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5 things you can do to support jazz musicians during the Coronavirus pandemic

5 things you can do to support jazz musicians during the Coronavirus pandemic

BlogMar 31 2020Comments Off on 5 things you can do to support jazz musicians during the Coronavirus pandemic

We can’t stress enough the impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on the income of musicians.  The cancellation of tours and festivals, plus closures of live venues and schools has hit hard. Last week a Musicians’ Union survey said that UK musicians had lost an estimated £13.9m in earnings so far and that 90% of respondents ...

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

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

BlogFeb 04 2020Comments Off on 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. ...

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A new jazz age: catching up with Yohan Kebede

A new jazz age: catching up with Yohan Kebede

BlogJan 07 2020Comments Off on A new jazz age: catching up with Yohan Kebede

Photo credit: Fabjola Biraci We’re roaring into the twenties with an exciting gig announcement! Pianist Yohan Kebede – who plays keys with jazz afrobeat ensemble Kokoroko – kicks off our 2020 programme with an exclusive event next month. He took a moment out for a chat. Jennie: Happy New Year!  2019 was a massive one for ...

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Double your donation & change young lives through music

Double your donation & change young lives through music

BlogDec 03 2019Comments Off on Double your donation & change young lives through music

Today, and for one week only, we are asking you to help us raise funds for an amazing project called Future Sound 2020, in our Big Give Christmas Challenge. Our first Future Sound project ran last year, won a national award and was transformational for the young people who took part, many of whom faced barriers to music and aspiration because ...

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Ife Ogunjobi: on starting out, Glastonbury and a wild 2019

Ife Ogunjobi: on starting out, Glastonbury and a wild 2019

BlogOct 01 2019Comments Off on Ife Ogunjobi: on starting out, Glastonbury and a wild 2019

Photo credit: Jezrael Smith London-raised trumpeter and composer, Ife Ogunjobi is one of the young rising stars of the London jazz scene. He has performed and recorded with a plethora of artists across genres, including Solange Knowles and Jon Cleary. Our founder Jennie Cashman Wilson caught up with Ife ahead of our White City House Jazz ...

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Our artist Career Development Programme turns 1!

Our artist Career Development Programme turns 1!

BlogAug 20 2019Comments Off on Our artist Career Development Programme turns 1!

Over the last seven years we’ve been inspired by Abram to build a cohort of up and coming artists who remain engaged with the Foundation throughout their careers. They’re paying it forward by acting as role models, mentors and educators. In 2018 we formally launched our Career Development Programme, to support some of these ...

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In conversation with: Reuben James

In conversation with: Reuben James

BlogJul 23 2019Comments Off on 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 Smith, ...

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Seven years: how far we’ve come

Seven years: how far we’ve come

BlogJun 11 2019Comments Off on Seven years: how far we’ve come

Can you believe it’s been seven years already?  As I reflected on the lows and highs of life since Abram passed away, I am gradually managing to accept that no matter how bad it gets, it always gets better, often in ways you can never imagine. With the support of a wonderful array of friends and funders, I’m unbelievably proud of what ...

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Does jazz have a glass ceiling?  Nikki Yeoh on smashing it and being brave with Courtney Pine

Does jazz have a glass ceiling? Nikki Yeoh on smashing it and being brave with Courtney Pine

BlogJul 17 2018Comments Off on Does jazz have a glass ceiling? Nikki Yeoh on smashing it and being brave with Courtney Pine

Photo credit: Nick White Birmingham is one of the many special places where Abram inspired young people with his warmth, enthusiasm and music. Back in 2012 he was working there with 350 children on a new commission for the city’s Symphony Hall to be performed as part of their first ever Generation Ladywood Showcase Event. Sadly Abram never ...

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Why Music is Magic

Why Music is Magic

BlogJul 25 2017Comments Off on Why Music is Magic

Magic. It’s a word we like to use a lot here at AWF HQ. Probably because we get to experience a disproportionate amount of it. We are magic seekers after all and like the great Roald Dahl once wrote, “…above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most ...

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