The group started off exploring the tools and devices used by improvisers but with the advent of lockdown we moved on Zoom. This has allowed us to explore in much greater depth certain aspects of jazz. We have focussed on the instruments that are used and how they are played and have taken the opportunity to look at the recorded works of many jazz artists. Zoom is remarkably suitable for this and our sessions, which can last for up to two and a half hours, are almost at a broadcast standard. Members now actively contribute by looking at artists they enjoy.
We hope to be able to reintroduce some live meetings looking at jazz being played in the future and have access to a space where this can take place.
We did not expect anyone to be able to read music at the beginning, the hope was that it would help people to listen better, and better understand what is going on when they do, and so get more enjoyment from their musical experiences. This aspect of the group continues to feature periodically.
Some members of the group do play and have formed an unofficial group which remains outside of the u3a structure but welcomes members to come along as well. It is hoped that you will be able to enjoy the fruits of these labours in the summer.
Second and fourth Thursday of every month, 2 – 4 p.m. via Zoom
Group Convener : Paul Soper
Updated April 2022