Media coverage for the BackBeat Jazz Academy

Here’s a small excerpt from a press article shared on in which the author describes the project. You can read the full article HERE (in German).

(Jazz) music by professionals for children. Since the beginning of the year, the “Syncopation Society” (SyS), together with its partners, the Cabuwazi Circus, WeTek and the Joseph Schmidt Music School, has been offering a new activity at the Bürgerhaus in Altglienicke: Back Beat Jazz Academy – the small jazz school for children & adolescents in the Kosmosviertel and beyond.

With the help of the educators from SyS and WeTeK, children are introduced to traditional jazz music. They can listen to live music, exchange with the musicians and learn about their musical instruments. The musicians also give insights into their profession in the music and event sector.

Claus Jacobi’s Music Scores.

We have the great pleasure and privilege of making available to you a vast collection of transcriptions by world-renowned traditional jazz specialist, Dr. Claus Jacobi.

Dr. Jacobi and us share the idea of transmitting this music and he graciously allows us to put his transcriptions online on our website. Nearly 700 titles from the early days of jazz will be available and they will present all kinds of instrumentations ranging from 3 front-liners to big-band arrangements. This work of a lifetime covers almost all the titles that make up the richness of this extensive repertoire.

We will regularly add new music to the page and for now, you can find transcriptions for about 30 songs from the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings.

Please note that this invaluable resource is reserved to members only. Join the Society by creating an account to access the files. We also invite you to make a donation allowing us to finance the downloading setup and the maintenance of this treasure.

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BackBeat Jazz Academy in Kosmos Viertel

The education of the younger generation is very important to us and with this in mind, in partnership with Verband der Musikschulen, Cabuwazi and WeTek, we are launching the “BackBeat Jazz Academy”. Financed by the Kultur macht stark program, this project aims to make young people at the Kosmos Viertel in Altglieniecke aware of the professional environment of jazz musicians. The program includes the discovery of music instruments together with professional musicians from our circle. We also cover the history of jazz and its relation to contemporary music, an introduction to sound recording, video production and finally the organisation of a concert.

Given the COVID restrictions, the sessions are currently happening online on the platform Discord with videos and Live sessions.