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How to Progress as an Emerging Jazz Artist

Tipping Point (Powered by Generator) and DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival are excited to announce a new collaboration in the form of a talent development masterclass focusing on Jazz and Jazz-influenced music creators!

Happening on Sunday, June 9th as part of DJAZZ’s festival programme, audiences will be able to attend an intimate Q&A with the following amazing speakers:

Jesse Barrett

Jesse is best known for his work as the drummer and percussionist with Mammal Hands… Described as ‘captivating, ethereal and majestic’, Mammal Hands have carved out a refreshingly original sound from a disparate array of influences: drawing on spiritual jazz, north Indian, folk and classical music to create something inimitably their own. Hailing from Norwich they have toured internationally and their hypnotic live shows have seen them hailed as one of the most exciting bands in Europe. The band signed to Matthew Halsall’s Gondwana Records – one of the best independent, Jazz- focused record labels in the world with offices in Berlin, London and Manchester. As well as mammal Hands, the label has released music by GoGo Penguin, Portico Quartet, Allysha Joy, Caoilfhionn Rose, Dwight Trible, Hania Rani, John Ellis, Matthew Halsall, Noya Rao, Phil France, STUFF and Sunda Arc.

Lucy Scott

Lucy is a creative producer and project manager who sits on the board of Manchester Jazz Festival and currently manages the Both Sides Now programme for Brighter Sound – a music and talent development charity based in Manchester. Developed in response to low levels of female representation across the music landscape, Both Sides Now is pushing the agenda forward for women in the North of England. The programme supports, inspires and showcases female music creators and industry professionals through an exciting programme of creative residencies, artistic commissions, training and events – with the aim of reframing perceptions, challenging stereotypes and influencing lasting change.

Lesley Jackson

Lesley is Executive Director of Jazz North – the Jazz sector support organisation for the North of England. As Executive Director, Lesley provides strategic leadership for the organisation in their aim of ensuring that northern Jazz artists and their creative practice are presented and showcased to national and international audiences in sympathetic environments which sustain their long term careers.

Moderator: Ged Robinson

Ged is head of talent development and the music programme at Generator. Over the last ten years Ged has worked for a range of major national music festivals, events, organisations and venues and currently specialises in supporting music creators to develop meaningful creative and professional progression opportunities.

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