Welcome to the Giants of Jazz – a resource produced by leading jazz development agency, Tomorrow’s Warriors for anyone interested in learning about the great jazz legends, each of whom, in their own way, has had a significant impact on the growth and development of jazz music.
Giants of Jazz was initially developed as part of The Jazz Ticket music education programme, produced by Tomorrow’s Warriors in association with Turner Sims, Southampton and the Southampton Music Hub as a year-long UK-wide schools programme to increase young people’s engagement with jazz music and performance. Young musicians in schools across the UK will be working on new arrangements of works by these great legends with leading music professionals from the Tomorrow’s Warriors music leader faculty, working towards a professional performance alongside our flagship orchestra Nu Civilisation Orchestra. You can read more about The Jazz Ticket here.
The Jazz Ticket 2017 marks the centenary of the birth of six Giants of Jazz: composer ‘Tadd’ Dameron, vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Buddy Rich, and percussionist Mongo Santamaria.
Profiles of each of these artists can be found on this site. So, even if you’re not directly involved in the Jazz Ticket schools project or unable to attend one of the special regional performances, you can still get involved and journey into the fascinating lives of these incredible people.