Jazz Futures

New Generation Jazz are proud to present our latest artist development and youth mentorship programme, one of our many educational missions for 2021. After a year of the local community not being able to play together we felt this was the perfect time to launch this great initiative. Providing 3-months of free rehearsal space, audio and video recording opportunities, mentorship from top UK Jazz artists, and a unique opportunity to meet and make music with like minded young musicians.

Engaging the next generation of young players is at the heart of our mission at New Generation Jazz.2021 has presented a unique series of challenges for the entire jazz community. Both artists and audiences have suffered as a result of the restrictions of lockdown and we are working to try and rebuild the bridges between them, creating playing opportunities for rising stars to connect with fans across our South East and beyond.Creating a pathway into jazz for young aspiring players is vitally important to foster the sustainability and growth of the local scene. New Generation Jazz have partnered with a team of inspiring musical mentors and educators from across the entire region to launch the New Generation Jazz Futures programme - a fun, inclusive, comprehensive introduction to jazz, offered free of charge. 

Led by experienced trumpeter and educator Matt Ellis, the Jazz Futures programme offers a 12 week course for players between the ages of 11 and 16 to explore all aspects of playing jazz. Each week Matt will lead a two-hour session at Brighton’s famous Verdict Jazz Club offering expert hands-on tuition in an aspect of playing jazz and making music as part of a group . Six of the sessions will also feature guest mentors drawn from the best local and London-based professionals.  
The course will run throughout the Summer Term on Wednesdays after school. Full backline, drumkit and baby grand piano are provided in a COVID-safe environment. All tutors are DBS checked. 
This is a unique opportunity to learn about jazz from the professionals in a friendly, fun and supportive environment. The programme is free to any 11-16 year olds, but  places are limited! 
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Our tutors at our 2021 events included:

Binker Golding

Saxophone / Leader

Ashley Henry


EMma Rawicz
Shirley Tetteh


Jason Henson
Peter A Hill


Tristan Banks

Our New Generation Jazz Futures hosts/co-ordinators for 2021:

Jack Kendon


Claire Ellis
Eddie Myer


Matt Ellis