Renfrewshire pupils receive jazz training from music maestros Brass Jaw.
Famous for creating energetic and charismatic live performances, Brass Jaw is a four-piece band from Glasgow currently taking the jazz scene by storm.
Awarded the prestigious ‘Best Innovation’ and ‘Best Ensemble’ prizes at the 2013 Scottish Jazz Awards, Brass Jaw – made up of trumpeter Ryan Quigley and saxophonists Paul Towndrow, Konrad Wiszniewski and Allon Beauvoisin – are praised for bringing a vibrant new sound to the jazz genre.
Brass Jaw are also renowned for their educational work with schools and young people: regularly delivering improvisation and composition workshops, small and large ensemble coaching, individual tuition and mentoring schemes.
Ahead of their gig at Paisley Arts Centre on 4 April, Brass Jaw will be meeting with pupils from Renfrewshire Schools’ Jazz Orchestra to deliver a two hour workshop; giving participants the chance to develop their skills in saxophone, percussion, drums and piano with help from the professional musicians.
Following the workshop, the pupils have been invited to support the band before they perform at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 4 April at 7.30pm. For many of the participants, this will be their first experience of performing live to a public audience.
James Cunningham, Music Co-ordinator for Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Leisure department said:
“Renfrewshire Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra to provide this opportunity. Brass Jaw and the SYJO tutors are among the best jazz musicians in Europe and our young people have been so inspired working with them over the last few months. I am delighted that collaboration has been so fruitful and would love to see it develop further over the next few years”