Blues and Beyond


Geoff and Jilly are leading this months Play Jazz! session at the Sage Gateshead.
Saturday 5th May 2-6pm
You can enrol through the Sage.

Carol Book

Jilly is finally producing a book of the carols she has written for North Lakes School – one a year since 2002. If you go/used to go to North Lakes School and would like to sing on the accompanying recording, please get in touch. There are opportunities for soloists and choir members.

Will Michael Jazz Education Award

BlueJam was awarded a diploma along with three Music Hubs from around the UK last week. Jilly shown here receiving it!
This is a real boost for the work being done by all the organisations promoting youth jazz in Cumbria and for the Music Hub’s commitment to a viable and innovative jazz development programme.
Congratulations to everyone!

Penrith Improv Choir songwriting session Nov 2017

Tonight there was a small group of 4 – we had been working on vocal dexterity last week and this week I had just done a skill swap with Catherine Ashcroft who is a lovely whistle player so I thought I would use the whistle and the way it sounds on a jig with some rolls and cuts and move that onto the voice. We then took a 14C secular carol and sang it to the jig then Ruth improvised a new tune. We then moved that into different time signatures and worked out a chord structure. We ended up going over time we got so engrossed. I will put the tune up in vocal union – it is beautiful – thanks Ruth!

BlueJam Arts award for services to jazz education

Jilly is off to London next week to pick up an award for BlueJam from Will Michael Foundation – a chance to meet new people in the jazz world and also catch up with old friends. Thanks to all the team at BlueJam and Cumbria Music Hub who helped to make this happen.

Girls In Jazz with India Harding

Screen Shot 2017-11-18 at 18.33.05IMG_2356The first Girls In Jazz session this academic year started with a fizz with India Harding joining us and getting a great vocal section improvising, riffing and harmonising the tune.

We had 4 woodwind, two keys, bass, drums and vocals, so a great band setup.

We started with a descending bassline and wrote our own song over it – the Grass Is Greener – this developed into a full arrangement with vocal and instrumental solos and acapella sections. We also did Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child and a funky version of Summertime.

India had just heard she has been offered a scholarship at Birmingham Conservatoire, so definitely intend to get her back up here from Lancaster before she goes next year.