Jazz musicians wanted.

OPEN JAZZ: O'Connor Catholic School students took part in a jazz music workshop hosted by talented Australian National University jazz lecturers at the New England Conservatorium of Music on Wednesday afternoon.

OPEN JAZZ: O'Connor Catholic School students took part in a jazz music workshop hosted by talented Australian National University jazz lecturers at the New England Conservatorium of Music on Wednesday afternoon.

THE CALL for budding jazz musicians is out at the New England Conservatorium of Music.

In a new experiment, director Russell Bauer is welcoming trombonists, trumpeteers and jazz music fanatics to a jazz open rehearsal.

Moving away from its usual classical style, the conservatorium is toying with the idea of a regular jazz ensemble.

“People who might be lawyers or teachers, who knows what, they could be hairdressers or mechanics, they may have played saxophone or trumpet when they were at school – they may dust off the instrument, come along and have a bit of fun,” NECOM director Russell Bauer said.

“I think it’s the sort of thing where people will come out of the woodwork.”

The rehearsal is open to all ages, preferably those who have played for three years – or are a grade three performer.

Around eight pieces will be played at the rehearsal, and Mr Bauer stressed it was all a bit of fun.

“What we don’t want is for people to come along and feel like it’s a stop, start, stop, fix up every note rehearsal,” he said.

“This one is just a trial, it is very much about coming along, making a bit of noise and just having fun.

“This is all about warts and all, starting at the start, playing through to the end and moving on to the next piece.”

Anyone from the community is invited to attend and watch, and the focus is on giving school-aged students an ensemble where they can learn and play jazz styles.

“Every school, certainly every secondary school has a number of wind and brass players,” Mr Bauer said.

“Those students are crying out for another style they can play to expand their range.

“Playing jazz music really can extend you as a player because it’s a completely different style to classical.”

With enough interest, NECOM is considering establishing a regular jazz ensemble.

The open jazz rehearsal is on at the New England Conservatorium of Music on Thursday September 21.

It will begin at 4pm to 5:30pm.

Saxophone, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, euphonium, piano, guitar, bass guitar and drum players are welcomed.

It is free to attend.

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