instrumentalists/vocalist but very few of them had ever played Jazz or improvised music.
Dave then led a weekly ensemble session 3pm – 4.30pm every Monday during Autumn 2022 and Spring/Summer 2023 including a Jazz band performance at Seven Arts as part of the Jazz Leeds programme on 4 Dec 2022, a support band performance at Leeds Conservatoire with the Generation Jazz orchestra on Mar 23, a performance at RefuJazz Heart on 18 March and an appearance at Leeds Jazz Festival tent in Cookridge Street on 29 May 2023.
“We were delighted to be joined by the Roundhay School jazz band at Leeds Conservatoire. They treated us to an exhilarating performance with a wide range of songs including jazz pop and a beautiful original song” Karen Gourlay
Given the success of the model in the pilot we now wish to use the opportunity to extend the approach to two other Leeds schools – Leeds City Academy in Woodhouse and Moor Allerton Primary School in North Leeds. Funding for this has been obtained from the Mohn Westlake charity.
Our Jazz Choir with Tessa Smith returns to “Northlight” (the new name for Inkwell) on 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3LW. Come and join us! Contact Tessa Smith on Tessa Smith [email protected]
JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL WORKSHOPS
Workshops will start again fortnightly at “Northlight” (the new name for Inkwell on 31 Potternewton Lane LS73LW) on Sunday mornings, 10:30am-12:30pm – Cost per session: £10/8. All instruments and standards welcome. There is a piano available and a drum kit, otherwise please bring your instruments. To join – contact tutor Dominic Moore.
e: Dominic Moore – [email protected]
We acknowledge the support and help from Leeds City Council, Leeds Inspired, Arts at Leeds, Jazz North, Seven Arts and Northlight.