Sunday, July 31, 2011

Maria Schneider & Matosinhos Jazz Orchestra in Vocational education

Maria Schneider & Orquestra Jazz Matosinhos

Maria Shneider and Matosinhos Jazz Orchestra at Casa da Música last 21 July.

It was not the first time I listened Maria Schneider performing in Portugal. But it is always a pleasure listening such a great musician.

This time, she was not with her orchestra but conducting the Matosinhos Jazz Orchestra.

Maria Schneider & OJM

The OJM is the only jazz orchestra in Portugal. Playing since 1999, the OJM is a well known jazz orchestra playing with the best musicians. 

The OJM has already performed in Brussels, Milan and in New York at Carnegie Hall for the "JVC Jazz Festival".

The OJM performed as well with Dee Dee Bridgewater and now conducted by Maria Schneider presented some master pieces  of this great jazz composer, nominated for nine Grammy's and winner of two Grammy's.

Maria Schneider's music cross the borders between genres and conquered critics and different audiences.

The concert was very good! Of course ! She is a wonderful composer and the Orquestra of Jazz de Matosinhos is one of the best jazz orchestras.


There's so little provision for helping teachers to bring music into the classroom. But when you teach at a Vocational Jazz School, it is so different. We are talking about Vocational Education. You have the chance to participate in music-making.

You can always to go with students to jazz concerts, jazz clubs or inviting some jazz musician for a workshop at the school.

Maria Schneider is a awesome jazz composer and director (there are few women as music directors) and his work and orchestra are amazing.

Let your students discover Maria Schneider by themselves. And ask them to choose the music pieces that they want to discuss and play in your lessons.

There are some interesting resources that you can use in your lessons on Maria Shneider's website.

Of course the Orquestra de Jazz de Matosinhos OMJ is also an important jazz big band. The OMJ plays in Portugal and other countries (France, Brussels, Milan, New York) OMJ talented young musicians are directed by Pedro Guedes and Carlos Azevedo

Vocational education : Jazz schools


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