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Dales Jam was formed in 2003 by a group of people of all ages and
musical abilities, who wanted a time and a place to meet up and play music.
Since then, under the guidance of a professional music director (Richard
Ormrod) the band has grown in numbers and meets at Ermysteds School in Skipton.
Dales Jam are a community Jazz Band based in Skipton and rehearse on a Monday
night between 7 and 9.30 pm, as many as 35 people gather for a weekly workshop
to learn and have fun.
As a community jazz band, Dales Jam encourages anyone to participate. That's why there is no age restriction, and all musical abilities are catered for. There are opportunities to take first steps into improvising (one member described it as 'improvising in a safe environment'), but only if you want to! All our music is arranged to fit members' abilities... although the workshops will lead to you stretching yourself musically.
We started out primarily as a jazz based band, and much of what we do is still rooted there, but it's world music based including African, Klezmer, Cuban, Asian together with Stevie Wonder, John Mclaughlin and John Coltrane tunes. Our music is usually arranged by Richard but he does encourage contributions of original music by band members .
Throughout the year Dales Jam play several gigs around Skipton, North Yorkshire and beyond, details are on the Gigs Page.
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