22 August and 18 November 2019

Jazz happens once. It is improvised in the moment it is made.

Slip into the zone, where nothing exists other than the music being made, right there, for the first and only time.

Cool for School is an interactive performance-workshop program that give students an unforgettable taste of the magic of improvised music.

In a high-energy, entertaining atmosphere, students gain valuable insight into composition and improvisation, ensemble work, aural skills, stagecraft, music as a vocation and the Australian music industry.

Complementing the NSW secondary school music syllabus, through this program students are introduced to the pivotal styles of jazz. They will experience gifted players at work, and see first-hand that the process and creation are one.

The Sandy Evans Indian Project


Date:       
22 August 2019 |
Time:        11am-2pm
Venue:      Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta | Tickets:    $20

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About the Session:

After a sell-out education season in 2016, ARIA Award-winning saxophonist, composer and music researcher, Sandy Evans OAM returns by popular demand.  Taking students on a cross-cultural journey of soulful melodies, spontaneous improvisations, stunning percussion solos and hypnotic grooves, Sandy will transport students in an intoxicating fusion of jazz and Indian music.
Saxophones – Sandy Evans OAM | Tabla – Bobby Singh | Double Bass – Brett Hirst | Drums – Toby Hall

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The World According to James

“Greening’s trombone has the delicious plumpness of a ripe mango. The sad bits and the funny bits become jumbled, and there can be no higher praise.”
– John Shand (SMH)

Date:       18 November 2019 | Time:       11am-2pm
Venue:     Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta | Tickets:   $20

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About the Session:

Legendary Musica Viva in Schools outfit The World According to James come to Riverside for the first time. Entrancing students with skilled musicianship and humour, the ensemble reveal the director relationship between composition and improvisation, demonstrate the fundamentals of music including beat, rhythm, melody and harmony.

Trombone and Pocket Trumpet – James Greening | Saxaphone – Matt Keegan |  Double Bass – Steve Elphick | Drums – Toby Hall