Talkin' Jazz

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

performance workshop
September school holidays - sept 23 - oct 6


The Performance Workshop is an intensive, 10-day program. The program requires attendants to have a strong technical grasp of their instrument and a basic understanding of jazz theory and repertoire, a lot of which can be gained at and improved upon our fortnightly Jam Sessions.

“I loved working in ensembles and I got to meet new people”

The Workshop focuses on jazz theory, jazz history and listening as well as jazz performance skills such as improvisation, soloing, stage craft and arrangement. Regular program teachers Euan Cumming, Dan Hirsch and Sam Maguire run the workshop with support from incredible visiting mentors. Students get to learn from, jam, rehearse and work with some of Australia's best jazz musicians. At the end of the Workshop the students present a performance at the Brisbane Jazz Club supporting the main band. 

"My favourite part of the workshop was getting the chance to play and develop my skills”

Student ensemble rehearsing in 2017.

Student ensemble rehearsing in 2017.

One of the aims of the Talkin' Jazz program is to connect young musicians with more experienced jazz musicians and educators. Over the course of the Performance Workshop guest mentors join the regular teachers to present masterclasses, performances and lessons to students. These mentors are some of Australia's best jazz musicians and all highly qualified and experienced composers and educators. We have confirmed some AMAZING mentors for this year's workshop and can't wait to announce them.

"The selection of mentors catered for everyone and they all stood out and gave us unique knowledge to utilise."

Mentors for 2019:

Sam Anning - bass (melb)//Martha baartz - saxophone (nsw)//Jamie Clark - guitar (Qld)//
david Jones - drums (melb)//Andrea keller - piano(melb)//dan Quigley - trumpet (QLD)//
alex silver - trombone (SYD) and trichotomy (QLD).

This is a truly unique experience to meet, play with and learn from some of the best of Australian jazz. 

"I found the workshop beneficial because I got to learn... in a community where everyone was accepted and supported."

The Performance Workshop is held during the September school holidays Monday to Friday (23/09 - 04/10) with the performance at the completion of the workshop on Sunday, 06/10. The workshop will run 9am - 1pm*, Monday - Friday with a performance at the Brisbane Jazz Club on the evening of Sunday. 
*some times will differ, please see application form for details. 


Talkin' Jazz will provide the following instruments: Drum Kit, Cymbals, Piano, Bass Amp, Guitar Amp, Vocal Mics/leads and P.A. Students need to bring their own instruments, instrument leads and sticks.

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.

Student ensemble working with guest mentor Mal Wood. 2017

Student ensemble working with guest mentor Mal Wood. 2017

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