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Under the inspirational leadership of Paula Gardiner, who was recently nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award for education, the department offers diverse performance opportunities combined with professional training relating to the contemporary jazz industry.

Performance platforms include the hugely popular student-led Jazz Time sessions every Friday evening, attracting a large and loyal public audience. The regular slot offers students with hands-on experience in planning and presenting live performances to a highly diverse audience from seasoned aficionados to casual music lovers.

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Following the success of Jazz Time, the College has been working in partnership with the Arts Council of Wales to take our students and leading international artists on tour to arts venues across Wales, each term. The summer term culminates in a jazz festival at the College and both the festival and tour offer students a platform to showcase their work to new audiences and gain valuable professional experience. The 2017 festival sees Tina May and Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood headline. Previous headliners include Quercus, Jean Toussaint’s Roots and Herbs, Vento Em Maderia, Get the Blessing, John Taylor and Darius Brubeck Quartet. The department also regularly performs at jazz festivals across the UK, including London Jazz.

Individual tuition is offered on bass, drums, flute, guitar, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, voice and other instruments by agreement. Group classes focus on the rehearsal of material from a variety of genres under the jazz umbrella, including standard, contemporary and world repertoire.

The aim is to equip students with skills across many styles within the jazz idiom and enable them to develop a mature understanding of jazz language, processes and repertoire whilst developing skills in composing, arranging, band leadership, self-promotion and events management.

Head of Jazz Studies
Paula Gardiner

Iain Ballamy
Alex Merritt
Geoff Simkins

Brigitte Beraha
Nia Lynn
Tina May

Gethin Liddington
Steve Waterman
Neil Yates

Mark Bassey
Gareth Roberts

Jeremy Franks
Richard Jones
Tom Ollendorff

Paul Jones
Richard Roberts
Huw Warren
Nick Weldon

Electric/Double Bass
Paula Gardiner
Dudley Phillips
Nick Weldon
Yuri Goloubev

Elliot Bennett
Martin France
James Maddren
Mark O’Connor
Joshua Blackmore

Amanda Whiting

Visiting Artist
Dave Stapleton

2017 Jazz Festival
Tina May
Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood