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To all UJAM fans  - have a great summer 

- More events as they become firm - check the Calendar for music this summer in the city. 


UJAM Young All Stars!

The Universal Jazz Advocates and Mentors Society presents its Young All Stars!  at Hermann's Jazz Club on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:00 PM. Consisting of two groups of Greater Victoria's hottest aspiring jazz players, these musicians come from a variety of local middle and high schools to learn the art of jazz combo playing under the mentorship of the Island's biggest jazz stars.  Presenting mentor led arrangements of swing, latin, ballads, and funk styles in a repertoire that spans the traditional to the modern, these "Young Guns" represent the future of jazz music in our community and beyond!

Admission is free. Donations to the program are gratefully accepted.

'U-JAM Vocal Jazz Nights' provide amateur vocalists an opportunity to perform accompanied by a band and a local professional vocalist and/or vocal coach.  The Vocal Nights in fall 2015 will be announced here and in the calendar, assume at Hermann's Jazz Club See http://www.u-jam.ca/directory/vocal-jazz-nights for details. 

'Jazzin' With U-JAM' : provides adult musicians an opportunity to develop their musicianship under the guidance of local professional musicians.  Although the formal program is completed for this spring, participants are continuing to meet through the summer.  For more information on how to joine the group contact Bill Kent (email: billkentbass@gmail.com or call 250-655-1702).  New members always welcome! See http://www.u-jam.ca/directory/jazzin-with-u-jam for details.

'U-JAM Young All Stars' Young All Stars - Recent performances at Oak Bay Lodge and the Victorian Retirement Home are preparing the young musicians for their windup at Hermann's on June 16th.  Summer holidays will be briefly interrupted for a special performance at the Sooke Fine Art Show.  This  Young All Stars program provides middle and high school musicians an opportunity to develop their musicianship under the guidance of local professional musicians.  The Young Jazz All Stars meet each Saturday throughout the school year. See http://www.u-jam.ca/directory/young-all-stars for details.

 Jazz at the Gallery -'Quotes'

Q: How did you keep motivated as a young student?
Jennifer: "My push through all of that would have been the sheer love of the music - and - when you feel like you don't want to do anything else- then you know it's music for you"

Rene : "My father urged my to 'do it properly' ..so I went to UBC where I studied string bass [cos you couldn't study electric bass guitar.] If you have a good band teacher -thank them every day"

Bill:"There were tough years, but I focussed on the fun - my peers and some parents were into jazz. Go for the things you enjoy, play with those you like to play with and be inspired and motivated"

Audience member; "Oh - it's all about that voice - they are wonderful"

See News for notes on UJAM Vocal night -May 27th with Maureen Washington.