Tomorrow's Warriors has announced plans for a series of intensive workshops aimed at intermediate/advanced musicians and vocalists aged 16-23 years. Taking place on 11, 15, 16 and 17 February 2006 at The Premises music studios in Hackney, east London the workshops will cover the fundamentals of jazz improvisation, harmony, transcribing jazz solos, and practice methods, with the prime focus being on developing technique, artistry and stagecraft.
The Move On Up! faculty features Abram Wilson, Trevor Mires, Soweto Kinch, Denys Baptiste, Andrew McCormack and Gary Crosby among other leading musicians. It's free to take part but you have to enrol by 3 February. For more details go to www.tomorrowswarriors.org or call Tomorrow's Warriors on 020 8424 2807.

After opening last May in its new premises in Dalston the Vortex jazz club has carefully built up an eclectic and challenging programme that last week saw the last ever gig by the Gilad Atzmon Orient House Ensemble shortly to be followed by two rare gigs by John Taylor on 23 and 24 January, one with the trio of Palle Danielsson and Martin France and the other a solo set. Tickets are bound to go fast so book early!

The second Gateshead International Jazz Festival takes place at The Sage from 17-19 March.

Cultural polymath Ketil Bjornstad embarks on a major Contemporary Music Network tour in March. The pianist, who is also a novelist and poet, has recorded 40 albums, including many for ECM and, currently, Universal. The tour, his first major UK tour will include performances of 'Seafarer's Song' and an earlier piece, 'Before The Light' as well as music from his new CD, Floating. Bjornstad is joined by the UK's Andy Sheppard, distinguished Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen, Danish drummer Alex Riel, guitarist Eivind Aarset, singer Kristin Asbjornsen, cellist Svante Henryson and drummer Per Lindvall.


The dates are: The Sage Gateshead (19 March), RNCM, Manchester (20 March), Queen's Hall, Edinburgh (21 March), QEH, London (22 March), St George's Bristol (23 March), CBSO Centre, Birmingham (24 March) and Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton (25 March). For more info go to www.cmntours.org.uk

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