International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day 

International Jazz Day is held on 30 April every year. In 2019, Melbourne is hosting the Global Concert.

The Arts Unit is working with James Morrison and the organisers of International Jazz Day to provide opportunities for students, teachers and schools to get involved with International Jazz Day.

A composition competition was held for NSW Public Schools students. Congratulations to Flynn Poppleton and Naomi-Nogawa-Lewy on winning this competition. Their arrangements will be made available for school bands to learn shortly. Read more about this here

The composition will be performed in Melbourne as part of International Jazz Day in Melbourne 2019.


Composition Competition 

The joint winners of the composition competition are Flynn Poppleton from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and Naomi Nogawa-Lewy from Summer Hill Public School!

Find out more here

Support materials are available to assist teachers and students with their own jazz compositions: Teaching and learning materials.


International Jazz Day Education Program

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and a number of Internationally renowned jazz artists lead a series of free masterclasses as part of International Jazz Day. On Friday 26 April the master classes will take place in the Utzon Room and Concert Hall Northern Foyer in the Sydney Opera House.

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Opportunities to workshop with some of the biggest names in the world of jazz will be available to students and teachers on the 26 April 2019.

Tickets limited to two per person, per workshop. If you and your guest are looking to attend separate workshops, we recommend that you book separately.

A free lunch is included for students staying the full day. Find out more on the day of the event.

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Authorised ticket agency for this event is Sydney Opera House

Masterclass with James Morrison
9.30am - 10.20am

Celebrated multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and educator James Morrison AM leads a masterclass exploring fundamental concepts of jazz improvisation and performance.

Big Band workshop with Antonio Hart
9.30am - 10.20am and 11.30am - 12.20pm

Saxophonist Antonio Hart leads working rehearsals with the NSW Public Schools Jazz Orchestra and Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra.

Vocal masterclass with Dee Dee Bridgewater
10.30am - 11.20am

Three-time Grammy and Tony Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater shares her decades of experience performing as one of the top jazz vocalists on the international scene.

Rhythm section workshop with Hancock Institute Fellows
10.30am - 11.20am

Paul Cornish (piano), Emma Dayhuff (bass), Roni Eytan (harmonica) and Malachi Whitson (drums) from the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA lead an intensive workshop geared toward rhythm section players.

Performance and discussion with SOUND CIRCLE Ensemble
11.30am - 12.20pm

The Sydney Conservatorium’s Sound Circle Ensemble will present a demonstration and discussion of their unique process for improvising musical interpretations of the Aboriginal languages of Sydney and Southern Sydney. The session will be led by acclaimed didgeridoo player, singer, and composer Matthew Doyle along with Conservatorium faculty members Kevin Hunt and James Greening.

Masterclass with Herbie Hancock, James Morrison and Hancock Institute Fellows
1.15pm - 2.45pm
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and International Jazz Day 2019 Co-Artistic Director James Morrison will co-lead this master class exploring the history and nature of improvisation in jazz music. Featuring the Fellows from the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA.
This masterclass will be broadcast live on the Sydney Opera House YouTube and Facebook channels.

Jam session
3pm - 4.30pm
Celebrated around the globe each year, International Jazz Day highlights the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity. The jam session, led by the Hancock Fellows, marks the end of the masterclasses where students and artists perform together in the Concert Hall Northern Foyer overlooking the stunning Sydney Harbour.

Presented by the Sydney Opera House, The Arts Unit and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.

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