What is Jazz Academy? As an American student put it, "This isn't school, it's education." Established in 1989, Jazz Academy takes place at Beechwood Campus in Royal Tunbridge Wells. The venue is in a beautiful setting with extensive grounds, unlimited parking, residential accommodation with onsite catering and licensed bars.
Musical director Michael Garrick gained a Post-graduate Certificate of Education from London University, which may have something to do with it, though he himself is sceptical. "What we offer is an enthusiasm for sharing and learning with an open mind. Philosophy and ethics are NOT on the menu, but they tend to surface in the breaks! Your only qualifications need to be a real curiosity plus an ability to play or sing (in your own judgement) with reasonable facility," he says. Jazz, the music of the last and the new centuries, is the focus and for us it celebrates good-humoured human spirit, not birthdays or long faces!
Average ages: 16-75. 'Generation gaps' soon get submerged in the more important business of making music. The staff are here to illuminate and pass on our experience, skills and great love of jazz, the music that thrills us to the bone. To this end our famous jazz club (complete with grand piano, sound system, lighting, dance space, snacks and licensed bar) runs 7.30-10.30pm each evening. Time slots are freely available as are tutors to play or sing along with. ALL jazz styles are equally valid.
Value for money: Jazz Academy's
SUMMER COURSE runs for six full days in total (XMAS SWING is three days
A list of the tutors since 1989 include:
Paul Moylan, Charles Brereton, Alan Jackson, Martin Hathaway, Steve Waterman, Christian Garrick, Keith Nichols, Anita Wardell, Mike Hall, Matt Wates, Bob Hunt, Mark Nightingale, John Dankworth, John Etheridge, Scott Trotman, Mark da Silva, Jean Toussaint, Quinne Lawrence, Dominic Ashworth, Marcus Tilt, Tim Garland
Wide range of styles covered: Jazz Academy courses are designed to appeal to the widest range of jazz interests, from the earliest pre-jazz and ragtime styles to the latest avant-garde and 'cutting-edge' of today's performers.
Early registration is advised. It is recommended that you visit
the Jazz Academy web site to download
the brochure & application form:
SUMMER JAZZ & XMAS SWING:
Phone +44 (0) 1892 541464 (International)
or +44 (0) 1442 864989 (UK)
You can also e-mail:
[Enrolments are confirmed on receipt of a registration
form together with the appropriate fees.]
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for full details of this year's courses.
21st - 27th August 2005
27th - 30th December 2005
Daily Timetable: a typical day's timetable starts shortly after
9.00am and runs throughout 5 periods till 5.30pm. It includes:
The jazz syllabus from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music who can also be studied by those who may be interested.
Please note that both the Christmas and Summer courses follow more or less the same format, the main difference being the length of each course.