Jazz Musicians Playing in the Groove!
OPPORTUNITY: Thursday 5 December 2002 at 7.00pm at the University of
Leicester’s Richard Attenborough Centre
project that has given students from four schools in Leicestershire a rare
opportunity to learn how to use melody, harmony and rhythm to improvise and play
Jazz is reaching its climax in a public Showcase at the University of Leicester
Richard Attenborough Centre on 5 December 2002.
are very few accredited pathways for young people to enjoy structured learning
in this musical field and this project is unique in having offered a sustained
approach to Jazz education, filling this gap in the market. Very often there are
few music specialists available in schools to teach this fascinating area of the
Richard Attenborough Centre received funding from the National Foundation for
Youth Music and East Midlands Arts Board to the tune of £31,320 to run this
year-long, innovative Jazz Education Project in four Leicestershire schools.
initiative has been led by Leicester born, International Steinway Artist, Jazz
Pianist/Composer, Richard Fairhurst. An outstanding musician, he has achieved an
amazing profile at a young age. He leads his own Quartet, The
Hungry Ants, and has been commissioned to compose music in a variety of
contexts, including new music that will be performed by all the participating
musicians in the Time for Jazz
Fairhurst has appeared at many festivals including Copenhagen, Cologne, Belfast,
Wiesen (Austria), London, Glasgow, Cheltenham, Canterbury, and Senegal to name a
few. He has achieved critical acclaim for his 1996 debut CD ‘The
Hungry Ants’ (Babel BDV 9504), and won the ‘Perrier Jazz Awards’ in
February 1998. His second Album ‘Formic’
(Babel BDV 9824) was released to ecstatic reviews from all major
publications, including John Fordham of Guardian (4 Stars) and John Lewis of
Time Out. His next album ‘Myrmidons’, recorded with his band The
Hungry Ants, has been released on
the Babel label in May 2002.
can hear young jazz musicians from Guthlaxton College, John Cleveland College,
Burleigh Communty College and Leicester Grammar School perform on December 5th
at 7.00pm in the final Time for Jazz
Showcase, to be held at The Richard Attenborough Centre, University of
Leicester, Lancaster Road, Leicester.
on Time for Jazz, world famous jazz
musician John Dankworth said “The
initiatives taken by University of Leicester in the field of Jazz Education are
welcome news to British Musicians anxious to further their skills in the Jazz
pianist Nikki Yeoh added: “the opportunity for young people in Leicester to
gain access to Jazz Education at The Richard Attenborough Centre is an exciting
Richard Fairhurst said “The final
showcase will provide an opportunity for me to explain to students, teachers and
parents and Jazz enthusiasts, important principles which are essential to
understanding Jazz when it is performed”.
information about the Time for Jazz Showcase is available from the general office at The
Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2455,
facsimile 0116 252 5165, email RACentre@le.ac.uk.
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