A message from Jazz South - June 2021
As we take a pause this summer to evaluate our first 3-year funding period, supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence scheme, we’re taking this opportunity to celebrate all that has been achieved so far.

Read the full message on our website.
Kevin Appleby
Strategic Lead, Jazz South
Platform South Commission Artists
Platform South Commissions

We have a big soft spot for the six bands who worked with us from the very beginning of Jazz South. Half-way through their Platform South journey performing for regional jazz clubs, venues and festivals, the pandemic disrupted the scheme. Instead, each of the bands was commissioned to write and home-record a new piece of music, which we featured in a podcast series, Jazz South Spotlight - With Kevin Le Gendre, produced with Bristol-based audio production company 2 Degrees West.

Taking on the challenge of remote recording approaches under lockdown conditions, every band created a wonderful and unique piece, which Kevin Le Gendre explored with the band leaders in his interviews for the podcasts.

You can listen to the full series of interviews and commissions at the link below.

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Sara Colman quote - "The programme has been brilliant for me. Jazz South gave me a back-up. I felt completely supported and I feel that will carry on."
Radar Commission artists

Radar Commissions

The open call for the Radar Commissions scheme BLEW US AWAY! There is so much, unbelievable talent based across the Jazz South region which made it very difficult to select just ten.

The Radar composers created an incredible raft of new trio pieces, instrument combinations and composition concepts. We were lucky to record at wonderful venues including St George's Bristol, De La Warr Pavilion, Upcycled Sounds and our home venue Turner Sims Southampton. Oh, not forgetting Run Logan Run's trip to St Winifred's Church, Manaton
 on Dartmoor...

The mighty Tim Hand Productions filmed, recorded and edited the series, and Arun Productions created the beautiful film for Run Logan Run.

We think that these composers and their new music should be on everyone's radar, and we invite you to continue enjoying their music and exclusive composer interviews with Kevin Le Gendre. 

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Due to unexpected circumstances (well, we are used to these now) we produced a Spotlight podcast with 2 Degrees West to profile John K Miles and his Radar Commissions piece for children, River and Ash - Play a Mighty Groove.

The piece is a reimagining of the myth of 'Orpheus in the Underworld' for 8-11 year olds, focussing on the themes of friendship and the power of music. In the podcast Kevin Le Gendre interviews John and explores his background, influences and inspirations as well as playing excerpts from his new piece.

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Olie Brice, Radar Artist, quote: "At such a challenging time for musicians it's been amazing to have a context for developing new work and an opportunity to still feel engaged and working as an artist."
Breakthrough Commission artists

Breakthrough Commissions

Four emerging jazz composers from the South, four new films, four mentors and a series of Creative Industries sessions. The composers selected for this scheme did it all, creating and filming original music during the third national lockdown, embracing new networks and learning from some extraordinary people in the industry.

Again, we are grateful to our recording venues - De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea and Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead. Jazz Stroud invited us to record at their very special venue, The Brunel Goods Shed, and we are grateful to them for bringing together a production team including film-makers Tarsier Creative, who helped bring the composers' visual ideas to life.

Each of the new Breakthrough Commission pieces are STUNNING! As mostly first commissions, we can only imagine what Asha Parkinson, Lucinda Fosker, Roella Oloro and Tim Davies will go onto next. You can find out more about them and their musical influences in their interviews with Kevin Le Gendre and Jazz Ketibuah Foley.

Watch the full series of commissions and interviews, again produced by Tim Hand Productions.

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Partnership Projects

Across the South we know that there are amazing people programming jazz in so many ways. We collaborated with three partnerships who wanted to try something new, even amidst a global pandemic.

New Generation Jazz (NGJ)
NGJ quickly adapted their usual live programme at The Verdict in Brighton to online livestream broadcasts. Jazz South supported a Cinematic Live Weekender in 2020 featuring four different bands from Brighton filmed at the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham. You can check out the videos and follow NGJ's ongoing series of Cinematic Sessions and Jazz Futures, featuring a selection of the brightest young UK jazz artists via their YouTube Channel.

De La Warr Pavilion, Eggtooth CIC and #1066 Music City
Offstage was a newly commissioned series of online workshops, discussions, Q&As and jazz performances aimed at young people aged 16 – 25 in East Sussex, offering an insight into different career roles in the music industry. Culminating in two evening performances of Resonate music and spoken word event, Jazz South offered advice and insights into engaging jazz artists and particularly drawing on local talent. Look out for more performances at De La Warr Pavilion and follow Eggtooth's Resonate activity on their Instagram page.

Lighthouse, Poole, Soundstorm Music Education Agency and Soundcellar jazz club
Three organisations passionate about supporting jazz for their local communities and young people created The Jazz Bounceback mini festival featuring two days of workshops and livestream gigs, featuring Soweto Kinch, We Are Leif, Camila Meza and more. Culminating in live workshops in local colleges thanks to the easing of lockdown restrictions, young people in the area can look forward to more jazz & improvisation activities being developed for the new academic year.

Eddie Myer - "We have built a production team. We have upped our game in terms of staging. It has helped the whole team develop their practice".
Ed Frith - "What I find exciting about Jazz South is that it is bringing a whole new audience. It doesn't seem to have any boundaries which is really exciting as a programmer."
Dan Somogyi - "The Festival has brought the promoters together in an instructive way. We learnt about how sophisticated live streams can be."
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Sector support sessions

In the challenging 15 months that we've just had, musicians and promoters took part in online network and connect events, touching base remotely. We also worked with partners to deliver different training and development opportunities, including an Action Learning Set, fundraising and business plan training with Jazz Promotion Network and The Hub.

Three very special Creative Industry Q&A conversations with Dave Stapleton, founder and CEO of Edition Records, were held for musicians. Here are what some of the musicians said about these sessions.

Quotes about Dave Stapleton's online sessions

Online resources and recordings

We organised a range of online support sessions for musicians, promoters, producers and organisations, and we recorded the sessions with PRS Foundation, Help Musicians and Arts Council England, which are all available to watch on our website.

Head to our website to view all the resources, online session recordings and other useful links to sector support services.


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Spotify Playlists

We created five playlists profiling 113 artists from the Jazz South region. Packed full of amazing tracks from the brilliant talent in the region - do take a listen via the link below.

Spotify Playlists

Interviews and features

Over the past three years, we've had the pleasure of interviewing and profiling the work of many artists and promoters across the Jazz South region through our 'Catching Up With...', 'Stay At Home Soundtrack', 'Four Questions With...' and other features.

Read our interviews & features
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