jazz and improvised music


Cool for school - learn more about jazz!

Jazz Performances for secondary students
June 15 and August 31
As unforgettable as hearing your first symphony orchestra in a concert hall, hearing exhilarating jazz and improvised music in an intimate live club environment is an essential experience for music students.

Our concerts introduce students to pivotal jazz styles across traditional and modern periods. From stage craft to composition, ensemble work and aural skills, students will gain valuable insights into Australian music, the creative process of improvisation and music as a vocation.

Cool for School provides a contemporary music program for secondary schools to complement music syllabuses which is reflective of contemporary music practice in Australia today.

We offer live jazz  performance excursions onsite at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. Alternatively we can bring our ensembles to your campus to allow you to engage multiple year levels at once.

We hope you will take this opportunity to experience our unique contemporary music program.

cool for schools 2017

  Mike Rivett: Digital Seed

Date 15 June 2017
Time 11 am
Venue Rafferty's Theatre
Riverside Theatres Parramatta
Tickets Book Online

Mike Rivett, winner of the 2016 Jazz Awards, creates jazz and improvised music of the 21st Century. Using acoustic jazz and improvisatory techniques as his lift off point, he explores a new sound world with his audience, drawing on his most recent album Digital Seed. This is jazz that blends both acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments, whilst referencing the acoustic jazz styles of the past. The workshop will explore composition using the elements of jazz – improvisatory techniques, form and rhythm, and uncover new “sound worlds” with acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments
The Greasy Chicken Orchestra

Date  31 August 2017
Time 11 am
Venue Rafferty's Theatre
Riverside Theatres Parramatta
Tickets Book Online

“An exceptionally individualistic composer and superb improviser…”
The New Yorker

The Greasy Chicken Orchestra is a repertory orchestra celebrating the music of New Orleans, of early Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton. Tunes include such sizzling numbers as South Rampart Street Parade, Muskrat Ramble and Grandpa’s Spells.

The band is led by Phillip Johnston, an American saxophonist/ composer who lives in Sydney, while still maintaining a musical life in his hometown of New York City. Leading his own bands as well as performing with others, his work as a composer and musician extends across theatre, dance, film and music.

times & Cost

11am - 2pm.

All concerts are 1.15 hr performance and Q&A followed by a one hour workshop.

$20+ Booking Fee

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