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.