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Yamaha Music bringing ‘Have-A-Go’ MI stations to jazz event

David Davies 30 April 2010
Yamaha Music bringing ‘Have-A-Go’ MI stations to jazz event

Cheltenham Jazz Festival visitors and their children will be encouraged to get hands-on with a variety of the latest musical instruments. Scheduled to run from 28 April to 3 May, the 2010 edition of the UK event will be guest directed by jazz-pop crossover star, long-time Yamaha player and new Radio 2 host Jamie Cullum (pictured). Run by tutors and pro jazz musicians, it is hoped that the 30-minute sessions on keyboards, bass and drums will encourage festival-goers to take up playing musical instruments. “Well done to my friends at Yamaha for adding something special to the magical festival atmosphere,” said Cullum. “Offering free taster sessions in a live music setting, alongside some of the world’s best jazz music will surely combine to get more people playing.” The event will also feature the inaugural final of the national ‘Yamaha Jazz Experience Ensemble’ competition, the culmination of a year’s educational activity introducing teachers and young players to improvisation with artists including Julian Joseph, Neil Cowley , Richard Michael and Tim Garland. Jazz ensembles from all over the UK entered the competition to win an opportunity to perform at the Festival and at legendary London venue’s Ronnie Scott’s, The 606 Club and The Bull’s Head Jazz Club. Finalists can also win £9,000-worth of Yamaha prizes for their school, college or community centres. Imelda May, Eric Bibb, John Scofield, Carla Bley, and a series of events dedicated to improvised music co-curated by comedian Stewart Lee are among the likely highlights of this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

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