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Area youth jazz ensembles in Hertfordshire

If you are interested in exploring jazz further, come along for a trial at one of the following ensembles:


  • North Herts & Stevenage Youth Jazz (Grade 4+), Tuesdays 5.15-6.45pm. Director: Jimi Day

Call 01462 434052 or email

St Albans

  • Vanguard (Grade 5+), Thursdays 8-9.15pm
  • Birdland (Grade 1+), Thursdays Evenings 6.30—7.30pm

Director: Duncan Fraser. Call 01438 845299 or email

Jazz Hive @ home

Backing tracks

 Lead sheets

Spotify playlist

Check out our jazz playlist on Spotify, curated by our tutors with 20 important recordings of a blues within jazz over 100 years.

It's not on Spotify, but watch this performance too: Jochen Rueckert Quartet Plays Charlie Parker on YouTube.

Week 1 challenges

Read the week 1 challenges (PDF)

Lead sheets are above.

Week 2 challenges

Week 3 challenges

Links to Jazz Hive @ home sessions recorded live