Pedare students left today (5th May) to attend Generations In Jazz Festival held in Mt Gambier from the 6-8 May.
Generations in Jazz will be attended by thousands of highs school students from all over Australia to compete in Stage Band and Vocal Ensemble competitions.
The festival brings together young people to display their talents and skills, while they learn from their peers and highly acclaimed Jazz professionals in a relaxed and inspirational atmosphere. This year performances will be given by James Morrison, Grammy Award Winning Big Band leader Gordon Goodwin, Wycliffe Gordon, New York Jazz star Jazzmeia Horn, Ross Irwin (trumpet for The Cat Empire) and The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. For a full Generations in Jazz programme please click here
James Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays piano, all the brass, saxophones, and double bass.He spends much time in education, doing master classes and workshops in many countries and presenting the James Morrison Jazz Scholarship at the world’s largest youth jazz festival Generations in Jazz. An avid user of the latest technologies, James is very involved in furthering the presence of jazz and music education on the Internet and also uses cutting edge tech extensively in his writing, recording and performances.
A gifted trombonist, conductor, composer and arranger, Wycliffe Gordon is also one of the world’s foremost music educators, sharing his incredible talent with young musicians and audiences all over the world. His master classes, clinics, workshops, children’s concerts and lectures are held everywhere from elementary schools to universities, and for the past two years, he has been Artist in Residence at the James Morrison Academy of Music in Mount Gambier.
Jazzmeia Horn is widely considered the hottest young singer on the international jazz scene and one of New York’s ‘rising stars’. Winner of the 2015 Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, she earned her degree at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Since then, she has not only appeared at world famous jazz festivals, but just about every famous jazz club in New York City.
Students gain valuable feedback and mentoring from jazz professionals through participation in specialised workshops where they develop skills in the art of performing and growing their individual skills.
Pedare has participated in Generations in Jazz for the past four years, during which the students have received excellent feedback for both the vocal and band competition, with some outstanding results.
In 2015 the Stage Band won the third place in Division 4, with Madison Fry (Year 9) winning the ‘Superband’ Award for being the best Tenor Saxophone player in the division. In 2016, James Bartop (Year 12) won the ‘Superband’ Award for being the most outstanding drummer in the division.
Generations in Jazz provides students with a valuable experience to complement their curricular and Extra-Curricular learning at Pedare. Following Generations in Jazz students perform more confidently and are inspired to engage and pursue their music interests in a more passionate and meaningful way.