Will Michael Jazz Education Awards 2017 title

Daniel Mar-Molinero

Lecturer in Jazz & Popular Music at the University of Southampton and leader of the Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO) for 14 plus years. We made our first jazz education Awards in 2007 to Devon and Southampton. Southampton received Diplomas in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and Hampshire in 2014 and 2015. Dan Mar-Molinero made a growing contribution to all those winning entries, especially significant were his contributions to the Special Merit submissions in 2014 and 2015.

And through 2016 and 2017 he has kept the jazz education flame burning across several local authority areas in various ways, principally, by continuing voluntarily to lead SYJO one of the top youth big bands in England bringing the NYJC into the area and contributing to its workshops, taking over the Southampton Youth Jazz Workshop (which we have lauded in past reports), setting up and running a jazz academy for Hampshire secondary school students, free of charge, and establishing a forum for jazz education in the southern region (chaired by Simon Purcell)

We think all that merits something we have not done before, ie award a special individual Diploma.

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We have awarded Diplomas to Bromley, Cumbria (BlueJam Arts), Devon, Doncaster, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Sheffield in addition to the individual award.

We have formally commended the submissions from Camden and Kingston upon Thames.

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