At the beginning of August, three talented UK students – Luca Manning (vocals), Harrison Dolphin (guitar) and Anmol Mohara (drums) – flew off to sunny California for a week of intensive jazz-making at the University of the Pacific as part of this year’s Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony. They joined students from across the globe who all came together to learn from a faculty of distinguished jazz musicians including this year’s UK tutor, the wonderful saxophonist, composer and educator Tim Garland.
The students’ days would begin with a morning clinic on a variety of topics presented by faculty members, followed by a rehearsal in their combo groups under the supervision of two tutors per group, during which the students prepared for their final concert at the end of the week. Their afternoons followed a similar schedule of insightful clinics and rehearsals. Most evenings there was a jam session at the nearby Take 5 Jazz Club where faculty members joined forces with the students to create thrilling jazz performances for the local audience. One jam a day wasn’t quite enough for these eager jazzers however, as the majority also took part in a late-night jam back at the University most evenings. The week led up to the final concert on the last night, during which each combo group performed a 20-30 minute set (which of course included a Dave Brubeck tune!) showing off what they had learnt throughout the week.
UK Tutor Tim Garland said “There was a clear sense of community and co-operative improvement amongst the Colonists. They were exposed to a variety of teaching styles and opinions which enriched their understanding of the music and gave them an opportunity to work with very experienced musicians… The opportunity to rehearse and perform over a sustained and concentrated period with international peers is invaluable and unique in this age group.”
UK Colonist Anmol Mohara said “I have had the privilege to study with 12 top jazz musicians everyday for a week which was amazing in terms of the amount of information I was gaining which is difficult to find elsewhere and I would definitely encourage other musicians to be a part of it as it is a great lifetime experience.”
We are very jealous of the amazing experience had by all involved. Well done Luca, Harrison and Anmol, and big thanks to the Eranda Rothschild Foundation for their help to support these talented young musicians. Bring on 2019!