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Peter Bacon reports:
Jazz North is organising a Jazz Camp for Girls on Sunday 10 February 2019 with workshops at four venues across the North to give girls aged nine to 15 the chance to find out more about playing jazz under the tutelage of women players.
The 10am to 3pm workshops are taking place in Rotherham, Greater Manchester, Lancaster and Huddersfield.
Jazz North’s press release explains:
“The camps will be led by professional female musicians including creator of In the Gap! Hannah Brady, manchester jazz festival hothouse artist Helen Pillinger, J Frisco’s Lara Jones and Megan Roe, Sonia Mellor, Colette Dutot, Jilly Jarman from BlueJam Arts, Helena Summerfield and Cath Sewell.
“Addressing the gender imbalance in jazz, Jazz North’s initiative has been inspired by the success of a similar project created and led by JazzDanmark…”
Jazz Camp for Girls Project Manager Helena Summerfield explained why the timing couldn’t be better:
“In the light of recent initiatives such as Keychange and Europe Jazz Network’s Gender Balance in Jazz and Creative Music manifesto it feels like the perfect time to be launching Jazz Camp for Girls in the north.
“The project aims to give girls a really positive experience of playing in a band; the emphasis will be on finding their own voice when improvising and creating new music together. Jazz Camp for Girls will also develop supportive working relationships between the partner organisations and celebrate female role models from the world of jazz.
“The ethos is quality over quantity, process rather than product. We want the participants to leave feeling empowered – that playing jazz is for them. These bands do not need to have a standard jazz instrumental line up and girls can try a new instrument on the day using their transferable musical skills. Tutors will encourage participants to compose together and a handbook will be given out with teaching resources and interviews with female jazz musicians as well as mentoring advice collected via questionnaires.”
The project has been made possible by a £5,130 grant from the Ronnie Scott’s Charity Foundation and the partners working together on the project are Sheffield Music Hub, Rotherham Music Service, BlueJam Arts, Trafford Music Service, Lancashire Music Service, University of Huddersfield and Marsden Jazz Festival.