The Girl Plays Jazz Project is dedicated to the support and promotion of girls and young women in jazz.
Since December 2017 we have run a workshop programme – introducing girls and young women to jazz, funk, blues and world music improvisation, and developing them as jazz musicians.
We had a brilliant introduction to jazz workshop on 10th February and it was brilliant to have the artist Gina Southgate capturing the girls on canvas.
On Sunday 10th March we will be running a workshop in collaboration with the Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation including a performance at the club.
On 16th March 2019 we will be celebrating our first birthday with a samba workshop led by the Girl Plays Jazz Project house band drummer Cyro Zuzi – fantastic for the girls’ rhythmic development, and a lot of fun. No experience in Samba drumming is necessary.
On 11th May 2019 at St Stephen’s Canonbury, Andy Ruiz Palma and La Bouche Manouche will lead a gypsy jazz workshop – suitable for all instruments but especially good for strings and clarinets, for girls with at least 2 years experience of playing their instrument. The cost is £35, with some free places available for families with low incomes.
Our next introduction to jazz improvisation workshop will take place on in June at St Stephen’s Church, Canonbury, for girls with at least 2 years experience of playing their instrument. The cost is £35, with some free places available for families with low incomes.
In July 2019 we are planning a workshop in a recording studio – to introduce the girls to how music is recorded, and to give them the opportunity to record a jazz tune. Places are limited so please ask if you are interested.
Have a listen to what our beginners achieve during a workshop with the support of our house band:
Photos: copyright Marcus Duran