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Review of Jazz in England

appg - all party parliamentary group

I’m pleased to announce that I’m on the Advisory Panel for the Review of Jazz in England commissioned by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG).

The Review has five questionnaires for jazz musicians, professionals in the jazz industry or jazz fans to be completed by midnight Monday 28 June 2021.

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Tap Dance Research Network UK (TDRN UK)

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“TDRN UK provides a space for researchers, artists, academics, and practitioners to share knowledge, information, and research around Tap Dance.”

I joined the steering committee from its initial formation in May 2019.

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The Rezidents

The Rezidents

The Rezidents is led by bassist and composer Gary Crosby, co-founder of the jazz development organisation Tomorrow’s Warriors.

Professional musicians who have a link to Tomorrow’s Warriors reconnect and make music together in a relaxed and collaborative way.

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Associate Artist at ACA Residency 169

GoFundMe Associate Artist ACA Residency 169, Florida, USA

Support Annette Walker’s continuing professional development project. She’s been accepted as an Associate Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts’s Residency 169 and requires further financial assistance towards the costs.

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Piano lessons: I-Play Music Centre

I-Play Music

From September 2016 I’ll be starting my first teaching piano/keyboard lessons at I-Play Music centre in Surrey. After many early years of classical piano study and later years studying and playing jazz, pop, gospel and other styles I’m excited to be able to pass on and share my growing knowledge and experience to others.

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Old Kent Road Tap Dance Company

Old Kent Road Tap Dance Company, photo from Brighton Festival Gala Sept 2015

Watch the promo video of Old Kent Road’s Fall Out following our debut performance at The Place’s Resolution! in February 2015.

For more information about the company please visit Avalon Rathgeb’s contact page

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CB Johnson Big Band (previously WTW Big Band)

CB Johnson directing the WTW Big Band, Arlington Sq, 2013

2020 update: The WTW Big Band was renamed the CB Johnson Big Band in 2019 in honour of the late CB “Cool” Johnson who was the Music Director for many years and an integral member of the music community. CB was a kind and generous musician and facilitator that generated a safe and nurturing environment for new and existing musicians alike and will be greatly missed. RIP CB.

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Keyboard player for Myke Masters Band

I joined the funky, jazz fusion Myke Masters Band (MMB). My first event with MMB – Myke Master Band Clinic – is 1.30-3.30pm on WEDNESDAY 4th November 2015 at the Hideaway Jazz Club in southwest London.

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Gigs galore: Film, Circus, Music and Tap dance

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Is it possible for me to learn a piano Latin jazz number, based on a Oscar Peterson version, and two songs in time for the debut performance of a new tap company? How about trying my hand at compering for a circus cabaret? Now seems like a good time to take on my first ever physically demanding, feature film job. And while I’m at it, why not throw in a couple of solo guest featured tap dance gigs? Let’s not forget about learning and playing the keyboard in a band for a music gig at the RFH. All in just over one month? Go!

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Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts (2015)

February and March 2015 saw 2 Ellington Sacred Concerts just a week a part. Given that this is not a regularly performed concert and that I had only ever done one before it was a very unusual occurrence. Given that they fell in what became an insanely busy month here’s a little account of how they went.

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