Emily Dankworth – granddaughter of jazz musicians Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine – is launching exciting new classes in Primrose Hill for the youngest kids this weekend: Jingle Jam Music.

The classes, which will take place at Primrose Hill Community Centre, have a strong jazz leaning and are aimed at children aged up to five along with their parent or carer, so that families can experience and bond over jazz and its freedom of expression. Emily believes that ‘shared music-making – the interaction between child and parent – is a great developmental asset, providing better readiness for school.’

The classes will feature live musicians, sometimes including Emily’s father Alec Dankworth on the double bass, and Emily is passionate about the benefits of exposing young children to instruments and the sensory experience they bring.

Emily grew up in a music-filled environment – “Christmas was always a massive jazz party around the piano in my grandparents’ living room” – and went on to take a Masters in Jazz Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  And, as she puts it, she is keen to help others enjoy what she has experienced but that they haven’t yet.

The lowdown:

Classes are held at Primrose Hill Community Association, Fitzroy Road, on Saturday mornings from 25th March.

There are three sessions: 0-18 months, 18 months – 3 years and 3-5 years.

The first two Saturdays are individual classes; after that they come in 6-week blocks.

8th and 15th April only: the classes will be held at the Pirate Castle, Oval Road.

£17 per class.

Find out more at www.jinglejamkids.co.uk

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