Some Jazz Juniors interviewed by Dutch National News (Een Vandaag, Ned 1) after a performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival with the Dutch National Youth Jazz Orchestra conducted by Peter Guidi, July 2009
The Jazz Juniors directed by Peter Guidi with Benjamin Herman as guest soloist on alto sax in the Main Hall of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, June 2010
The Jazz Kidz directed by Peter Guidi appearing at the North Sea Jazz Festival For Kids July, 2010
Peter's Jazz Juniors at the Junior Jazz festival in Langnau, Switzerland July 2010
Peter conducting the Jazz Focus Big Band winners 1st Prize in the National Prinses Christina Big Band Competition November 2010
The Jazz Focus Big Band performing in the new DeLaMar Theater Amsterdam. May, 2012
Peter's Jazz Juniors during the European EMU Music Festival in Teatro Astra, Misano Adriatico, Italy. May 2012
Peter's Jazz Kidz winners of the AMP, Amsterdam Muziekscholen Prize, June 2012
Peter's Jazz Juniors performing on the Dam Square during Sinterklaas celebrations, November 2012
The Jazz Focus Big Band winners of the Royal Big Band Battle held in the Zaantheater on the Coronation Day of King Willem-Alexander, April, 2013
Click on the link below and watch a video of Peter's prize-winning Jazz Juniors playing Charlie Parker's 'Crazeology' at the Langnau Jazz Festival in Swtzerland. These young musicians really swing and clearly enjoy the music.
Click below to see a video and interviews with the Junior Swing during the North Sea Jazz Festival For Kids on the web site of the national newspaper De Volkskrant.
Click below to see a video and interviews of the Jazz Juniors made during the North Sea Jazz Festival For Kids by national Dutch televisions' youth news program Het Jeugdjournaal.
Over the years the MSA Jazzmania and Jazzfocus big bands the Jazz Juniors , Jazz Kidz and the Jazz Generation have won a total of EIGHTY TWO prizes in national and international big band competitions.
The Jazz Juniors Prize List:
DE PUBLIEKSPRIJS: the top award at the 'Amsterdam Music Schools Ensemble Competition', June 2003
DE LICHTE MUZIEK PRIJS: the 1st prize in the light music category at the Amsterdam Music Schools Ensemble Competition, July 2004
1st PRIZE: 'Princes Christina Jazz Concours', Category 1, November 2004
DE GROTE ENSEMBLE PRIJS: the top prize in the 'Amsterdam Music School Ensemble Competition', July 2005
GROTE PRIJS: top award in the 'Gala Jong Talent Verzekerd', December 2005
DE LICHTE MUZIEK PRIJS: the 1st prize in the light music category at the Amsterdam Music Schools Ensemble Competition, July 2006
DE GROTE ENSEMBLE PRIJS: the top prize in the 'Amsterdam Music School Ensemble Competition', July 2005
THE GROTE PRIJS: top award in the 'Gala Jong Talent Verzekerd', December 2005
2nd PRIZE: 'PRINCESS CHRISTINA JAZZ CONCOURS', Category 1, November 2008
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR BEST ENSEMBLE: Concertgebouw Talent Competition, June, 2009
1st PRIZE: 1st prize in their category at the Amsterdam Music Schools Ensemble Competition, July 2011
In total bands under Peter Guidi have won EIGHTY ONE prizes. For a complete list click here.
The Jazz Juniors perform every year at school functions which include appearances at the Paradiso, the Meervaart and the Dag v.d. Muziek.
In April 1993 members of the Jazz Juniors appeared on the VPRO T.V. children's programme 'Villa Achterwerk'.
During 1994 the Workshop performed at the Paradiso, the Amsterdam Stopera, the Tropen Instituut, and the 'Workshop Festival' in Sneek.
In 1995 the Juniors performed on VPRO Radio for the 'Ongehoord' project in Utrecht.
In 1995 performances by the juniors also included the Meervaart, the Dag v.d. Muziek at the Stopera, and participation in the programme of the Amsterdam Freedom Celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.
In April 1996 members of the Workshop appeared on NCRV TV's 'Goeiemiddag' programme.
In Feb 1998 members of the Jazz Juniors, together with members from Jazz Workshop III, took part in the NCRV Radio programme 'Passie - Geef jong talent een kans'.
In May 1999 one of the groups (the Joris Roelofs Quartet) appeared on the IKON T.V. youth programme 'Fast Forward'.
