All that jazz

Deal Music & Arts Creative Weekend from 22 – 24 November stems from a desire to encourage people of all ages to be actively creative, especially in that most innately spontaneous of mediums, jazz. This year, our Creative Weekend becomes a mini-festival, and you can explore issues around creativity that impact on the ways we live and even the ways nations are perceived.

On Friday 22 November at Linden Hall Studio in Deal, two films will be shown and will be introduced by their Directors and Composers, the first is Jazz Americans in Paris, a short film explaining how American Jazz musicians feel about living and playing jazz music in Paris. The second film is the legendary The Jazz Ambassadors introduced by its Director Hugo Berkeley and composer Michael McEvoy. This is one of the most absorbing music documentaries created in recent years and describes how a group of African-American jazz musicians and their racially integrated bands crossed the globe during the Cold War to counter negative propaganda about racism in America. These are some of the most famous jazz artists including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Dave Brubeck.

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November will see the third of our Creative Jazz Orchestras at Goodwin Academy which is open to all abilities and ages and places are still available – email [email protected] or check out the website.

On Saturday 23 November at 6.30pm Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians will give the Dr Rosemary Dunn lecture. Deborah is at the forefront of national campaigns to recognise the importance and value of arts education for all which is very much part of the ethos of Deal Music and Arts.

This will be followed by a Concert with Olivia Jaqeurs, Harp and Alex Knox, Actor. Olivia graduated with a Masters Degree from The Royal Academy of Music and was the recipient of a Scholarship from the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has performed with many major orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra and The Halle. Their programme will include some unusual repertoire including Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with text from The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems and a piece written for Alex and Olivia by James Joslin which uses text from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Tickets for Oliver and Alex's concert are available from the Linden Hall Studio on 01304 360411 and are £10.00 each. Jazz Films are free but please call 01227 786111 or email [email protected] to confirm attendance.