Talkin' Jazz

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

performance workshop ONE
APR 9 - APR 13

A new workshop for 2018: Performance Workshop One.

This year we are excited to announce a brand-new workshop. This five day, educational workshop is for musicians who are less experienced in jazz and want to learn performance and improvisation skills as well as some fantastic jazz repertoire. You’ll learn from some amazing teachers and guest mentors: Elly Hoyt, John Reeves and Mal Wood. You'll also perform at the Brisbane Jazz Club and meet other young jazz musicians.

"My favourite thing about the workshop was making friends and music."

The workshop requires attendants to be able to play their instruments as there will not be time to teach beginner-level technical skills. Otherwise all attendants need is enthusiasm and a desire to learn more. This workshop is designed for musicians who are curious about jazz music, want to learn more about jazz music and want to gain improvisational and performance skills.

The Workshop focuses on listening as well as jazz performance skills such as improvisation, soloing, stage craft and arrangement. Regular program teachers Helen Svoboda and Brodie McAllister run the workshop with support from incredible visiting mentors. This year we are excited to welcome the wonderful Mal Wood, Elly Hoyt and John Reeves as our guest 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.

Student ensemble rehearsing in 2017.

Student ensemble rehearsing in 2017.

"It was awesome to play with so many musicians with similar goals to me and hearing from the mentors."

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 and performances. These mentors are some of Australia's best jazz musicians and all highly qualified and experienced composers and educators. 

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

The Performance Workshop is held during the April school holidays 9 - 13.
The workshop will run 9am - 1pm*, Monday - Friday with a performance at the Brisbane Jazz Club on the evening of April 13. 

Students must attend the entire week of the Performance Workshop. This allows us to create something truly special. 

Application forms will be available soon and applications will close March 9 with applicants notified by March 12. 



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.

Students jamming 2015.

Students jamming 2015.

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