In February 2000 the Jazz Juniors performed at the 'Grote Muziek Dag' in the Doelen Theater Rotterdam. The performance was broadcast live on the NCRV Radio programme 'Passie'.
In April 2000 the 'Joris Roelofs Quintet' appeared at the 'Jazz Festival 2000' in Budapest, Hungary. A festival dedicated to young jazz talent and to jazz education at the pre-conservatory level.
In 2001 the Jazz Juniors appeared at the BIM Huis, Amsterdam's temple of jazz, the Dr. Sarphati Huis and at the Bijlmermeer.
In 2002 the Jazz Juniors was invited to play at the North Sea Jazz Festival and became one of the youngest bands ever to play there. After a very busy year, which included the Princess Christina Concours, a concert in the Bim Huis, being chosen as finalists in the Amsterdam Music School Prize, and a special program of South African music in Den Haag, the Juniors played with heart and soul in the North Sea Jazz Festival and received an enthusiastic reception from the audience. Parts of the concert were also recorded for the NOS T.V. JEUGD JOURNAAL (the Dutch t.v. children's Newsreel) and were broadcast the same evening along with interviews from the band members.
In January 2003 the Juniors played at the Amsterdam Jazz Conservatory's Open Day, confirming the ever stronger link between the Jazz Conservatory and the Jazz Department of the music school. In May they performed at the Amsterdam Oosterpark Festival and four of the Juniors performed with the 'Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw' for a live radio broadcast celebrating 30 years of the leading Dutch jazz radio program TROS 'Sesjun'. In June they performed at the Vondel Park open air pavillion, in the Oosterpark Festival, the Theater Souterijn and at their annual concert in the renowned BIM Huis. In the same month the Jazz Juniors won the Publieksprijs, the top award at the Amsterdam Music School Ensemble Competition. The Juniors also performed at a lecture and demonstration given by Peter Guidi on the subject of Pre-Conservatory Jazz Education at the first meeting of the IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz) held in The Hague Jazz Conservatory in October.
In 2004 the Juniors were once again finalists in the Amsterdam Music Schools Ensemble Competition where they won the Lichte Muziek Prijs the 1st prize in the light music category. The Juniors also performed in the Oosterpark Festival and at a special childrens event in Amsterdam's famous Anne Frank Huis. Members of the Juniors will also be performing with the Jazzmania big band at the North Sea Jazz Festival. They also appeared on 'Zappelin' the Dutch children's television channel. In November they recorded a cd for the Music School as part of the Lichte Muziek Prijs the 1st prize in the light music category. In November the Juniors won the 1st prize in Category 1 at the prestigious Princes Christina Jazz Concours, which includes a performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2005 - plus a master class from Justin di Cioccio of the Manhatten School of Music.
In 2005 the Juniors performed at the
Liberation Day Festival on the Museumplein, Amsterdam. In July they
won the 'Grote Ensemble Prijs', the top award in the Amsterdam
Music Schools Ensemble Competition. In July they also performed at
the 'Gigs For Kids' program during the North Sea
Jazz Festival a part of which was broadcast on the NOS Jeugdjournaal,
the Dutch television news program for children and teenagers. In
July the Juniors also performed in the Junior Jazz Festival
in Langnau, Switzerland which was so appreciated by the jazz
educators present that they invited the Juniors to perform at the IAJE
Conference in New York. In order to get sponsorship
for the trip they appeared in October on the popular, prime-time Paul
de Leeuw Show (Mooi Weer De Leeuw) on VARA
t.v. In December the Jazz Juniors won the 'Grote Prijs',
the top award in the 'Gala Jong Talent Verzekerd'.
In January 2006 the Juniors presented their first cd "It's Cookin'' in front of a packed BIM Huis. The cd is receiveing great reviews which state that the Jazz Juniors are Holland's best ambassadors for jazz music - click here to read the review and article (in Dutch). Also in January the Juniors appeared on NPS Arena, Dutch televisions' arts program. In March the band performed at the huge Poetry and Arts Festival in the Vredenburg Theater, Utrecht. Several articles have been written about the band this year including in the Dutch 'Fluit' music magazine, the 'Kinder Krant' childrens' newspaper and a full page article in the Dutch national newspaper 'Het Parool'. In July the Juniors were once again invited to play at the Junior Jazz Festival in Langnau, Switzerland. In September the Juniors also appeared live on AT5 television while performing at the Seven Bridges Jazz Festival in Amsterdam. They also performed at the Laren Singer Jazz Festival during the same month.
