Tag Archives: jazz

Musicians and mental health – four ways to look after your wellbeing

Musicians and mental health – four ways to look after your wellbeing

BlogMay 04 2021Comments Off on Musicians and mental health – four ways to look after your wellbeing

It’s no secret that the music industry is a pressured environment for artists and that many musicians struggle with the challenges of looking after their mental wellbeing.  Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week (10th-16th May) we look at how the pandemic has exacerbated the strain on musicians and suggest some positive steps that we have ...

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How to write and express yourself through music – new Future Sound videos out now!

How to write and express yourself through music – new Future Sound videos out now!

BlogDec 01 2020Comments Off on How to write and express yourself through music – new Future Sound videos out now!

Ever wondered how musicians write their lyrics or songs? Or how they became artists? Well, our new video series could help you answer some of those questions. Future Sound Digital is all about expressing yourself through music and is available now, for free, on our YouTube channel.  Please watch and subscribe! There are 13 new short videos ...

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Future Sound: the film!

Future Sound: the film!

BlogJun 25 2019Comments Off on 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 ...

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New jazz music: introducing Deschanel Gordon on keys

New jazz music: introducing Deschanel Gordon on keys

BlogApr 16 2019Comments Off on New jazz music: introducing Deschanel Gordon on keys

We can’t quite believe we’re at the end of our season of Late Night Jazz showcases at h Club London, showcasing the rising stars of the London music scene. But we’re super excited to be welcoming uber talented jazz pianist Deschanel Gordon for our latest gig. A member of SEED Ensemble and a regular with Mark Kavuma’s ...

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Richie Seivwright on sounds, influences & KOKOROKO’s new EP

Richie Seivwright on sounds, influences & KOKOROKO’s new EP

BlogMar 20 2019Comments Off on Richie Seivwright on sounds, influences & KOKOROKO’s new EP

Richie Seivwright is an awesome trombone player, vocalist and composer who features as our next Late Night Jazz showcase artist at h Club London on 27th March. With KOKOROKO Richie helped lead our recent Future Sound project and the band has just released its debut EP. I caught up with her in exciting times! Jennie: You’ve said that your ...

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‘The voice is the first instrument’ – Shereece Storrod

‘The voice is the first instrument’ – Shereece Storrod

BlogMar 06 2019Comments Off on ‘The voice is the first instrument’ – Shereece Storrod

Talented vocalist Shereece Storrod is a member of Europe’s finest female a cappella quintet Black Voices. Plus she’s one of our newest Achieve Your Greatness schools workshop leaders, inspiring young people through jazz and blues. We found out more about Shereece’s musical influences and dreams… Jennie: Did you grow up ...

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‘The future is bright!’ KOKOROKO’s Yohan Kebede is on a musical journey

‘The future is bright!’ KOKOROKO’s Yohan Kebede is on a musical journey

BlogFeb 18 2019Comments Off on ‘The future is bright!’ KOKOROKO’s Yohan Kebede is on a musical journey

📷: Edwin Louis Our super exciting Late Night Jazz series kicks off for 2019 next week, showcasing some of London’s most talented rising stars at the exclusive Hospital Club London. Ahead of his first ever solo gig, I caught up with KOKOROKO pianist, Yohan Kebede. Jennie: You recently graduated from the London College of Contemporary ...

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‘The musical heritage here feels very strong’: meet David Austin Grey

‘The musical heritage here feels very strong’: meet David Austin Grey

BlogFeb 06 2019Comments Off on ‘The musical heritage here feels very strong’: meet David Austin Grey

As our latest Achieve Your Greatness programme gets moving with two new primary schools in Birmingham this month, I stole a few moments with our newest workshop leader pianist and composer David Austin Grey … Jennie: This is your first AYG workshop, though you’ve worked extensively in education in the past. What are you expecting, ...

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‘There is power in knowledge’: meet Sheila Maurice-Grey

‘There is power in knowledge’: meet Sheila Maurice-Grey

BlogJan 22 2019Comments Off on ‘There is power in knowledge’: meet Sheila Maurice-Grey

Hot off the back of celebrations for ‘Abusey Junction’ winning ‘Track of the Year, 2018’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM awards last week, I caught up with KOKOROKO band leader and trumpet-player Sheila Maurice-Grey.  Sheila’s one of the super-talented musicians selected for our career development programme, plus a dedicated ...

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‘If music inspires your soul, then find out more…’ – Wei Ching Poon

‘If music inspires your soul, then find out more…’ – Wei Ching Poon

BlogJan 07 2019Comments Off on ‘If music inspires your soul, then find out more…’ – Wei Ching Poon

As we get going on our plans for 2019, I caught up with one of our awesome Abram Wilson Foundation donors whose support helps make it all happen. Wei Ching Poon shares why her university memories of Abram’s music inspired her to get involved. Jennie: You’ve been an AWF supporter for three years now, can you tell us about why you ...

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