JMI & Jazz at Lincoln Center presents Essentially Ellington Down Under Regional Festival 2016

Essentially EllingtonJMI and New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center will be bringing a new and exciting festival to Australia in August this year, offering high school jazz bands and music directors/musicians of all sorts some excellent performance and professional development opportunities.

The inaugural Essentially Ellington Down Under Regional Festival will feature a high school big band festival in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney adjudicated by 2 Jazz at Lincoln Center representatives. In addition, there will be a full-day workshop in each city for musicians, students and teachers led by the Jazz at Lincoln Center representatives.  Find out more information on our Essentially Ellington page

JMI Open Day – Saturday 9 July

JMI will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 9th July from 11am to 2pm.  This is a great opportunity to check out JMI’s facilities and experience the community atmosphere that makes JMI unique to any other higher education provider.

There’ll be jam sessions, BBQ, a video room with live jazz footage and current staff and students available to ask any question about JMI’s courses.

Register your interest in attending the Open Day by e-mailing play@jazz.qld.edu.au

International Jazz Day Street Parade

2016_Facebook_Cover_851x31512745897_10154017974468413_3307878764576170162_nCome and celebrate International Jazz Day in Brisbane with a Street Parade through Queen Street Mall beginning at 12 noon. This will be the 5th year that Brisbane has celebrated with a street parade.  All musicians and music lovers are welcome to join in the festivities.  Bring along your instrument, hand percussion, voice or dancing spirit!

As part of International Jazz Day, there will also be performances by Josh Hatcher in the Queen Street Mall main stage from 12pm – 3pm.  Plus there will be JMI student ensembles performing in South Bank from 3pm to 8pm.

International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication. Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change.