Essentially Ellington comes to the UK from Jazz at the Lincoln Centre, New York
Barbican / Guildhall Creative Learning are delighted to invite young UK jazz orchestras and big bands to work with musicians from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and leading UK jazz musicians towards a performance in the Barbican Hall.
The Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program is unique among educational resources for high school jazz bands. Each year Jazz at Lincoln Center transcribes, publishes and distributes charts by Duke Ellington and other seminal big band composers and arrangers such as Benny Carter, Mary Lou Williams, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie, along with recordings and additional educational materials to bands in the U.S., Canada and American schools abroad. Beyond providing these charts, Essentially Ellington also supports participating bands throughout the school year with a variety of initiatives including teaching guides, rehearsal videos, regular newsletters and professional feedback of student performances of the charts.
The aim of Essentially Ellington UK is to provide selected young jazz players, band leaders and conductors the opportunity to work with amazing Jazz at Lincoln Centre and UK jazz musicians, to develop their knowledge and passion for jazz music and its history, to improve their jazz playing skills and to receive professional feedback from Jazz at Lincoln Centre clinicians and other jazz professionals.
We are delighted to invite young UK jazz orchestras and big bands to work with musicians from the Jazz at Lincoln centre Orchestra and leading UK jazz musicians towards a performance in the Barbican Hall.
Barbican-Guildhall Creative Learning is excited to be working with the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra during their next residency at the Barbican to give young UK jazz orchestras and big bands the opportunity to take part in the first-ever UK representation of Essentially Ellington.
Essentially Ellington UK offers young jazz orchestras and big bands the opportunity to work with musicians from the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra and with leading UK jazz musicians, and to perform in a festival event in the Barbican Hall on Saturday 14 July.
Participating bands will receive
· free resources from Jazz at Lincoln Centre
· a half-day coaching session with a Jazz at Lincoln Centre faculty musician and UK jazz musician on Wednesday 28 / Thursday 29 / Friday 30 March 2012
· the opportunity to perform in the Barbican Hall on Saturday 14 July 2012
How you can apply. Eleven bands will be selected to participate in this project. Band leaders will need to commit their ensemble to learning two of the six Essentially Ellington 2012 titles and one other chart from a UK composer of their own choice. Bands must also be available to perform in the Essentially Ellington UK event on Saturday 14 July 2012.
Barbican – Guildhall Creative Learning
Tel: 0207 382 7199