In June 2007 the Jazz Juniors appeared on the Dutch national t.v. program De Werelrd Draait Door. Also in June they appeared in the famous BIM Huis jazz venue in Amsterdam as well as being selected for the final of the AMP Music School Ensemble prize. In July the Juniors appeared together with the younger group Junior Swing and the teenage group the Jazz Generation in the North Sea Jazz Festival For Kids. A special item was broadcast about the Juniors on the Jeugdjournaal, Dutch national televisions' youth news program. A video of the Junior Swing was also recorded live for the national newspaper De Volkskrant's video web site (click on the links below to see these and other recordings of the bands). In September the two youngest bands the Junior Swing and the Jazz Juniors performed at the prestigious Laren Singer Jazz Festival and the Jazz Genration at Amsterdams' famous Seven Bridges Festival.
In February 2008 the Jazz Focus and JazzMania big bands started a series in the Toomler Club in Amsterdam. In March Peters' students won 2 first prizes in the Amsterdam Music Schools Cmpetition bringing the total of prizes won by the ensembles and students of the Jazz Workshops to 46. Also in March Peter began work on the formation of the first Dutch National Jazz Youth Orchestra a project financed and supported by the Dutch Union (NTB) and various national subsidy funds. In May Peter's top big band the Jazzmania big band won the 1st prize in the Dutch National Big Band Competition held during the Meer Jazz Festival. In addition two of the band members won best soloist prizes bringing the tottal of prizes won by Peter's bands to fifty. In June Peter organized the Young Talent Stage during the IJAZZ Festival in Amsterdam which comprised a five hour program of young jazz talent between the ages of 9 and 21. In July Peter's teenage group the Jazz Generation were invited once again to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival For Kids. In September the Jazzmania big band was invited to perform at the Divino Jazz Festival in Torre del Greco, Naples, Italy. On the 19th October the Jazzmania Big Band celebrated its 20th anniversary in the BIM Huis, Hollands' Temple Of Jazz. Together with the Jazz Focus big band and special guest soloists Jazzmania played to a packed house and performed a great concert in what was an unforgettable evening. Much of the concert was filmed and will appear shortly on the Intrernet, including Youtube. In November the Jazzmania big band and Jazz Focus big bands both won the 1st Prizes in their respective categories in the 3rd International Big Band Competition in Kerkrade. In the Princess Christina Jazz Competition that same month the bands from the Jazz department collected no less than four prizes iuncluding a 1st Prize for the Jazz Focus Big band, a 2nd prize for the Jazz Juniors and the Publics Prize also went to the Jazz Focus Big band.
In March 2009 Peter Guidi organized the Jazz In Paradise concert with four of his prize winning bands performing in Amsterdams' Paradiso concert podium. In 2009 Peter started a series of national auditions as director of the first Dutch National Youth Jazz Orchestra which included members of the Jazz Juniors as guest future jazz talents.Between May and June Peters' students and bands won a total of six prizes in jazz and music Compertitions bringing the total of prizes to sixty nine. In November he recorded two CD's with his ensembles in the Mirasound Studios, Amersfoort. 'Twistin' with the Jazz Juniors and 'The Award Winners' with his ensemble from the Junior Jazz College of the Amsterdam Conservatory.
In June 2010 the Jazz Juniors performed with guest soloist saxophonist Benjamin Herman in the large hall of the renowned Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In July Peter performed with both the Jazz Kidz and the Jazz Juniors at the North Sea Jazz Festival For Kids. In the same month he travelled with the Jazz Juniors to participate in the Junior Jazz Festival, in Langnau, Switzerland.
In 2011 the Jazz Juniors won the first prize in the Amsterdam Music Schools Ensemble Competition. The Juniors also took part in the 'Jazz In Paradise' in the prestigious Paradiso venue in Amsterdam.
In May 2012 the Jazz Juniors too part in the European Union EMU Youth Music Festival in Ferrara, Italy. In June the bands played throughout Amsterdam during the iLike Music Festival, including the Dam Square and the Heineken Square (see photo gallery for pictures). Following in the footsteps of the Juniors at the end of June the Jazz Kidz won a 1st Prize in the AMP Music Prize 2012.
In September the Juniors were invited to perform at the TED Amsterdam congress in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Later that month the Jazz Juniors performed at the Junior Jazz Festival held in Delft. In November the Jazz Juniors performed for the arrival of Sinterklaas on the Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam.
All the Jazz Workshops appear every year at the 'MA JAZZAVOND' held in the BIM Huis Amsterdam's famous 'Temple of Jazz'.
