Emerging jazz musicians from Live Music Now (LMN) perform for older people and school children with special educational needs across the UK in celebration of International Jazz Day on 30 April 2012.
Carol Main, LMN's International Director said, 'We embrace International Jazz Day's initiatives to foster greater appreciation not only for jazz music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.' Since 1977, Live Music Now (LMN) has given over 40,000 workshops and interactive performances to more than 3,000,000 disadvantaged members of society who would have been excluded from the joy and inspiration of participating in live performance.
For the past 35 years LMN has supported young musicians through performance and training opportunities, enhancing their understanding of the needs of different participants and how to structure their performance to create a special bond. Sarah Derbyshire, LMN's Executive Director said, 'Our jazz musicians have an enormous amount to offer audiences and participants, calling on their improvisatory ability, combining exceptional performing skills with special qualities of insight, generosity of spirit and flexibility.'
Live Music Now's International Jazz Day celebration is taking place in Scotland, Wales, London and Yorkshire and features talented jazz musicians currently on the LMN scheme: The Bill Fleming Quartet, Archer Pearce Duo, Maciek Pysz and Alice Zawadski, Three Jazz and Katie's Allsorts.
The Bill Fleming Quartet will be performing in the New School, Butterstone (Dunkeld, Perthshire) in the morning and then at Ochil Tower School (Auchterarder, Perthshire) in the afternoon. The quartet will then be joining Young Scottish Jazz Musician Ruaridh Pattison and Scottish Jazz awards rising star Corrie Dick in a special concert organised in partnership with Glascow: UNESCO City of Music and The Scottish Jazz Federation at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. LMN Scotland's IJD concerts are made possible with support from the Gannochy Trust. Follow LMN Scotland on Twitter: @LiveMusicNowSCO
Archer Pearce will be performing at the Alzheimers Society in Cardiff and later for school children in Dinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan. LMN Wales IJD concerts are supported by the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government and Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Maciek Pysz (guitar) and Alice Zawadski (singer) will perform at the Harrow Friendship Club in Brent. Follow LMN London on Twitter: @LiveMusicNowLon
Three Jazz and Katie's Allsorts will be performing in three schools on the East Coast of Yorkshire (Scarborough, Whitby areas).
Further information (including artist biographies & media access to concerts) from:
Lis Ssenjovu, UK Coordinator, Live Music Now
Tel: 020 7014 2829 / 07985 281549