Julian has a genuine and energetic commitment to educational projects, regularly working with students of all ages in masterclasses and workshops. He was central to the launch of the Associated Board's jazz syllabus (which includes one of his own compositions, 'Allfarthing Blues').

A patron of the Jazz Development Trust (1998-2009), Julian is also currently a patron of The Firebird Trust and the Pembroke Academy of Music, an Ambassador for Youth Music and a member of Yamaha's Jazz Experience team. In January 2013 he opened his own Jazz Academy.

Julian regularly builds into his concert touring schedule time to work with local students and teachers. He has worked with children in schools across the UK, as well as in South Africa and India. He has also hosted masterclasses for jazz students at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Wigmore Hall as part of his concert series. His opera for children, Shadowball, was premiered in June 2010.


Julian Joseph and Mike Phillips’ compelling jazz opera tells the fast-paced story of Negro League baseball players and their jazz compatriots struggling to achieve their dreams in a time of segregation. Inspired by the era of Ellington and Armstrong, Joseph’s swinging score offers a lively evening of home runs, peanuts and Cracker Jack. Great fun for all the family!

For more info, educational packs and events, go to the Hackney Music Development Trust site.

Shadowball will be touring in 2012, with performances in London, Sheffield and Birmingham. See gigs page for more info.

Trinity Laban and the Julian Joseph Academy offer Summer 3 Day Jazz course for South London Young Musicians

Trinity Laban and The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy invite young musicians from 11-18 to join them for 3 days of jazz exploration during the summer holiday period. Successful applicants will be offered the opportunity to work alongside internationally acclaimed jazz star Julian Joseph, a team of top jazz musicians including Trevor Watkiss, Byron Wallen, Martin Speake and Steve Watts, JJJA alumni and Trinity Laban students. The sessions take place at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich from Tuesday 4 - Thursday 6 Aug 2015, 10am – 4pm.

For more info, click here.


TRENCH BROTHERS: A new award-winning HMDT commission that brings the First World War to life for primary school children through the experiences and personal stories of Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment and black British Soldiers. It commemorates their contributions using puppetry, music, artefacts and cross-curricular learning and culminates in performances of a new music theatre work by composers Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor and librettist Tertia Sefton-Green, enabling students to develop a creative, artistic response to the stories and immortalise the deeds of these forgotten soldiers.

For more info and educational tools, click here.

Julian will be taking a weekend workshop with the Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March 2014.
"I want to create an Academy that gets to the heart and power of Jazz through its roots and history. The infectious rhythm, melody and invention inspires in an environment of cooperation and encouragement. The Academy ’s mission is to be true to this great music." (Julian Joseph, Founder and Artistic Director)

The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy aims to provide young people with an amazing opportunity to work with some of the world's top jazz musicians, develop their creative talents and performance skills, and explore the roots and history of jazz.

The Academy, based at Haggerston School, London E2, opened its doors on Saturday 12 January. It will run every Saturday, from 2.00-5.00 pm during school term-times. Subsidies and bursaries are available.

For more info, click here.


Students from the JJJA will be joining forces with the Brass Band and Choir of the Centre for Young Musicians Hackney at London's Wigmore Hall on Saturday 18 May. Advance tickets (£5) available here (NB tickets will NOT be on sale on the door).



The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy will be hosting a 3-day Summer Camp at Haggerston School, Weymouth Terrace, London E2 8LS from Monday 29th to Wednesday 31 July. Students will have the chance to work with some of the world’s top jazz musicians to develop their creative talents and performance skills through exploring the American roots of jazz.

Real Jazz Notes – the art of improvisation
The Language of Truth - finding the voice of jazz
Jazz Democracy – discipline of the Sideman
Rhythmic Fundamentals – core principles of jazz
Jazz Roots and Legends – jazz through its history

With Julian Joseph, Trevor Watkis, Mark Mondesir, Mark Hodgson, Cleveland Watkiss and other special guests.

If you are an instrumentalist or vocalist aged 11-22 with a keen interest in jazz, apply here or call 020 8882 8825.


In the run-up to the opening of the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy in January 2013, Julian will be hosting three Taster Days in London on 30 September, 20 October and 11 November. For more info and an application form, click here.

