The Girl Plays Jazz Project is dedicated to the support and promotion of girls and young women in jazz. We offer weekend and summer courses to to introduce girls to jazz, blues, funk and pop improvisation, and to develop them as jazz musicians. Please check out our home page for details of our up and coming courses!
We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded funding from the Arts Council – this will enable us to continue to run our high quality workshops, masterclasses and development opportunities for girls aged 8 to 18 throughout 2021 to 2023.
Girl Plays Jazz Project are delighted to be launching our latest online workshop series, digging a bit deeper into jazz history, theory, jazz greats and listening. All workshops will be conducted on Zoom.
In our first workshop on Saturday 16th January we will be looking at the art form of the Blues.
Other forthcoming topics include:
Understanding common jazz progressions
Early Jazz history – the origins of jazz and the swing era
Women in Jazz – charting the trail blazers
Introducing bebop and hard bop
Post Bop – ECM, fusion, free jazz and beyond…
The development of jazz drumming and drumming legends
Meet the rhythm section – the development of the jazz rhythm section
Meet the frontline – the development of the jazz frontline
We are delighted to announce our first Masterclass with the brilliant Sara McGuiness on 1 December 2018 at the New Unity Hall, Upper Street. We are very lucky to have Sara run an Afro Cuban masterclass for the girls. This is a brilliant opportunity for the girls to learn from a top level professional.
Sara McGuinness combines a career as a musician and educator. She is an established figure on the UK Latin Music scene, winning the 2018 UK Lukas Award ‘Musician of the Year’. Her band, Grupo Lokito, the subject of her practice based research into the dynamic relationship between Cuban and Congolese music, won the UK Lukas Award ‘Tropical Act of the Year’ in 2017. She also leads Cuban band Sarabanda and a community based Cuban Big Band Orquesta Estelar. Sara teaches an annual Cuban Music Course in Havana, Cuba and a Cuban Music Summer School in London. Sara teaches Performance and Recording at the London College of Music and the School of Oriental and African Studies.
We are so pleased to share our introductory playlist for girls starting to play jazz. Listening to the greats is an essential part of developing as a jazz musician, and we have compiled an accessible playlist of top players. Enjoy!