Click on the link below and watch a video of Peter's prize-winning Jazz
Juniors playing Charlie Parker's 'Crazeology' at the Langnau
Jazz Festival in Swtzerland. These young musicians really swing and
sure know how to have fun playing jazz.
The Jazz Juniors on Youtube: Live in Langnau - Crazeology
Click below to see a video and
interviews with the Junior Swing during the North Sea
Jazz Festival For Kids on the web site of the national newspaper De
Video of the Junior Swing on the Volkskrant web site.
Click below to see a video and interviews of the Jazz Juniors made during
the North Sea Jazz Festival For Kids by national
Dutch televisions' youth news program Het Jeugdjournaal.
The Jazz Juniors on Het Jeugdjournaal
THE GOALS OF THE JAZZ
• To give serious students and part-timers of all ages the possibility to learn and appreciate jazz music in a relaxed but motivated environment. ‘Jazz is fun, but serious fun!’
• To offer students the possibility of making collective music in an ensemble and big band setting, while encouraging their individual development as soloists. Jazz music is one of the few art forms where students are required to interact with each other as part of a team, and at the same time are expected to be highly individualistic as soloists. This combination of team-spirit and individual self-expression can be a useful experience for people of all ages, whether they intend to make a career out of playing jazz music or not.
• To provide an environment in which students can put theory into practise as early as possible.
• To offer a wide range of workshops at different levels offering both serious students and part-timers the opportunity to develop their talents with students musicians of their own level.
• To teach the history and stylistic development of jazz music through the use of audio and video material. This provides an opportunity for students to learn the historical context of each stage in the development of jazz and the important historical connections between different jazz styles.
• To offer part-timers the opportunity of gaining a deeper appreciation of jazz music as well as providing jazz enthusiasts with a much better understanding of jazz. In this way we help to create the ‘educated jazz audience’ of the future.
• To provide serious students with a broad jazz education ranging from individual lessons to theory, ensembles and big bands as preparation for the entrance exams to the Jazz Conservatories.
Participants do not have to be students at the Muziekschool Amsterdam or living in Amsterdam to join the workshops.
THE JAZZ WORKSHOPS
The Jazz Workshops consist of five workshops and two big bands for players of different age groups. The workshops are interconnected allowing students to progress naturally from one level to the next. The system offers the unique opportunity for young students to start at the Junior Jazz Workshop level and progress through the system to the highest level represented by Jazz Workshop III and the Jazzmania big band. Having completed this final level students have acquired the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to take entrance exams to any of the Netherlands Jazz Conservatories. The Jazz Department of the Muziekschool Amsterdam consists of the following workshops:
Jazz Kidz................................9 to 11 years of
Jazz Juniors...........................11 to 13 years of age
Jazz Generation.....................13 to 17 years of age
Jazz Workshop I......................all ages
Jazz Workshop II.....................idem
Jazz Workshop III....................idem
The Jazz Focus Big Band..........all ages
The Jazzmania Big Band........idem
The Jazz Kidz consists of students between 9 and 11 years of age.Seeing the great success the Jazz Juniors has had over the years and the amount of young enthusiastic players wishing to join, it was decided in 2006 to add another and slightly younger band to the educational system. The Junior Swing have only just started but are already flying high and swinging. They will also be performing together with all the other bands of the Jazz Workshops at the famous BIM Huis jazz venue (the Dutch 'Temple of Jazz'). Following in the footsteps of the Jazz juniors the Jazz Kidz have also won 1st Prizes in competitions:
1st PRIZE: 'Amsterdam Music Schools Ensemble Competition', June 2009
1st PRIZE: 'Amsterdam Music Schools Ensemble Competition', June 2012
The Jazz Juniors Workshop consists of students between 11 and 13 years of age. The only qualifications necessary are basic note reading skills and a reasonable command of the most common major scales. The repertoire consists of major and minor blues together with simple modal tunes taken from the jazz standard repertoire. In order to encourage the juniors to improvise, a repertoire is chosen that is comfortably within the capabilities of the young players. The repertoire is progressively challenging but also fun to play. Included in the curriculum are explanations of jazz ensemble playing, jazz improvisation, jazz phrasing and basic chord structure. The workshop consists of wind instruments and a complete rhythm section providing the juniors with an early opportunity to experiment with solo improvisation in a live ensemble setting. One lesson (1½ hours) each term is reserved for the study of jazz history through the use of audio and video material. Once the maximum age of 15 years has been reached it is possible for students from the Junior Jazz Workshop to continue their musical education by advancing to the Jazz Generation.
