Daisy Coole, Young Music Makers, United Kingdom
1. What does jazz music mean to you? To your community?
At Young Music Makers jazz means learning to ‘groove’. Jazz means teamwork. Jazz means supporting other musicians – musically and verbally. Jazz means being a fearless improviser because we’re all in it together!
2. Why are you celebrating International Jazz Day? Why is it important?
We are lucky enough to have two Big Bands at YMM but many students don’t hear jazz at home or in school. International Jazz Day reminds them that music transcends the boundaries of spoken language as it is celebrated all over the world… And we love opening our doors to young musicians and giving them a taste of the great traditions!
3. What would you like to see happen through this day – short term and long term?
We are delighted to be welcoming members of all-female jazz group ‘Nerija’ to co-lead our open workshop and jam. We hope they will inspire our young female jazzers who can often be discouraged by male-dominated jam sessions. Be brave!