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How much does it cost?

The Jam Sessions cost $10 each or you can pay to attend all 8 jam sessions for $70. This is to be paid to the Brisbane Jazz Club on arrival to the club.

The Performance Workshop is $250 and is due by Friday, September 4. This is to be paid to the Brisbane Jazz Club. We are in the process of setting up online payment for this, or this can be paid in person at the club.

What are the differences between the Jam Sessions and the Performance Workshop?

Jam Sessions have long been a part of the culture of jazz music and are an opportunity for performers to come together and play and share the language of jazz music. Our Jam Sessions will be a relaxed and fun fortnightly event where students will get the chance to meet new musicians, as well as the program teachers and perform together. If you have little experience with jazz but are interested, the Jam Sessions are a great way to test the water. If you are seriously considering attending our Performance Workshop in September, the Jam Sessions are a great way to introduce yourself to us and express your interest.

N.B. Please check all dates for jam sessions as there is a semester break.

The Performance Workshop is a two week program where students (up to 25) will get the chance to explore and learn about jazz in a much more in depth manner. As well as a strong emphasis on performance and active engagement with this music, students will also be taught jazz theory and history. Students will also get to learn with guest mentors and ensembles who will hold masterclasses and lessons as well as perform. The performance workshop is working towards a performance at the Brisbane Jazz Club on Saturday, October 3rd.

Do I need to perform at the Jam Sessions?

No, you do not need to perform. We encourage you to be as involved as you feel comfortable being. We will be aiming to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere without the worry of competition but we understand not everyone will be comfortable getting on stage and performing.

In regards to soloing, the teachers running the Jam Sessions will ask all participants who would like to solo before any song commences. The Jam Sessions will be a highly creative experience but we will not ask you to perform anything you aren’t comfortable with.

Do I need to know any jazz music for the Jam Sessions?

We recommend that all students who attend the Jam Sessions have some knowledge of a few jazz standards. While you don’t need to be Charlie Parker or Miles Davis, knowing some 12 bar blues melodies or other standards will mean you can perform and enjoy the Jam Sessions fully. We will be uploading some jazz standards to our Resources page on the webpage for you to learn and we encourage you to learn at least one of these with your private or high-school teacher. This means we can ask students who know these songs to get up and perform. We also strongly encourage you to track down audio examples of these songs.

Do I need to know how to solo or improvise?

No. While improvising is a large part of jazz music this skill takes a long time to feel comfortable with. We encourage everyone to have a go but if you only feel comfortable playing the melody, that’s all you’ll need to do. Songs like 12-bar blues are a great place to start learning. Programs like Band in a box, or iReal-pro and the Jamie Abersold play-alongs can provide you with a rhythm section to play along with at home. You can record yourself and listen back to your solos.

Do I need to bring my instrument?

The Jazz Club has a grand piano, drum-kit, vocal mics and P.A. If you play piano or drums or sing, you won’t have to bring an instrument or microphone. Vocalists may want to bring their own microphone, and drummers their own sticks and cymbals. If you play any other instrument you will need to bring that. Please note, the Brisbane Jazz Club or Talkin’ Jazz do not take responsibility for your instrument while attending the Jam Sessions or the Performance Workshop, that is up to you.

Will I learn how to play my instrument?

No. Neither the Jam Sessions or the Workshop are designed to teach you how to play your instrument, you need to know how to do that already. The Workshop will teach you jazz-specific performance skills and techniques though. Also, we fully expect there to be a range of experience and ability. However you do need to have a basic understanding of your instrument. 

What if I play more than one instrument?

Let us know if this is the case, and let us know what your primary or preferred instrument is.

Where is the Brisbane Jazz Club?

The Brisbane Jazz Club is at 1 Annie St. Kangaroo Point.

What is the best way to get in touch with Talkin’ Jazz?

The best way is via email at talkinjazz.bjc@gmail.com.

We also have a Facebook page but we’d prefer correspondence through our email as it is easier for us to keep track of. Search for Talkin’ Jazz 2015.

Who are the teachers and mentors involved in Talkin’ Jazz?

Information about the teachers can be found at the Teachers and Mentors tab on the website. We’ll be updating this information as we finalise our guest mentors are artists for the Workshop.