Jazz Journey. What is it?


JAZZ JOURNEY is a Deal Music & Arts project that focuses on jazz music education in Kent. Working in partnership with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) it provides an opportunity for musicians of all ages and backgrounds to work and perform alongside world-class jazz musician mentors. As the only jazz education programme in Kent, we offer a range of in-school workshops, ‘Creative Jazz Orchestra’ weekends, public concerts and small ensemble mentoring and performance opportunities.

The activities as part of JAZZ JOURNEY encourage musicians of all ages to engage creatively with jazz music, with the genre acting as an accessible entry point into musical composition and developing new musical techniques. Our primary aim is to introduce and develop specific musical skills that would have previously been unfamiliar or inaccessible to the young people. By encouraging the participants to explore alternative ways of making music, such as improvisation, group composition, musical interaction and responding to existing repertoire within the jazz idiom, we hope we are broadening not only their musical outlook, but also their ability to adapt, improvise and respond appropriately to various educational and social challenges.

We were excited to be chosen to partner NYJO for their South-East Regional Academy which runs workshops during school holidays throughout the year, bringing even more opportunities for East Kent’s young musicians.

Who leads it?
Joe Browne Musical Director

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.