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51st State Big Band

The 51st State Big Band is dedicated to teaching young musicians the orchestral heritage of jazz. With Duke Ellington repertoire at its core (though other composers and arrangers are studied) the band showcases classic, swinging transcriptions whilst also providing a platform for students to arrange for the band themselves, if they so wish.

The band has been formed in partnership with the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, Trinity Laban, and is led by Alex Thomas-French with visiting guest tutors.

Instruments welcome are as follows: Trumpets, Trombones, Saxophones, Guitar, Piano, Bass & Drums. This band is for Intermediate and Advanced players. Experience in improvising and jazz is preferable though not essential. No audition required.

The band rehearses for ten sessions per term at World Heart Beat Embassy Gardens, on Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm. Fees are £250 per term, or £295 if you also attend the 51st State Jazz Combo.

TERM DATES (10 sessions):

April 17, 24

May 1, 8, 15, 22

June 5, 12, 19, 26

The 51st State Big Band is kindly supported by The Wavendon Foundation.

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