Fort Langley Jazz Fest Hosts Workshop – Life As A Professional Musician – Sunday, July 28

Fort Langley Jazz Festival

Langley – The Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival is hosting a jazz education workshop for young and emerging jazz musicians at their 2nd annual festival on Sunday, July 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Chief Sepass Theatre in Fort Langley.

The workshop will feature a panel discussion on the artistic and business side of “Life as a professional musician”  followed by master class breakouts by instrument that includes bass, brass, drums, guitar, piano and vocals. The workshop ends with an improvisation jam session with all workshop participants and the professional jazz musicians who are conducting the workshop. 

“The workshop is a great opportunity for young jazz musicians to perform, be mentored and learn from a stellar line-up of seasoned musicians and instructors,” said Dave Quinn, artistic director for the festival.

“Part of the festival’s mandate is to support youth and emerging talent and this is just one of the ways we’re doing that,” he said. “We also have youth performing at the festival at pop-up performance stages throughout the Village and will feature our Rising Young Star award recipient, Julian Borkowski and his quartet on the main stage.”

The jazz education workshop will be led by Juno-nominated jazz bassist, Jodi Proznick and includes Christine Jensen (saxophone), Bill Coon (jazz guitar), Jesse Cahill (jazz drums/percussion), Kristian Alexandrov (jazz piano) and Alisia Lyne (jazz vocals).

Panel discussion topics will include branding and how to market yourself, what is a demo and how to make an album, how to put together an electronic press kit, utilizing funding sources and ongoing skill acquisition.

All levels of jazz instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome. Pre-registration is required at https://www.fortlangleyjazzfest.com/jazz-workshop The workshop cost is $20 payable at the door and includes a festival t-shirt and refreshments.

The workshop is funded by Creative BC and supported by the Langley Community Music School, Chief Sepass Theatre and Langley Fine Arts School.

Creative BC is an independent society created and supported by the Province of BC to sustain and help grow BC’s creative sector (film and television, digital and interactive media, music, and magazine and book publishing industries). The society delivers a wide range of programs and services to expand BC’s creative economy. The society acts as an industry catalyst and ambassador to help BC’s creative sector reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.

The Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival is a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to enrich cultural life in the Fraser Valley by bringing emerging and established jazz acts and visual art together to Fort Langley for all to enjoy. Established in 2018, the festival drew thousands of residents and visitors to the streets of Fort Langley during the last weekend in July. The 2019  festival will be held July 26-28, 2019.

For more information about the festival visit www.fortlangleyjazzfest.com

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