Jazz tour with Zoe Rahman – deadline extended

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The deadline to apply for the opportunity to tour with pianist Zoe Rahman has been extended until Monday 28 August at midnight. Find out more and apply…

Jazz tour with Zoe Rahman - deadline extended
10th August 2017

The deadline to apply for the opportunity to tour with pianist Zoe Rahman has been extended until Monday 28 August at midnight. Find out more and apply…

The deadline to apply for the opportunity to tour with pianist Zoe Rahman has been extended until Monday 28 August at midnight.


Applications are open until Monday 28 August for emerging professional jazz musicians to form the Inner City Ensemble, which will perform works composed and recorded by Rahman, including never-before-heard arrangements of tunes from her album Dreamland.

The paid one-week tour will take place from 15 to 22 October 2017 as part of Brighter Sound and Band on the Wall’s acclaimed Jazz Directors Series.

Known as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene, Rahman has worked with the likes of George Mraz, Courtney Pine and Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra. She was previously nominated for the Mercury Prize and won the prestigious UK Parliamentary Jazz Award.

The ensemble will be made up of double bass, drums, flute (doubling on alto flute), clarinet, trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone and tuba. Applicants must be aged over 18 and play to a high standard, with excellent improvisation and reading skills. In particular, applicants who are familiar with drum & bass, afro-beat and township jazz styles are encouraged to apply.

“I’m really looking forward to working with open-minded improvising artists who have a strong grounding in jazz, a deep sense of groove and who like to listen to a wide range of musical styles. There will be opportunities for all of the musicians to shine individually as well as contribute to the ensemble as a whole. Hopefully the project will be challenging, rewarding and above all fun for all of us.” – Zoe Rahman

Brighter Sound and Band on the Wall are committed to greater cultural diversity and pluralism within our residencies and wider activity, and strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates. All applications are judged primarily on musical merit. This is a paid professional engagement.



Application Information

Applicants must: 

  • be over 18 years of age
  • play one or more of the following instruments to a high professional standard (graduate equivalent and above):
    • Double Bass*
    • Drums*
    • Flute (doubling on alto flute)
    • Clarinet
    • Trumpet
    • Alto Sax
    • Tenor Sax
    • Trombone
    • Tuba

    *a good working knowledge of drum&bass, afro-beat and township jazz styles is particularly preferable on these instruments

  • be a fluent music notation reader
  • be a jazz specialist demonstrating a high level of improvisation skill and versatility across a diverse range of ethnic jazz styles
  • be available for the whole rehearsal and performance period

Dates: Sun 15 – Sun 22 Oct 2017
Residency and first performance: Sun 15 – Thurs 19 Oct 2017 in Morecambe
Tour: Fri 20 – Sun 22 Oct 2017 with accommodation in Manchester (transport provided)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Mon 28 Aug 2017 at midnight

Successful applicants will be informed the week commencing Mon 4 Sept 2017.

Each person will receive £650 for the whole week plus expenses:

  • 1 x  rail fare (or fuel expenses) to Morecambe from your home location, arriving on Sun 15 Oct, departing from Manchester on Mon 23 Oct.
  • Accommodation and tour coach transport from 15-22 Oct.

If you wish to apply for a place in the Inner City Ensemble on the Jazz Directors Series #003 with Zoe Rahman please complete an application form at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/jazz-zoerahman

You can download the application form as a pdf for reference. We advise you read this first and type your answers into a Word document, then copy and paste to the online application when you are ready.

For more information about the Jazz Directors Series please contact Tim Chatterton at Brighter Sound on tim@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 JazzLancaster Jazz and DJ Lubi, with support from  Jazz North and Root Music.

Supported by Arts Council England.