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Yamaha and Jazz FM team up to inspire lapsed musicians

Daniel Gumble
Yamaha and Jazz FM team up to inspire lapsed musicians

Yamaha and Jazz FM have once again teamed up to inspire lapsed musicians with their Replay Project.

Following the success of last year’s Replay Project, Yamaha and Jazz FM are now offering lapsed players the opportunity to perform at the Love Supreme jazz festival.

Organisers are currently seeking adult amateurs who play saxophone, trumpet or trombone. Those chosen to be part of the band will be professionally coached by Pete Long, director of the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band. Rehearsals will take place in a central London location in May and June before the Festival takes place on July 1st-3rd 2016.

The 2015 Replay Project inspired several high-profile supporters to become patrons, including musicians Jamie Cullum, Jools Holland and Julian Joseph, along with comedian, TV presenter and a lapsed musician Alexander Armstrong.
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"I am really happy to support the Jazz FM Yamaha Replay Project,” said Cullum. “Music has always been and still is a passionate hobby for me.   If making music is your hobby the Replay Project allows you to discover and rediscover the joys of being in a band. So, lapsed musicians, pick up your instruments, get playing."

Armstrong added: "I'm delighted to be part of the Yamaha Jazz FM Replay Project. As a lapsed musician who has recently re-taken up the oboe and saxophone I know only too well what the rewards are of revisiting talents of a previous stage of life. It's amazing how quickly you pick things up second time around AND the speedy progress you make when studying as an adult rather than a teenager.”

“Replay is a brilliant opportunity for people who have given up playing to pick up their instrument again and potentially become a member of the Replay big band at Love Supreme,” commented Holland. “I’m particularly pleased that this project is all about brass players as we need more of them on the scene- Good Luck to everyone that applies."

Meanwhile, Joseph said: “It's a blessing for me to be involved with Replay to encourage opportunities for budding musicians to rejoin in the adventure of music making. Truly one of the most rewarding endeavours in life is to play an instrument and to share that with others so I look forward in anticipation to seeing things unfold and hearing the results.”

For full details on how to enter and to see last’s year’s Replay Project band performing at Love Supreme, go to www.jazzfm.com/replayers.

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