Championing Women in Jazz

The themes of this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March are forging a gender equal world, celebrating women’s achievement, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. Our founder Jennie Cashman Wilson caught up with a woman who is doing just that in the jazz world, Nina Fine. Singer songwriter Nina and music…

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Future Sound 2020

Future Sound 2020: inspiring the next generation of jazz musicians.

📷 Remy Archer Our Future Sound 2020 programme began this month, a unique and award-winning collaboration that aims to help develop and inspire the next generation of young jazz musicians. Mercury-nominated band SEED Ensemble are working with young people at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney and innovative jazz venue Church of Sound. Seven members of…

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Rolling into December with top jazz drummer Will Cleasby

Will Cleasby is a super talented drummer who hails from Lincolnshire, studied jazz performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and is now based in South East London. He’s part of a number of awesome projects including Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Judi Jackson and Mark Kavuma’s The Banger Factory and has played many of London’s top jazz…

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‘Community is key’: meet Cherise Adams-Burnett

Photo credit: Joe Hart photography We’re super excited to announce that award-winning singer-songwriter Cherise Adams-Burnett will be playing our Autumn gig at White City House, yay! A graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Cherise is Jazz FM’s Vocalist of the Year 2019, plays live with afrobeat-jazz band Nubyian Twist and has performed at events including the…

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How to build cultural capital

Image: Students from Nightingale Primary School on the stage at Hackney Empire with technical manager Othman Read Have you heard the term ‘cultural capital,’ something which schools will be expected to develop in their pupils from September? It means how the education, knowledge, language, habits and references that you acquire in childhood and develop over…

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In conversation with: Reuben James

Critically-acclaimed jazz musician and AWF patron Reuben James was just 17 when he was asked to join Abram’s band, offering him a chance to raise his profile and develop his skills as a pianist. In 2013 Reuben was approached to play with a then up-and-coming singer called Sam Smith. He’s subsequently toured the world with…

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“A moment to shine”: our latest schools multi-arts programme video

As the end of the school year draws near, we’re super proud to unveil our latest multi-arts schools workshop programme video! This year we’ve loved working with four new primary and secondary schools: Nightingale Primary and Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney, London and Nelson Primary and Four Dwellings Academy in Birmingham. One of the big…

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Future Sound: the film!

Do you remember our innovative Future Sound project last Autumn? Talented Afrobeat jazz band KOKOROKO came together with promising young musicians at Mossbourne Community Academy in a series of exciting school workshops. The collaboration culminated in a performance at award-winning jazz venue Church of Sound, showcasing the band’s music and new compositions in front of…

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