Jazz South East. What is it?

Deal Music and Art­s recognises the importance of jazz music and our learning and participation programmes seek to give musicians of all ages the skills they need to play this great genre of music. Our annual festival also features high quality musicians playing and singing jazz and improvised music. Our Project Leader and experienced jazz educator, Joe Browne, also works with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO).

Jazz Academy
Joe Browne leads our Jazz Academy workshops which are for anyone over the age of 11 interested in learning how to play jazz and improvise. These are entry level days and you don’t need to be able to read music, simply enjoy playing and want to learn more. Joe and at least two other experienced jazz musicians guide the players to play together as an ensemble and refine a number of pieces to perform at a Deal Festival event.

Jazz Journey
Jazz journey is a programme of secondary school workshops aimed at young players in Years 8 and 9 who have some skill already on their instrument and want to know more. Often there is a compositional element complementing the music curriculum. Participants are then encouraged to join our Jazz Academy which goes a step further and is a way into ensemble playing to performance standard. Groups in the past have performed in the festival, last year supporting NYJO in a sell-out concert.

Community Band
Our Community Band also plays some jazz related music and meets every Tuesday evening at Goodwin Academy Deal. This is for any age, 11 years and over.

Saxophone Saturdays
These monthly workshops are aimed at saxophonists with a couple of years’ experience of playing and include a jazz element.

Community Concerts
As part of our series of Dover lunchtime concerts for schools in 2024 we are excited to welcome a group of musicians from leading jazz education exponents, Tomorrow’s Warriors, for a workshop and performance.

All our projects welcome people whatever their gender, ethnicity, age or ability to pay.

How can I find out more or get involved?
Contact Deal Music & Arts:

Jazz Journey also offers Teacher Training Resources, which are available as a pdf document by using the links below.