Friday night Jazz Time sessions have recently gained an extra dimension as a roster of leading professional jazz musicians perform alongside our emerging jazz players at the popular, student-led events.
With funding from Colwinston Trust, students have the opportunity to work with a different performer every month.
The first in the series took place last Friday with an appearance from alto saxophonist Geoff Simkins, who is also a visiting jazz tutor.
“It’s such a brilliant chance for students to perform to a live audience with seasoned players who really know their stuff,” says Paula Gardiner, RWCMD’s Head of Jazz Studies. “They get to work together before the performance, to develop their technique and experience a genuine on-stage playing experience with the best in the business – they’re not just watching it happen, they’re actually doing it. I don’t think there can be any better way to prepare for a career in jazz performance.”
The aim of the series is to give students chance to play with a variety of performers and to experience the many different styles of jazz performance first-hand, in a showcase public event. Students can look forward to performances with trumpeter Steve Waterman and vocalist Tina May across the coming months.