Introducing girls and young women to jazz improvisation and supporting their development as confident improvising musicians.
Girl Plays Jazz Project (established in December 2017) is dedicated to the support and promotion of girls and young women as jazz improvisers. We are a not-for-profit community interest company.
Our Project has three strands. We run an introduction to jazz improvisation workshop programme – introducing girls and young women to a wide range of jazz, funk, blues and world music improvisation, and developing them as jazz musicians with the support of a six-piece professional jazz band. We organise jazz masterclasses where top level professionals from the London jazz scene come in to teach the girls. We also arrange performance and development opportunities for the girls in well-known London venues, recently including the Vortex, Ronnie Scott’s, Karamel, Poplar Union and the EFG London Jazz Festival.
We run monthly online Big Jazz Theory classes where the girls dig a little deeper into jazz theory and history.
In March 2021 we were delighted to receive a National Lottery Project Grant from the Arts Council to run our 2021 to 2023 programme – including expanding our provision outside of London.
All details of our forthcoming workshops can be found on our website www.girlplaysjazz.org.uk
“[Our daughter] enjoyed the workshop… she found it inspirational to be playing with other girls. The improvising alone helped her improve her confidence.” “[Our daughter] really really liked it.” “[Our daughter] thought [the workshop] was fantastic. [She] enjoyed her experience tremendously.” “The workshop was very inspiring for her, she is very enthusiastic about it.” “I liked having the chance to do a lot of improvisation and we all got to do solos.” “The workshop was really well run – clear teaching goals, preparation materials shared in advance and well-structured on the day.”
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