Jazz Services has received the following press release about exciting developments at the Brighton Jazz School:
Brighton Jazz School makes history
A local music school dedicated to teaching jazz is making history with its new podcast. Brighton Jazz School was founded by pianist Wayne McConnell in January 2010. He set up the school to help musicians adopt a focused and affordable way to learn the language of this music. With rising university tuition fees and costs, it is out of the question for many to go to university to study Jazz. Brighton Jazz School aims to enhance and build the community established by live jazz in Brighton. Jazz has never been more popular in the city, with venues having live jazz 7 nights a week and 4 jam sessions. The School, which is based at The Brunswick in Hove, will take on anyone who loves jazz, any age, any level and any instrument. Teaching them how to improvise and more importantly, giving them the skills to continue to develop for the rest of their life. With charity concerts every term and a weekly Jam Session and an exclusive âBrighton Jazz School gigâ at another fantastic jazz venue: the Brighton Bluenote, there is plenty of opportunity for students to get performance experience.
When the students are not at the school, they are able to connect via the Brighton Jazz School Podcast. Brighton Jazz School is making history with its weekly podcast. The show is presented by BJS Founder Wayne McConnell and produced by Mike Guest.
Our new podcast, originally conceived for our students and local jazz music lovers, has now taken off big time enjoying hundreds of downloads every week, worldwide, in 51 countries! BJS founder, jazz pianist Wayne McConnell says âMassive worldwide subscription is something we never bargained for, itâs fantastic but we also need to get better exposure within the local community, thatâs what we are primarily here forâ.
We feature local musicians to build and help them gain more recognition by letting the public know their story and when and where they are playing. We also interview jazz musicians of international fame. Recently we have had Brighton Jazz School Patron Geoffrey Keezer and Joey Calderazzo, saxophonist Tim Garland and vibraphone player Joe Locke.
We view the podcast as something of a historical document, featuring as it does both important and up-and-coming jazz players. It also features âAlbum of the Weekâ, Passing Notes (improvisation tips) and featured tracks. The podcasts aims to connect jazz lovers locally and globally while providing the opportunity to promote local players and venues to a global audience. Finally, Brighton is getting the recognition it deserves as being an important centre for jazz in the UK.
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