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Workshop with Will Vinson

Workshop with Will Vinson: approaches to rhythm and harmony in improvising jazz.
Thursday the 7th of July, 2022
10 Exhibition St, Bowen Hills
Workshop from 10AM to 12PM
$30 ENTRY + GST & booking fee
Head to our Humanitix to purchase limited seated tickets

JMI is proud to present a 2-hour workshop with one of the most accomplished jazz musicians in the world today, saxophonist Will Vinson, on approaches to rhythm and harmony in improvising jazz.


Originally from London, Alto Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson moved to New York City in 1999 and has remained there ever since. Since his arrival, he has performed, toured and/or recorded with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ari Hoenig, Linda May Han Oh, Chris Potter, Kurt Elling, Lage Lund, Aaron Parks, and many others.

Will has 8 albums as a sideman, soon to be 9, with the release of his first CD of solo improvisations. His most recent was four forty one, his epic ode to the heroes of the contemporary piano. His releases have variously been described as:

“impressive” and “coolly restrained” — New York Times

“marvellous” and “challenging the notion of how jazz is defined in this era.” — Down Beat, which also described Will as one of his instrument’s “most muscular practitioners.”

“exhilarating, cascading… outstanding” — Jazz Times

Will has appeared with his own group and as a sideman in over 50 countries, and his experience is not limited to Jazz, having performed with Rufus Wainwright, Sean Lennon, Beth Orton and others in the pop world.

Will’s saxophone playing is executed with incredible power and dramatic sensitivity, and is characterised by his imposing sound and technique; influenced by saxophonists from Cannonball to Chris Potter, he nevertheless brings his own unique approach to every performance. Will’s writing, and the playing of his colleagues, combines a great respect for the century-long jazz tradition with explorations into the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic realms of contemporary forms.

How do I purchase a ticket?

Tickets are being sold through Humanitix. Purchase limited seated tickets here. Due to COVID regulations, we have a maximum number of guests allowed in the venue. We highly recommend it is best to get in early before tickets sell out.

What is JMI Live?

JMI Live presents live jazz in Brisbane every Thursday night from 8pm and a jam session after each gig. JMI Live is renowned for its intimate setting, providing the best opportunity to listen to live jazz in Brisbane. Just like a jazz club in New York, this venue is the ideal location for great jazz music, acoustics and atmosphere.


JMI Live is located at 10 Exhibition Street, Bowen Hills.

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JMI Live is a COVID Safe venue

Attendance at JMI Live

We kindly ask that if you are feeling unwell or showing flu-like symptoms, please do not attend JMI Live. When purchasing a ticket, you agree to only attend a JMI Live event if you are in good health and have not been in close contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive or has travelled overseas or to a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days.

For contact tracing purposes, please check in via our QR code sign-in upon arrival. Please ensure that whilst within our venue, you are adhering to social distancing measures as per venue signage. Please ensure you are also implementing strong hygienic practices (e.g. using hand-sanitiser, thoroughly washing hands and covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing).

If you suspect that you have contracted an infection or have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending an event at JMI Live, please contact the JMI office (07 3216 1110 or email play@jazz.qld.edu.au) as soon as possible.

Ticket Refund Policy

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and are unable to attend after having purchased a ticket, please contact the JMI office (07 3216 1110 or email play@jazz.qld.edu.au) as soon as possible during business hours (10AM-4PM) to let us know you won’t be able to attend. A full refund will be given if we are contacted prior to a performance. Refunds will not be processed if we are contacted after the gig.

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