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GJL has done it again with a third consecutive annual national award.  Well done all!


Three national awards in a row for Jazz live

Gloucestershire Jazz Live (GJL), our county jazz centre for youth and adult musicians, has recently gained a third consecutive Will Michael jazz education award and diploma for their outstanding commitment and provision from 2016-17.

Why we were chosen
The report acknowledged the inclusion of improvisation workshops and useful teaching and learning resources for schools, county musicians and classroom teachers. Working with internationally renowned trumpeter, composer and arranger Guy Barker was also a very memorable experience at Cheltenham Jazz Festival for everyone involved.  2016-17 also saw GJL’s first ever online video submissions of each group to the International Jazz Day archives, where one performance was also selected as one of their highlights from around the world.

The 2016-17 academic year saw an impressive number of performance opportunities for members of all our members with highlights including the National Concert Band Festivals, Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and a trip to the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Our first collaboration with another county group, the Oxfordshire Youth Big Band (OYBB), also proved as a new and exciting opportunity for our youth musicians, which featured a world premiere double big band piece “Bayard’s Juke Joint” composed by Oxfordshire musician Nick Blake.

London Presentation
Peter Martin (our GJL Director) attended the presentation evening on Wednesday 22 November 2017 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire (London) to collect this recent award. Supported by the Musician’s Company who have been supporting and promoting excellence in music since the Middle Ages, this once again proved a key annual event to meet and share ideas with other tutors and hubs across the country and hear leading jazz ensembles. The Trinity Laban Contemporary Jazz Ensemble certainly delivered an impressive set for the evening.

Pete Martin said: We are very hopeful that 2017-18 will prove to be another very successful and enjoyable year for everyone involved at Gloucestershire Jazz Live. We kindly thank the Will Michael awards panel and Musician’s Company for this national recognition.  

MusicEd article:

MusicEd reports: http://www.musiced.org.uk/teachers/extra/lea2017/submissions.html

Musician’s Company:

Our GJL website:

Our GJL YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD9Fbe99QZw01GU6r3Qh7RQ/about

Our International Jazz Day videos:



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