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* Events: There's No Business - Like Jazz Business - 1st Dec 2010
Posted Nov 20, 2010 - 12:22 PM
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Events ‘There's No Business – Like Jazz Business’ - a Jazz music event with workshops, talks and a performance by the internationally acclaimed musician and educator Pete Churchill...

As a musician and arranger, Pete has worked with Kenny Wheeler’s and Abdullah Ibrahim’s vocal projects as well as being for 15 years the British accompanist for the legendary US singer Mark Murphy. He has released a critically acclaimed album “The Bad and the Beautiful” featuring saxophonist Bobby Wellins and recently conducted the Kenny Wheeler 80th birthday big band tour.

Alongside his musical career Pete has taught at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama for almost two decades. He regularly directs performances of The Guildhall Jazz Singers. He also runs the Jazz Choir at Trinity College of Music and is Professor of Jazz composition at The Royal Academy of Music. In 2007 he received the Parliamentary Award for services to Jazz education. More recently Pete has been working with young people in the South West through a programme of workshops at Dartington Hall organised by the National Youth Jazz Collective in conjunction with the South West Music School.

Pete will perform at the St Ives Jazz Club, The Western Hotel, St Ives on Tuesday 30th November, backed by the Viv Rodd Trio. For ticket prices, bookings and gig information call the club directly on 01736 796082 or 79806

Are you a jazz musician? Are you wondering how to make a career in the Music Industry? Then come along to the ‘There’s No Business – Like Jazz Business’ workshop on “Making your Jazz skills work for you in the Music Industry“, on Wednesday 1st December.

Marc Hadley (who has organised the workshops for the CMF) says “the economic and cultural climate today makes it very difficult to build a sustainable career exclusively out of playing Jazz. While the path into Education is a viable and obvious one, it's important to realise that someone who's been trained in Jazz actually has surprisingly diverse work options open to them in the music industry- the skills of "thinking outside the box" and the ability to structure "spontaneous creation" have applications in session recording, Theatre, choral direction, Film/ TV/Commercial soundtrack creation, publishing, and a number of other areas. The speakers will hope to illustrate- from a Jazz perspective -how a fulfilling career in Music might develop through flexibility and imagination.”

In this session Pete will be joined by Chris Hodgkins who has for the last twenty one years been the Director of Jazz Services - a national organisation providing services in information, touring, education, communications and publishing to the UK Jazz community. An active trumpeter and writer, Chris picked up the 2002 BBC Services to Jazz award and the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Award for best website for his work in supporting and marketing UK Jazz.

The talks by Pete and Chris will be followed by a question and answer session. This workshop will take place at Tregye Campus of Truro College, from 11 – 1 pm and is open to all interested musicians. Tickets are £3 payable on the day (students at Truro College - free). Directions to Tregye campus can be found on the Truro College website, via their information and campus pages. Pete will be giving a practical workshop in the afternoon from 2 to 3.30 pm on the subject of modal improvisation; by agreement with Viv Rodd, this will be open to a number of non-students. Places are limited, you can just turn up on the day but to ensure you get a place email

About Cornwall Music Forum

Cornwall Music Forum, is a not for profit organisation which aims to develop the music sector in Cornwall. It was awarded funding from the Arts Council last year and also receives support from Cornwall Councils, Creative Economy Development Officer. The CMF website is about to go live and aims to be the one stop shop for all music and music related activity in Cornwall. There will be a formal launch of the CMF in Spring 2011.For more information e-mail Phil Webb Cornwall Music Forum Project Manager

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