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Jazz and Swing Workshop Review

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Jazz and Swing Workshop Review

Jazz and Swing Workshop 25th January 2017

Thornbury Arts Festival arranged for Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival to provide a small band of five musicians to deliver a Jazz and Swing workshop in the Armstrong Hall.  Six local schools;  St Helen’s Primary, Olveston Primary, St Andrew’s Primary, St Mary’s Primary, Oldbury on Severn Primary and Manorbrook Primary attend.  Members of the band (singer, trumpet, drums, keyboards and double bass) demonstrated their individual instruments and then performed as a group jazz, blues and swing music from 1930s -1950s.   Lucy, the singer, was great at engaging 146 children to lead the band in playing slow/quick and soft/loud, clap along to swing rhythm, sing along and finally to dance some Charleston steps!  Lucy’s explanations were very age appropriate so the children were able to participate.  It was great for them to listen to such high quality, professional, live music and hopefully inspired some future jazz players! 

Comments in feedback from schools:

Great interaction.  It was great for them to listen to a live band.  You made it interactive so they were all involved and enjoyed it.

Exhilarating and inspiring. Very age appropriate and everything was explained clearly to the children.   

Liked the question and answer session at the end. Children learnt about instruments, jazz and swing music and dancing.  Fantastic! 

Very clear speaker who got children engaged.  Mixing cake analogy enabled KS2 to understand structure.  Engaging, enjoyable and educational. 

A child friendly new experience that school can’t always provide for the pupils.    Good demos and explanation.  Longer session as children would have loved to dance more! 

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