Brixton’s Black Cultural Archives centre (BCA) is teaming up with musical education organization Tomorrow’s Warriors for a summer jam session.
Taking part in the museum’s Black Sound exhibition, young people are set to perform live at the Brixton venue as part of a week of workshops.
The Summer Jam, which is free for young people and local musicians, presents some of the flagship jazz ensembles ranging from 12 – 19 years of age from Tomorrow’s Warriors’ award-winning Young Artist Development Residency at the Southbank Centre.
Head of Learn and Train for Tomorrow’s Warriors, Kate McBain, said this is an opportunity to celebrate Jazz and Black British music.
“Where our remit is to support the development of outstanding jazz talent and progress the careers of musicians from diverse backgrounds, it is thrilling to be getting to celebrate the contribution of our own Tomorrow’s Warriors alumni to the rich and vibrant history of Black Sound,” Ms McBain said.
Led by Artistic Director and renowned musician, Gary Crosby OBE, the Summer Jam give young Frontline ensembles and workshop participants the opportunity to perform in public to an audience of family members, friends, fellow musicians and the local community.
The event begins at midday with the Junior Band, followed by the older Youth Ensemble who will go on to perform at festivals and gigs this summer.
The lineup also includes the Female Collective, jazz strings ensemble, String Ting, and the Residents – the professional development group, featuring well-known guests from the world of British jazz.
Tomorrow’s Warrior’s founder and artistic director, Gary Crosby, invited locals to join the celebration. “We always love performing in Lambeth and Saturday afternoon will be a musical celebration following a great week at the BCA delivering some inspiring and valuable workshops for local people,” he said. “Everyone is welcome and this celebratory showcase is for the whole community, so come along and get involved, or just come and enjoy the music”.
The house band caps off the day of free music with a Jazz Jam encouraging budding musicians and performers to bring along instruments and take part.
Kate added: “Come along on Saturday 3 June to see, hear and get up close to some of the most exciting jazz music in the UK today.”
“The Tomorrow’s Warriors Summer Jam brings together young people and seasoned musicians, where budding players can jam alongside professionals, and jazz meets all manner of different genres, beats and sounds, as we explore the richness of black music heritage, live!”
Tomorrow’s Warrior’s summer jam is at the BCA, 1 Windrush Square, SW2 1EF, on Saturday 3 June from 12pm-6pm. Admission: free (£5 donation suggested). Phone: 020 3757 8500. bcaheritage.org.uk and tomorrowswarriors.org