Leeds College of Music in England will host the 2003 Leeds International Jazz Education Conference on April 4 and 5. Inspired by the International Assocation for Jazz Education’s conference held every year in different North-American locations, the Leeds conference is the only one of its kind in the U.K. and offers Brits and other Isle-dwelling jazz industry type to talk shop and hear what’s new during live performances.
Two themes will focus this year’s conference: “Jazz – A Way of Life,” a look at the influence of jazz on other aspects of culture and society, and “Jazz in Step,” an examination of the relationship between jazz and dance. Arts professors and writers from Europe and America including Nicholas Cook, Krin Gabbard, Robert O’Meally and Janice Wilson will explore the topics in conference lectures.
Musical performances by Didrik Ingvaldsen, Dave O’Higgins and the Jazzcotech Dancers, Christine Tobin, Andrea Vicari, Jason Yarde and an All Star Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz Band put together especially for the conference will provide entertainment and springboards into discussion.
All musicians, lecturers, teachers, students, journalists, broadcasters, promoters and anyone else with an interest in social and cultural history, jazz dance or jazz education are encouraged to attend. Contact Leeds College’s Tamsin Curror by phone at 0113 222 3454 or by e-mail at [email protected], or James Baxter (0113 222 3406; [email protected]) for more information.