Julian will be tutoring and performing at the Falmouth-Yamaha Jazz Summer School (20-24 August) on Friday 24 August. For more details, click here.
Julian will be judging the finals of the Yamaha Jazz Experience Competition on Monday 7 May at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. The event will take place between 1 & 3 pm on the Montpellier Gardens Free Stage. For more info, click here.
Julian's new dance suite, "The Brown Bomber", commissioned by London 2012's Cultural Olympiad, will be premiered in June at Sadler's Wells Theatre. The Hackney Music Development Trust has built in educational resources and activities to accompany the project. Click here for more info.
Julian will be giving a masterclass to Birmingham Conservatoire students at The Drum on Friday 25 May, 3.30-5 pm, ahead of the evening performance of "Shadowball". Click here for more details and tickets.
Shadowball Easter Baseball Camp for 8-12 year olds, 12-15 April, Hackney Downs, London, 10 am-12 pm. For more info and to sign up, call 020 8820 7410 or click here.
Julian will be on the judging panel for the Yamaha Jazz Experience Competition final in Cheltenham on Saturday 1 May. Click here for more details.
SHADOWBALL, Julian's new jazz opera commissioned by the Hackney Music Development Trust, with a libretto by Mike Phillips, is to premiere at the end of June. The opera, about the US Negro Baseball Leagues, involves young people in performance activities and promotes interest in the game whilst addressing issues of racism and descrimination.
Click here for more info.
Julian is performing with the 51st State Band at the Royal Festival Hall on 23 June as part of 'A Brighter Sound', hosted by Wandsworth School's Music. Click here to watch clips.
Yamaha have launched a wide-ranging new jazz education initiative, The Jazz Experience, involving teacher-training, school activities and live events with major input from Julian Joseph, Gwilym Simcock, Tim Garland and jazz educator Richard Michael.
A series of regional one day improvisation work shops will be led by Joseph, Simcock, Garland and Michael with contributions form Peter Ind while additional name players will be announced for subsequent training and master classes.
The scheme is aimed at secondary school classroom and instrumental teachers and is designed to give them the skills to encourage and teach pupils to learn improvisation and help showcase the best of this emerging talent at festivals and venues including the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s and the 606 club.
Julian will be leading workshops at the British Academy of New Music, London, on Saturday 21 March, the Blackwood Miners' Institute, Blackwood, Caerphilly, on Saturday 28 March and the Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham on Saturday 4 April.h
Check out the Yamaha Jazz Experience project on MySpace. Become a friend and leave a comment!
Click here to go to the Yamaha Jazz Experience website, or join the Yamaha Education Friends' teaching community.

The City of London Festival has released a new key-stage 3 web resource - George Bridgetower: Art, Liberty & Slavery, 1807 - which focuses on the life and times of the young black violin prodigy featured in Julian's new jazz opera, Bridgetower - A Fable of 1807.

The resource includes media and worksheets related to Bridgetower's life and career, his relationship with Beethoven, the late 18th-century slave trade and anti-slavery movement, as well as the wider social and political context of the time, and lessons on leading British cultural figures Josiah Wedgwood and William Blake, plus an interview with Julian about Bridgetower's music.

Lessons are available for download here or by mail order here.

Julian appeared with the Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra in March.
Julian judged the biennial Foundation Music Competition Winners Evening at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield, West Yorkshire in June.

Julian rehearsed and performed his special arrangement of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain in Manchester and London, in September and December. The Manchester concert also included a movement from his symphonic work, The Great Exception. Click here for pictures.

In May and September Julian hosted a weekend of workshops at the LSO, St Luke's in London, with guitarist (and member of Matthew Barley's 'Between The Notes') Paul Griffiths and the LSO Fusion Orchestra. The orchestra is made up of children aged between 9 and 14, on instruments including violin, cello, acoustic bass, piano and keyboards, drums and percussion, electronics, clarinet, baritone sax, alto sax, trumpet, xylophone, electric guitar and bass. 
In January, Julian hosted a workshop with the BBC Concert Orchestra, who were joined by the Western Area Youth Swing Band, the Mid Sussex Youth Jazz Band and jazz students from University College, Chichester. The workshop focused on big band jazz arrangements and compositions, with an emphasis on developing improvisation skills. Julian and his Trio then spent a day with students working on small-group improvisation.
In March, Julian presented the Samuel Jazz Cup to outstanding young alto saxophonist Oscar Blunson at Harrow School, London, and helped judge their annual Swing Band Competition.
In April, Julian was invited to present prizes at the Weekend Arts College's Annual Awards Ceremony. Click here for more info on Julian's time at WAC.
In May, Julian performed with the Royal Northern College of Music Big Band. The concert included his new arrangement of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue premiered at the City of London Festival in July 2003, and his commission for BBC Music Live 2004, 'A Ballade of Love'.
In June, Julian rehearsed and performed with the Dumfries Youth Jazz Group at The Big Gig at Birmingham Symphony Hall, and the Aylesbury Music Centre Big Band as part of the Tring Festival.
Julian hosted a 4-day masterclass for jazz pianists at the Ruhr Piano Festival, Essen, in July 2003, which culminated in a concert featuring the participants.

Julian contributed to Cool Keys, a jazz programme for schools made by BBC 2 and CBBC, nominated for the 2003 Children's BAFTA award. In the programme, Jools Holland introduces a variety of jazz styles and talks with well-known musicians from around the world including Julian. All educational demonstrations were also illustrated by Julian.

Cool Keys Packs can be obtained from:

Cool Keys, PO Box 50, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7EZ, or telephone 01937 840206 (price 24.99 including VAT and p&p, cheques payable to BBC Factual & Learning).

National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain, Manchester 2007

To find out more about Julian's educational projects, please contact James Joseph Music Management at info@jamesjoseph.co.uk or call 44 20 8874 8647.

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