“This is one of the first jazz curriculums that addresses the entire fundamental range of jazz styles; from New Orleans to Bebop to Modern, it’s all there. JMI has developed a template that should be followed by schools who are serious about the study and performance of jazz music” – Wynton Marsalis, Grammy Award winner and Artist Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center
The internationally-acclaimed Jazz Music Institute (JMI) will open its doors to prospective students on Saturday 16th September. This day provides the opportunity to chat with staff and students over a BBQ lunch, participate in jam sessions, and experience what it’s like to be part of the JMI community.
JMI’s Open Day commences at 11am with a meet and greet with current JMI staff and students. This will be followed by a feature information session at 11:30am on the courses available in 2018, how the courses are structured and what is involved in the audition process. There will also be a workshop at 12:30pm led by JMI’s Head of School Dan Quigley that will explore the fundamentals of jazz performance and improvisation. The day will finish off with an open jam session and free BBQ for all to enjoy.
Bassist and CEO of JMI, Nick Quigley, appreciates that the study of jazz has appeal beyond the genre itself: “Musicians recognise that jazz musicians are some of the most versatile in the world and that by studying jazz you learn more about harmony and can apply that understanding to other genres of music. I think when musicians start wanting to write more sophisticated music, no matter whether that’s in a metal band or rock band or whether it’s pop music, they recognise that their musical idols have often studied jazz or been inspired by jazz.”
The majority of class time is spent on your instrument, with each student also receiving private one-on-one lessons each week. JMI students also receive plenty of performance opporunities both internally and in public performances. The JMI faculty are some of Australia’s finest and includes multi-award winning guitarist Ben Hauptmann and bass stalwart Brendan Clarke who are flown up from interstate to teach one-on-one lessons, ensembles and classes. Hauptmann has shared the stage with artists such as Gurrumul, Joss Stone, Bertie Blackman, and Katie Noonan, and recorded on an ARIA award winning album. Clarke won the 2001 National Jazz Award and has accompanied artists such as Chris Potter, Maria Schneider, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Farnsworth and Dale Barlow.
Being the only Australian music school with an on-campus jazz club means students can engage directly with the industry of local, interstate and international acts and are even able to play with these musicians in open jam sessions. “The jam session is the quintessential jazz experience and is fundamental in understanding jazz culture. It’s probably the most beneficial activity a student can involve themselves in outside of practice and gigs,” Quigley explains. Graduate Aaron Jansz adds “the Jam sessions gave me playing experience at a time when I wasn’t working a lot in 1st & 2nd year. This allowed me to experience real and challenging musical situations all while giving me an encouraging environment to understand how to deal with those things”. JMI LIVE runs performances and jam sessions twice weekly.
Being a family-run institution, JMI provides a tight-knit, supportive community and there’s genuine care about the development of every student. “It’s not like big universities where you’re just another student number,” says Quigley, “it’s a really caring and fostering environment where we try and facilitate as much growth in each person as possible.”
Saturday 16th September 2017
47 Brookes Street Bowen Hills
or 10 Exhibition Street Bowen Hills
11am: Meet and greet with staff and students
11:30am: Course information session
12:30pm: Jazz workshop and demonstration
1:30pm: Open jam session & BBQ
To register your interest in JMI’s Open Day, please send through your details here: