Talkin' Jazz

Talkin’ Jazz is a community for young jazz musicians to meet, learn and play.

big band

It's back for 2018!!!

After an amazingly successful launch last year, the Talkin' Jazz Big Band returns.

The Big Band era is one of the most well-known and best loved eras of Jazz. Great bandleaders and musicians like Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Woody Herman created some of the most incredible music in jazz history and helped to propel this then burgeoning art-form further into popularity.

Under the direction of regular Talkin' Jazz teachers and program coordinators Dan Hirsch and Euan Cumming, the Talkin' Jazz Big Band provides students with the unique opportunity to meet, play with and learn from some of the best musicians, composers and Big Band directors. The Big Band already has a range of performances booked for 2018. 

"I enjoyed spending time with the people there and playing music with them. The setting isn't stressful and doesn't make me nervous and I really like the charts we're playing."
"The Big Band allows kids from around Brisbane to interact with the artists who come and sit in. I think it's definitely useful because it allows us to see people who have experience within the fields that most of us are interested in."


The Big Band rehearses at the Brisbane Jazz Club on Wednesday afternoons. Rehearsals resume February 21. 
Rehearsals run from 5.30pm - 7.00pm. Students must be ready to play by 5.30pm and should arrive by 5.15pm. The club will be open from 4.45pm.

  • Students must have some Big Band experience, a strong technical grasp of their instrument and not be afraid to improvise.
  • Music will be provided to all students at no extra cost.
  • The Big Band will offer up to 17 places; the traditional size of a Big Band.
  • The Big Band will not be auditioned but applicants will be selected on the basis of their application i.e. Big Band experience and jazz experience. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Talkin' Jazz Jam Sessions. 
  • Parents are welcome to stay at the Brisbane Jazz Club during rehearsals or can pick their students up at the end of the rehearsal.
"I highly enjoyed the community it developed on top of the Jam Session community and enjoyed how professional every person sounded!"

Talkin' Jazz and the Brisbane Jazz Club thank students and parents to be mindful of noise when leaving the club so as not to disturb the BJC's neighbours.

Below is the video of our debut performance at the Brisbane Jazz Club. 

Talkin’ Jazz is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.