What do Jonathan Ross, M-People, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, George Michael, Take That, and Doncaster Youth Jazz Association have in common? Snake Davis…
On the 10th April 2016 Doncaster Youth Jazz Association was privileged to host Snake Davis one of the UK’s leading saxophonists. In demand from the biggest names in the show business world and with a hectic schedule, including resident saxophonist on “Tonight with Jonathan Ross,” Snake arrived ready to host one of DYJA’s first resident masterclasses supported by long term DYJA Friends Richard and Ann Bell.
A group of 16 DYJA young musicians arrived to meet Snake and the session began. Well-planned and well-paced Snake was able to manage a range of different ages and abilities with creative flair whilst communicating with each participant individually. “I always find it inspiring and emotional to spend time with keen committed young musicians. The students were completely fab. They listened intently, played their hearts out, behaved impeccably, asked great intelligent questions and even laughed at my jokes!” recalls Snake.
As part of DYJA’s educational programme the Association is keen to develop links with well-known musicians to inspire, encourage and motivate young musicians. Keen to get the project started Richard and Ann Bell, long-time supporters of DYJA sponsored this inaugural event.
“We have always been wonderfully entertained whenever we have attended DYJA concerts. We have also been greatly inspired by the achievements of the young musicians and of the Association in general, so we felt that we wanted to help DYJA in some small way, if we could. After establishing with Mark Ellis, a DYJA board member, that a Snake Davis workshop would be welcomed, we asked Snake if we could sponsor such a workshop at Doncaster Jazz Centre. He agreed immediately and Snake and Mark made all the arrangements after that.”
The Association will aim to run more resident masterclasses for their members later on this year so watch this space. If you are interested in joining as members please contact the office for further information.