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.…

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NITIN SAWHNEY ANNOUNCED AS NEW PATRON!

We are absolutely delighted to announce Nitin Sawhney as our next patron. Nitin is one of the most distinctive and versatile musical voices around today. Firmly established as a world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer and cultural pioneer, Sawhney has become a latter-day Renaissance man in the worlds of music, film, videogames, dance and…

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EXPLORING THE AGE-OLD QUESTION: HOW TO BE FULFILLED CREATIVELY AND STILL MAKE MONEY

  Mike Ausden, co-founder of live music booking agency Function Central, shares his journey to becoming a professional musician, and insights on how to lead the creative life you want whilst still earning a living. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do I’m a guitarist and jazz trumpet player who was taught…

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THE MOBO AWARDS AND JAZZ

Last night was the MOBO awards (Music of Black Origin). The talented and soulful Zara McFarlane won for best jazz act, a vocalist signed to Gilles Peterson’s label Brownswood Recordings. Prior to joining Brownswood she had worked with Abram on numerous occasions; he had mentored her and they had played together many times. Her band…

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