Talkin' Jazz

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


new for 2019!

We are pleased to announce a new workshop for girls and young women only: The Young Women’s Workshop. This workshop is a five day program and runs through the first week of the July school holidays - July 1 to July 5. APPLY NOW.

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

As with the rest of the Talkin’ Jazz program, this is only for high-school aged students.

This workshop is facilitated by program teachers Kayleigh Pincott and Helen Svoboda and will feature some amazing guest mentors. This workshop offers a unique experience for girls and young women to learn more about jazz, and jazz performance skills. At the end of the Workshop the students will present a performance at the Brisbane Jazz Club supporting the main ensemble. 

They have an inspired approach to jazz education that creates an enjoyable culture for young people to develop creative, artists, social and technical skills in jazz and improvised music.
- Sandy Evans (Australian jazz legend)

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.

Ellen Kirkwood (SYD) - trumpet
Kristin Berardi (QLD) - vocals
Sandy Evans (SYD) - Saxophones

The participation cost for the workshop is $150.00

The Workshop is held during the July school holidays.
The Workshop will run 9am - 1pm, Monday - Friday with a performance at the Brisbane Jazz Club on the evening of July 5. 

The Workshop requires attendants to have a technical grasp of their instrument and an eagerness to learn more about jazz music and jazz performance.
Students must attend the entire week of the Performance Workshop. This allows us to create something truly special. 

Application forms will be available HERE.

If you have any questions, please email us at

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.

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