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Jazz delights on Paros Greece

- by John Swift

Jazz delights on Paros Greece.

Jazz lovers are in for a treat on the Greek holiday island of Paros this month with the launch of the first Paros Jazz Academy in the village of Lefkes. Perantinos Travel, in Piso Livadi, have teamed up with bass player Marc Buronfosse, a teacher at the Paris National Conservatory, to organise the jazz festival on July 7 to 13, 2011.

Visitors can study musical harmony in blues and jazz standards, the role of soloist and the relationship to the rhythm section, musical phrasing and improvisation.

Even better, those with performance nerves can learn how to manage stage fright and tackle solo playing. The course will also focus on relaxation techniques with an introduction to Qi Gong by Joe Quitzke.

When night falls expect jam sessions at the Albatross Hotel on Logaras Beach, Paros, when teachers will perform and a final concert by students on July 12.

Anyone visiting for a holiday on Paros and interested in taking part in the Paros Jazz Academy can contact Athena Perantinos on +30 693 433 8578; email: or visit