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24th March 2019

CLASSICAL AND JAZZ: School yourself in Julian’s art of jazz

    Julian Joseph photo: mike owen

    Julian Joseph photo: mike owen

    Published: 18 October, 2012

    ASPIRING teenage jazz musician? Then get yourself along to the WAC Performing Arts and Media Centre in Belsize Park on Saturday afternoon. That’s when there’ll be a “taster session” for the new Julian Joseph Jazz Academy opening in Hackney in the New Year.

    “I want to create an academy that gets to the heart of power of jazz through its roots and history,” says pianist Julian Joseph, founder and artistic director of the new academy.

    “The infectious rhythm, melody and invention inspires in an environment of co-operation and encouragement. The academy’s mission is to be true to this great music.”

    The WAC taster session on Saturday is aimed at experienced instrumentalists or vocalists aged between 12 and 19 that have a good ear and knowledge of scales.

    It will provide an opportunity to work with Julian Joseph and his band, find out more about the academy and demonstrate sufficient musicianship to be part of the new jazz experience. There’ll be a performance by the Julian Joseph Quartet.

    For Joseph, the new jazz academy has a striking resemblance to the original Weekend Arts College in Kentish Town where he studied with the late trumpeter Ian Carr in the 1980s.

    Quite a number of today’s leading jazz musicians benefited from Carr’s encouragement and inspiration, among them Courtney Pine, Christian Brewer, Milo Fell and Dorian Ford.

    Indeed, already pre-dating Joseph’s initiative, saxophonist Christian Brewer is running Sunday jazz workshops for young musicians at Map Café in Kentish Town.

    Students attending the sessions will be playing in the Christian Brewer Workshop Band at Map Café near the end of next month – and trumpeter Damon Brown will sit in with the band.

    • If you’re interested in enrolling for Saturday’s taster session for the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy you can submit an online application at


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