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Gloucestershire Jazz Live

Helping everyone in Gloucestershire - children and adults - to learn, share and enjoy music-making...

Jazz Live

WEDNESDAYS  6pm  -  9pm

Bournside School, Warden Hill Road, Cheltenham GL51 3EF

[For directions and rehearsal locations please click on this link]

Information about our 2016-2017 academic year will be updated over the summer!

Gloucestershire Jazz Live is a jazz centre that hosts county youth and adult jazz groups for local musicians of any jazz experience. We have four bands who typically have 30 rehearsals over each academic year.

  • Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Academy (GYJA)  - Training youth jazz ensemble (Grade 4+)

  • Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra (GYJO) - Advanced youth jazz ensemble (c. Grade 6+)
  • Jazz2go - Training adult jazz ensemble (Grade 4+)
  • Colwell Arts Jazz Ensemble (CAJE) - Advanced adult jazz ensemble (requires experience of jazz playing)
Young and adult musicians are encouraged and learn how to improve their ensemble playing and improvisational skills in regular rehearsing, practising and performing with musicians of similar ability as well as developing their own individual playing.

Band rehearsal times:

6.00pm - 7.30pm  GYJA
7.00pm - 9.00pm  GYJO  / Jazz2go / CAJE

To check where we rehearse at Bourneside school please download the directions document at the top of this page.

Entry and audition requirements:

GYJA and Jazz2Go welcome committed musicians from Grade 4 and above with no audition necessary.

CAJE will require a discussion with our GJL and CAJE Director with regards to a musician's suitability.

Entry to GYJO is by audition where we ideally look for students who have achieved grade 6 or above. Our GYJO Spring auditions for entry in February 2016 are scheduled for Wednesday 20th and 27th January. Our auditions for entry in September 2016 are scheduled for Wednesday 18th and 25th May.

Young musicians interested in auditioning for GYJO must demonstrate their organisational, rehearsal, ensemble, performance, reading, sight-reading and improvising skills. Our GYJO May 2016 audition requirements for our 2016-2017 season are available for download here.

All GJL musicians
We expect all of our members to be proactive in demonstrating good ensemble, sight-reading and improvising skills. Continual development of our members' awareness and understanding of the jazz idiom, chords and scales is also important.  Suitability for groups should firstly be based on the grade examination references above, however performing experience and independent progress are vital as well. All members of every group are expected to show a strong commitment and positive attitude alongside regular practice and development of these vital musical skills.

Instrumental or classroom teachers may recommend musicians for a specific group, however our group Directors have the final decision as to whether a musician is ready for entry into an ensemble.

Trial rehearsals for 2015 - 2016

We give the opportunity for musicians to trial out any of our bands on two designated weeks every two terms. For the year ahead we have allocated the following trial rehearsals where you can rehearse with us free of charge to see how well suited you are to the group.

* Spring 2016 trial rehearsal dates for joining in January / February:

  - Wednesday 6th January at Bournside School (Cheltenham)
  - Wednesday 13th January at Cleeve School (Cheltenham)  [for directions please contact us]

* Summer 2016 trial rehearsal dates for joining in September:

  - Wednesday 4th and 11th May at Bournside School (Cheltenham)

It is important you contact us via email prior to attending a trial rehearsal. We just need to know your name, age, contact details, instrument and experience as a practising and performing jazz musician. Students MUST email from their parent's email address though. We can suggest the most suitable group for you and after two free-of-charge rehearsals, you decide whether you wish to join the group.


Once you have gained a place in the county music group, you will be required to maintain a high percentage of attendance at rehearsals (8 out of 10) and concerts.  A place within an ensemble may be withdrawn if commitment or musical discipline is deemed unsatisfactory and not improved based on the support we provide. 

You can enquire with our Director (via email) about joining at any point throughout the year, however if a group is preparing or a concert or gig, you may be asked to wait a few weeks before joining.

For more details about our groups please contact:

Peter Martin (Director of Gloucestershire Jazz Live)
Mobile: 07730 343299

For more details about our membership / administration please contact:

Tel:         01452 330300
Opening hours:  Monday to Thursday 08.30 - 16.30 & Friday 08.30 - 16.00 (closed on bank holidays)

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