Gloucestershire Jazz Live
Weekly Jazz Centre every Wednesday from 6pm - 9pm
Bournside School, Warden Hill Road, Cheltenham GL51 3EF
[For directions and rehearsal locations please click on this link
Gloucestershire Jazz Live is a jazz centre that hosts county youth and adult jazz groups for local musicians of any jazz experience. We have three 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+)
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. We expect all of our members to be proactive in
demonstrating good reading, sight-reading and improvising skills.
Continual development of our members' awareness and understanding of the
jazz idiom, chords and scales is also important to our sessions.
Any adult musicians interested in the Colwell Arts Jazz Ensemble (CAJE) should please visit this link. They are also a GM jazz group who rehearse at Bournside school. As a senior level Big Band they also welcome adult musicians keen to rehearse, develop their jazz playing and perform throughout the academic year.
Band rehearsal times:
6.00pm - 7.30pm
7.00pm - 9.00pm
GYJO / Jazz2go
To check where we rehearse please download the directions document at the top of this page (below the Bournside school address).
An attendance of 8 of every 10
rehearsals and a commitment to our performances is required from every member of every group. Advance
notification of absence from rehearsals and performances to your band leader is also vital. GYJA and GYJO members should contact Peter Martin and Jazz2Go members should contact Tessa Frye.
GYJA and GYJO students sitting GCSE and A-Level
exams should inform their group director their exam schedule (via their parents' email
address) once this is known and suggest solutions for any difficulties. Significant late notice of absence or lapse in attendance will have likely communication from us of how improvement in commitment is expected or of membership not continuing.
Group entry and auditions
Suitability for groups should firstly be based on
the grade examination references above, however performing experience
and independent ability are vital as well. We encourage that new visiting musicians come along
to our trial rehearsals (free of charge) as explained below, before
deciding whether to continue and become an official member.
GYJA and Jazz2Go both welcome committed musicians from Grade 4 and above with no audition necessary.
Students wishing to join GYJO should ideally be of grade 6 standard and are required to attend our two trial rehearsals, however a separate audition may be requested by our GYJO Director with criteria as available here. In the two attended rehearsals we assess each student's ability to play the music, sight-read and respond to the instructions of the Director. Improvisation will also be required as demonstration of student's skills. Our GYJO audition dates for 2016-17 are as follows:
Term 1: Wednesday 28 September 2016 (to join GYJO from September 2016 onwards)
Term 3: Wednesday 25 January and 1 February 2017 (to join GYJO from January 2017 onwards)
Term 5: Wednesday 17 and 24 May (to join GYJO from September 2017 onwards)
It is important to us that potential new members are given the opportunity to trial our bands. We delegate two specific rehearsals at key points in the academic year for trial rehearsals. These are scheduled for 2016-17 as follows:
Term 1: Wednesday 14 and 21 September 2016
Term 3: Wednesday 4 and 18 January 2017 (there is no rehearsal on 11 January)
Term 5: Wednesday 3 and 10 May 2017
It is important you contact us
via email prior to attending a trial rehearsal. We just need to know
your name, age, contact details (landline, mobile and frequently checked email address), instrument and experience as a practising and performing
jazz musician, plus including any grades you have achieved. It is also useful to know how you discovered our jazz centre. Youth members 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.
For more details about our groups please contact:
Peter Martin (Director of Gloucestershire Jazz Live)
For more details about our membership / administration please contact:
Monday to Thursday 08.30 - 16.30 & Friday 08.30 - 16.00 (closed on bank holidays)
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