Jazz 3 (J3)

Jazz 3 is the third big band of the Music and Performing Arts Trust and rehearses on Monday evenings in Room 4 at the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Jazz 3 in rehearsal, Spinney Theatre, Northampton, May 2015About Jazz 3

The directors for the 2018 to 2019 season are Ewa Welters and Nikki Hannent-Corbettt.

The rhythm section meets for a sectional an hour before the main rehearsal, 5pm to 5:45pm under the direction of Richard Bakerth. This invaluable opportunity allows the section to learn to play together as an effective unit. 

The band was formed to provide a first experience of Big Band playing for students who might one day to be in Jazz 2 or the County Youth Big Band. It has a full instrumental line up and particularly aims to give members the first opportunity to experience improvisation in an ensemble setting.

During the course of the year, the band appears in several county music concerts, including the annual Big Band Night and the New Generation concert at the Derngate. The annual programme also includes a residential course at the Frontier Centre, Irthlingborough, and competing in the regional round of the National Festival of Music for Youth.

Recent letters to members

How to join us

Auditions are held annually in July. See the auditions page for further information.