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Call out for musicians: Brighter Sound and Band on the Wall announce Jazz Directors Series #001 with US Jazz superstar Terence Blanchard. Find out more & apply…

Jazz Directors Series: Terence Blanchard – closed
4th July 2016

Call out for musicians: Brighter Sound and Band on the Wall announce Jazz Directors Series #001 with US Jazz superstar Terence Blanchard. Find out more & apply…

Brighter Sound and Band on the Wall are thrilled to announce that US jazz superstar, composer, and producer Terence Blanchard will be leading our first ever Jazz Directors Series.

Since top-tier jazz and multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career with his eponymous Columbia Records album in 1991, the New Orleans-born and –based artist has travelled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material. With this new project, Terence will team up with some of the UK’s most remarkable emerging musicians.

We are looking for 13 young professional jazz and ‘crossover’ musicians to form the first ever Inner City Ensemble. Over one week from Sun 11 – Sun 18 September the newly formed group will rehearse and perform specially written arrangements of original works by Blanchard and musicians with whom he has worked in the course of his extraordinary career.

For Jazz Directors Series #001 with Terence Blanchard we are looking for emerging professionals aged over 18 who play to a very high standard (graduate and above) with excellent reading skills and who work in jazz and related ‘crossover’ genres. This is a paid professional engagement.


The Inner City Ensemble will be:

  • Piano*
  • Bass*
  • Drums*
  • Guitar*
  • Trumpet*
  • Trombone*
  • Tuba
  • French Horn
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet*
  • Bass Clarinet*
  • Saxophone*

(*Jazz specialisation necessary including reading and improvisation skills).


Application Information

Applicants must:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • play one or more of the instruments listed to a high professional standard (graduate level and above)
    be a fluent music notation reader
  • either be a jazz specialist demonstrating a high level of improvisation skill and versatility (instruments marked with * on list above)
  • or be a versatile classical or commercial musician who is comfortable playing in a variety of jazz idioms (oboe, flute, french horn, tuba)
  • be available for the whole rehearsal and performance period

Dates: Sun 11 – Sun 18 Sept 2016

Residency: Sun 11 – Weds 14 Sept 2016

Tour: Thurs 15 – Sun 18 Sept 2016

Applicants must be available to travel to and stay in Manchester for the whole week from Sun 11 – Mon 19 Sept 2016. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered where appropriate (see below).


Successful applicants will be informed by Fri 5 Aug.


  • Each person will receive £650 plus expenses.


  • Return travel to Manchester from your location (if required), arriving on Sun 11 Sept, departing on Mon 19 Sept, or after final performance on Sun 18 Sept if preferred (times to be confirmed).
  • Accommodation in Manchester (if required) for eight nights from Sun 11 – Mon 19 Sept.
  • Return transport from Manchester to each venue.

If you wish to apply for a place in the Inner City Ensemble on the Jazz Directors Series #1 with Terence Blanchard please complete an application form online.



Jazz Directors Series #001 Schedule

Sun 11 Sept:

Arrival in Manchester (travel costs reimbursed).

Residency day 1 (afternoon and evening times to be confirmed)

Mon 12 Sept:

Residency day 2

Tues 13 Sept:

Residency day 3

Weds 14 Sept:

Residency day 4

Thurs 15 Sept:

Rehearsal-soundcheck and performance at Band on the Wall, Manchester

Fri 16 Sept:

Travel to Warrington

Rehearsal-soundcheck and performance at Parr Hall

Return to Manchester

Sat 17 Sept:

Travel to Bradford

Rehearsal-soundcheck and performance at Bradford Playhouse

Return to Manchester

Sun 18 Sept:

Travel to Kendal

Rehearsal-soundcheck and performance at Brewery Arts Centre

Return to Manchester

Mon 19 Sept:

Leave Manchester (travel costs reimbursed).


Further information

The Jazz Directors Series is a new two-year residency and touring project which brings together emerging UK professional jazz musicians with an internationally revered Jazz Director.

Each edition comprises of a four-day residency produced by Brighter Sound and a corresponding tour of live concerts produced by Band on the Wall.

Each tour is a collaboration between Band on the Wall and four other independent jazz promoters based across the north of England who will be mentored by the established regional promoter and producer ‘Root Music’.

The residency musicians form the Inner City Ensemble, a changing group of emerging professionals who will apply for the positions identified by each Jazz Director with the support of Brighter Sound and Jazz North.

For more information about the Jazz Directors Series please contact Tim Chatterton at Brighter Sound on info@brightersound.com or call 0161 830 3899.

The Jazz Directors Series is produced and delivered by Brighter Sound and Band on the Wall in partnership with Parr Jazz, Lancaster Jazz Festival, Brewery Arts Centre, DJ Lubi, Root Music, with support from Jazz North.

Supported by Arts Council England.