About

Jazz in the Third Age (j3a) aims to be inclusive for musicians whether active, inactive, new to or returning to jazz. The emphasis is on having fun whilst rehearsing, improving and performing in public. We currently have members from nine U3As.

We are now keen to perform in public and did four gigs in 2016, two in 2017 and one in 2018. We are getting interest from other U3As to perform with them and we explain on the Interested In Booking Us? page just what’s involved – the essential factor is that we are available only on Monday afternoons.

j3a can be described as a “little big band”. We play contemporary arrangements for “4 to 6-horn combos” and vocals. As well as trumpet, sax and trombone we double parts and accommodate other instruments like flute, clarinet and piano accordion as well as a  rhythm section. The beauty of this line up is that it produces a “big band” sound with a smaller line up which is amenable to instrument variation.

Jazz in the Third Age is only for members of a U3A, but if you’re currently not a member of a U3A this band might still be for you – joining a U3A is a very small cost and will open up the wider opportunities within U3As.  Have a look at what St Albans U3A has to offer here: www.stalbansu3a.org.uk , and find out what you need to do to join a U3A.

Some more frontline instruments are very welcome, indeed orchestral and brass band instruments are encouraged. French Horn, Baritone Horn and Euphonium all have a similar range to the Trombone; and of course both Cornet and Flugelhorn have a similar range to the Trumpet. Clarinet and Flute are easily fitted into Sax and Trumpet voices and Bass Clarinet has a similar range to the Baritone Sax.

So if you’d like a shot at playing jazz but play an (to jazz) “unconventional” instrument then don’t be put off – make contact via the Contact us page…

Please remember that this band is inclusive and musicians who have no jazz experience should not be inhibited from contacting us. There is still room for some more musicians as the band is keen to double up on front line parts; it’s all part of the inclusiveness principle.

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