Talkin' Jazz

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

big band

The Talkin’ Jazz Big Band began in response to the demand from Talkin’ Jazz students who wanted this experience. It has fast become a great part of the wider program bringing together students from different schools with professional musicians and teachers who rehearse and perform together regularly. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn some classic big band repertoire, ensemble skills and engage with other students and teachers.

The Big Band already has a range of performances booked for 2020.

"I enjoyed spending time with the people there and playing music with them. The setting isn't stressful and doesn't make me nervous…'“

"The Big Band allows kids from around Brisbane to interact with the artists who come and sit in. …it allows us to see people who have experience within the fields that most of us are interested in."

Auditions for 2020

Due to increasing interest in the Big Band, we are trialling an audition process for the program in 2020. We will be auditioning for all instruments, however some of the chairs are filled by professional musicians who assist in the teaching and direction of the ensemble and their sections. This is a key part of the culture and experience of this ensemble.

Auditions will take place in late October (dates TBC). The audition materials and requirements can be found HERE.

If you have any questions, please email us at bigband[at]


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

  • Students must have 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 is for instrumentalists only, sorry no vocalists.

  • The Big Band will be trialling an audition process in late October - more information to come shortly.

  • Parents are very 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!"

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

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.

Please note, the Brisbane Jazz Club or Talkin’ Jazz do not take responsibility for your instrument while attending the Jam Sessions, Big Band or the Workshops.

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