INTRODUCING JAZZ JUNIORS

We are excited to have launched our flagship educational initiative, Jazz Juniors, in September, thanks to the continued support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Through Jazz Juniors we will teach jazz to gifted children and young people, forming a small ensemble that will be coached each month at the MAC, Belfast, and perform concerts nationally. These young people will remain with Jazz Juniors until the age of 18 and additional musicians will be added each year. From September to June, Jazz Juniors will work with our artistic director, MOBO Award nominated David Lyttle, frequently described as Ireland's leading jazz musician, and masterclass artists such as world-renowned guitarist Phil Robson and cutting-edge vocalist Christine Tobin.

ABOUT JAZZLIFE ALLIANCE

Founded in 2018, Jazzlife Alliance is a talent development organisation based in Northern Ireland and under the artistic director of internationally-acclaimed, MOBO Award nominated jazz musician David Lyttle. We have provided high-level mentoring opportunities and professional experience to exceptional talent in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Britain. In 2018-2019 our four Young Musician Award recipients, Micheal Murray, Conor Murray, Joseph Leighton and Jack Kelly, studied and toured with David Lyttle, performing a total of around 100 dates. They also took part in masterclasses with jazz icons of today David Kikoski, Jean Toussaint and Jesse van Ruller. Micheal Murray, our first Young Musician Award recipient, went on to receive mentorship with Jaleel Shaw, his favourite living saxophonist, and created the online video series 'Ruminations' as part of our online work during Covid-19.

 In June 2020 we partnered with Earagail Arts Festival in the search for a hugely promising drummer under 20, with Sligo Jazz and Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival as additional partners. The winner was 15-year-old Sam Purcell, from Sligo, and he will study with David Lyttle and perform Irish dates with our alumni musicians Micheal and Conor Murray. In September 2020, we were pleased to announce that the winners of our Exceptional Young Musician Awards, open to all genres and funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, were gifted teenagers Conor Marcus and Dara McNicholl, who worked with David Lyttle into early 2021.

2021 has seen the launch of our prestigious 'RV Retreats', which allow talent to work with David Lyttle in practice, composition or studio collaboration at his Northern Irish RV studio. Hugely promising NI neo soul singer/songwriter Gemma Bradley, also a presenter on BBC Radio 1, will release 'Better Off', co-written and produced by David, in September. We also launched our first Young Composer Awards, funded by the PRS Foundation, and selected Birmingham composer/saxophonist Olivia Murphy to work with Django Bates and Aidan MacLean to work with David Lyttle. Thanks to a recent Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery grant, we launched our flagship jazz education initiative in September. Jazz Juniors teaches jazz to a small ensemble of gifted children every month at the MAC, Belfast, with national concerts planned.

 

 
Jazzlife Alliance is a talent development organisation based in Northern Ireland and under the artistic director of internationally-acclaimed, MOBO Award nominated jazz musician David Lyttle.
 
The Murray Brothers (Micheal and Conor) featuring David Lyttle.
 
David Lyttle with Conor Murray (Young Promoter Award recipient), Micheal Murray (Young Musician Award recipient) and Joseph Leighton (Touring Award recipient). Photo by Lieve Boussauw.
 
 
 
 
 
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