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Blow your horn with jazz legends

The ultimate music boot camp will give students and teachers a unique opportunity to jam with jazz greats.

James Morrison, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock and Antonio Hart

All that jazz... James Morrison, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock and Antonio Hart (clockwise from top left).

Not too many students can boast they have jammed with legendary jazz musician and composer Herbie Hancock – but this April school holidays public school students will have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

As part of the 2019 International Jazz Day education program, the Department of Education Arts Unit is coordinating a series of free workshops with the world’s best jazz musicians.

Included in the masterclass line-up alongside Hancock is Australian virtuoso trumpeter James Morrison, three-time Grammy award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, world-renowned saxophonist Antonio Hart and Matthew Doyle, a descendant of the Muruwari people of northern NSW, who is also one of Australia’s foremost didgeridoo practitioners.

The International Jazz Day education program will include a day-long series of workshops and masterclasses at Sydney Opera House on Friday, April 26, culminating in a jam session led by the Herbie Hancock Institute Fellows.

Arts Unit leader John Benson said the program was an incredible opportunity for public school students to work with musicians considered to be the best in their field globally.

“We have been working with James Morrison to engage students and teachers with International Jazz Day since the announcement that the Global Concert would be held in Australia in 2019,” Mr Benson said.

“We are ecstatic that we’ve been able to combine forces with James, the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Sydney Opera House to present these workshops – certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity!”

Included in the workshops is a performance by the Sydney Conservatorium’s Sound Circle Ensemble, which uses Aboriginal languages from the Sydney region as the starting source for its jazz improvisation.

A masterclass on April 26 with Hancock and Morrison, co-artistic directors of International Jazz Day 2019, will be broadcast live on the Sydney Opera House YouTube and Facebook channels to an expected global audience.

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