On BBC Radio 3’s Jazz On 3 programme of some highlights from this year’s trade fair and festival Jazz Ahead!, held as always in Bremen, Germany, host Jez Nelson observed that British jazz was under-represented.
And it’s true. I know there are loads of reasons for this, not least the inferior jazz infrastructure and lack of establishment support for the music in this country, but nevertheless British jazz needs to be a little less insular because, ironically, it just might be that by acquiring more stature and recognition abroad, it might acquire the same things back at home.
So with that in mind, let me alert you to the fact that applications are now open for Jazz Ahead! 2016. It’s not quite as simple as just applying – it needs the band/musician to be registered as an exhibitor or proposed by an exhibitor or, new for this year, by a professional participant at Jazz Ahead!.
I’m not sure if Jazz Services and/or the Jazz Promotion Network have plans in this regard. Or maybe one of the jazz educational institutions in this country would like to get involved? Time for talking to one another and getting organised, instead of the usual bemoaning our sorry lot, I reckon.
- The application deadline is 10 November and the details are here.