James brings exclusive Jazz Jam to the Gold Coast

Australian Jazz royalty, James Morrison is offering an incredible residency opportunity for young Gold Coast musicians at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

He’ll participate in a series of in-school workshops, teacher development sessions as well as Jazz Jam @ The Arts Centre.

Open to senior high school instrumentalists, Jazz Jam @ The Arts Centre is an exclusive five-day residency program designed by the master himself to give young, talented players a chance to immerse themselves in all elements of being a jazz musician.

Throughout the week, participants will also be mentored by students from the James Morrison Academy of Music (JMA), gaining insight and getting advice from the next generation of jazz stars, as well as receiving tuition and advice from James himself. A nationwide exclusive in 2017, this residency offers a rare opportunity for students to spend an extended period of time working directly with James.

But it won’t be all work and no play! There will be jam sessions, a movie night and dedicated ‘band hang’ time with the JMA band.

It’s not just about the talent either. James places a strong emphasis on passion and enthusiasm.

“So often young musicians can get caught up in whether they’re ‘good enough’ or skilled enough, but if you love doing something, you’ll keep getting better at it,” James said.

Morrison is excited to see what the Gold Coast has to offer.

“Jazz Jam aims to connect young people who truly love jazz and help them to delve deeper into their music. I’ve already met so many fantastic students on the Gold Coast through our recent in-school masterclass series,” James said.

“There is a lot of talent here and I can’t wait to see who else is out there.”

The residency will culminate in the opportunity of a lifetime, with participants coming together to form a big band that will feature alongside James and the JMA Jazz Orchestra during his public concert at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on 23 September.  

Jazz Jam @ The Arts Centre runs 19 – 23 September. Applications are now closed. 


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