Young Essex Jazz (YEJ) is for students who have little or no jazz experience but have a strong interest in playing jazz music. Players should have gained a minimum of grade 3 on their chosen instrument but there is no audition required for entry into the band. The band meets once a month on a Sunday and students develop jazz skills such as improvisation. Attending Young Essex Jazz will help anyone who wishes to join a more advanced jazz orchestra
at a later date.
Martin Hathaway is the Musical Director of YEJ and is one of the country’s leading jazz musicians. Martin is a member of numerous orchestras and quintets and was one of the leading lights in establishing the Heathcote Arms as a prime venue for jazz in London, attracting the likes of Kenny Wheeler, Harry Beckett, Don Weller and other renowned jazz musicians.
Martin regularly transcribes and arranges music for YEJ. He has won awards for both performance and composition including the MCPS Best Original Composition Award in the BBC Big Band Contest. Martin has recorded and toured with Radiohead and he appeared on their platinum album Kid A.