The Jazz Generation has the same function as the Jazz Juniors but is intended for students between 13 and 17 years of age. This workshop is for players who are absolute beginners in jazz improvisation. In this workshop beginners can learn the basics of improvisation theory and practise. The youngr jazz students are made to feel comfortable with improvisation and are encouraged to dare to take those all important first steps. Once the members reach the age of 15 they can progress up the workshop ladder to Jazz Workshop I.
The Jazz Workshops I & II are for students of all ages above 15 years who have at least 3 years individual lessons on their respective instrument. A good command of major and minor scales and a basic knowledge of chord construction are recquired. Familiarity with the blues form is preferable, but not essential. The workshops consist of a complete rhythm section and various wind instruments which are divided into separate sections affording the student a practical introduction to the principles of ensemble and big band playing. The repertoire for each workshop is geared to the level of its members. It is from Jazz Workshops I & II that students are selected for the ‘Jazzfocus’ Big Band, where students are given their first opportunity to play in a classic big band formation (4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxes, 4 rhythm section). When the workshop leader determines that students have completed the course it is possible for them to advance to the highest level, Jazz Workshop III.
Jazz Workshop III represents the top level of the jazz workshops system. Entrance to Jazz Workshop III is available to members advancing from Jazz Workshop II and also to new students older than 15 years of age who have studied their instrument for a minimum of four years. New students are expected to have a very good technical command of their instrument and should be familiar with the principles of chord construction and jazz harmony. In Jazz Workshop III more complex harmonic structures, together with advanced improvisational techniques, are analysed in depth. The result is an opportunity for the serious student to play a more technically demanding repertoire, and to analyse and play more challenging chord sequences. As this workshop represents the highest level of the Jazz Department, it is from this workshop that members of the M.S.A. ‘Jazzmania’ Big Band are selected. At this point students are ready to either further their education at one of the Dutch Jazz Conservatories, or to continue their own jazz studies independently.
The ‘Jazzfocus’ big band is set up in the classic big band formation of 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxes and 4 rhythm. It is a training ground where students of all ages can learn the ins and outs of big band playing. The repertoire is selected from the historical big band repertoire and ranges from early Duke Ellington to recent arrangements of modern compositions. After serving their apprenticeship in the ‘Jazzfocus’ big band, students can graduate to the ‘Jazzmania’ Big Band. Whenever the ‘Jazzmania’ goes on tour, or performs at special events, selected teenagers from the ‘Jazzfocus’ are always invited to join the band as guest soloists. In this way they can share the experience and fun of being ‘on the road’, and learn much from playing with the more experienced musicians of the ‘Jazzmania’. The Jazz Focus has won eight 1st prizes in national and international big band competitions. For a list of these prizes go to the Jazz Focus home page or click here for a list of the SEVENTY SIX pizes the jazz department bands have won.
The M.S.A. ‘Jazzmania’ Big Band is the final step in the educational system of the jazz department of the M.S.A. As well as peforming own compositions and arrangements, the repertoire consists mainly of material taken from the most important phases of big band history. Beginning with compositions from Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton, the repertoire follows the historical development of the big band through the music of Count Basie and Woody Herman to Thad Jones and the modern arrangers of today. Throughout the years the big band has been very active in the Amsterdam and Netherlands cultural scene. The Jazzmania Big Band has performed at school, city and national functions and has taken part in national and international festivals and competitions. In twenty years the band has won no less than twenty eight prizes. To see a list of the Jazzmania prizes, recordings and a complete list of the band’s activities, prizes and achievements go to the Jazzmania big band page or click here for a list of the SEVENTY SIX pizes the jazz department bands have won.
The Jazz Workshops and Big Bands perform every year at jazz festivals, workshop festivals, cultural events, school functions, and at the ‘JAZZ AVOND’ held each year in the prestigious BIM HUIS, Amsterdam - Holland’s top jazz venue.
In total bands under Peter Guidi have won EIGHTY ONE prizes. For a complete list click here.
Visit some of the groups' web sites:
Jazzmania Big Band home page
See the Jazzmania big band site for more photos, samples, and repertoire list.
Jazzfocus Big Band home page
Visit the Jazzfocus big band site for more info, photos and gig list.
Jazz Juniors home page
Visit the web site the kids put together themselves - all sorts of fun stuff here, including interesting photos and information.