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Janine Irons and Gary Crosby of Tomorrow's Warriors

PODCAST [26] Developing the next generation of jazz musicians – with Janine Irons and Gary Crosby of Tomorrow’s Warriors

In this episode, I’m talking with pioneering and award-winning jazz musicians, educators, and producers Janine Irons MBE and Gary Crosby OBE, who together run the music education and development charity Tomorrow’s Warriors.

The organisation provides opportunities to learn and rehearse with other young people supported by professional jazz artists; ensembles and collectives; development programmes; work in schools; and a wide range of performance opportunities. In particular, their work addresses barriers to music and the music industry for young people facing barriers to progression in the music industry – in particular black or/and female musicians

You can listen now below, or on Spotify (search for the name) and iTunes or your favourite podcast app.

What’s in this episode?

We talk about:

  • their different routes into music – one informal, one formal
  • how they first met, and why they formed Tomorrow’s Warriors
  • how they’ve been levelling the playing field for young black, female musicians as well as those from low-income backgrounds
  • their informal pedagogy – learning by doing and facilitating and creating the conditions where they can ‘discover the magic of jazz’
  • the importance of learning ‘the standards’
  • the link between Gary and John Stevens, jazz drummer and founder of Community Music London, one of the UK’s oldest youth and community music organisations
  • the importance of creating a community of young musicians, and around the musicians and growing the organisation based on musicians’ needs
  • their hopes for the future

Links for this episode

Tomorrow’s Warriors

Gary Crosby

Janine Irons

John Stevens

Community Music London

Nu Civilisation Orchestra

About the music for education & wellbeing podcast

Listen in each month to get ideas, inspiration and practical advice from people involved in music education, community music, music therapy and more. Learn how you can break down barriers to music, through communications, advocacy and inclusive practice.

The music for the podcast was created by Otis Hynds, a young person working with Noise Solution.


Transcript for the Music for education & wellbeing podcast [26]: Janine Irons and Gary Crosby of Tomorrow’s Warriors


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