If you want an intensive burst of jazz activity with plenty of focused learning and tutor input, these courses, run in association with jazz publishers VERGE, are for you:

  • Theory Shed (various dates) - in these sessions we are working through jazz theory fundamentals of rhythm, harmony, sound and ensemble.
  • Tutor band (various dates) - top professional players bring in some of their gig music to play through with a Jazz School UK band.
  • Repertoire Days (various dates) - working through our list of nearly 200 'learners', the essential jazz standards that all players need to know!
  • Easter Beginners/Improvers Weekend April 29-30 2017 - ideal for players wanting an introduction to jazz improvisation, and also for those with more experience needing to get some easy playing hours in!
  • Big Band Weekend July 1-2 2017 - this season we are extending our very successful Big Band event over a whole weekend. With Alan Barnes and Steve Waterman.
  • Jeff Clyne Improvisation Day July 8 2017 - our annual tribute to a sorely missed friend and master bassist, in which instrumentalists and singers come together for a fresh look at improvisation.
  • Summer Beginners/Improvers Weekend July 29-30 2017 - just like Easter, but usually with more rain.
  • Summer Short Course August 5-7 2017- summer school for improver/intermediate and advanced levels.
  • Summer Long August 25-28 2017 - summer school for improver/intermediate and advanced levels.
  • Jazz Singers And Accompanists Weekend September 2-3 2017 - a glorious weekend exploring jazz song and accompaniment skills. With Pete Churchill, Andra Sparks, Nick Weldon and others TBA.
  • ‣ Format

    The basis of Jazz School UK courses, like that of our regular Ensembles, is the tutored playing session. You will be working in small groups (we aim for 8 per group, rhythm section plus frontline) of players of similar ability. The focus of these sessions will be the repertoire, development work and improvising skills that are essential for all jazz players. Some instrumental workshops may also be offered, depending on tutor and player numbers. These are small courses and we will generally be running only three groups on each day, so early booking is advised to secure your place, especially in the rhythm sections.

    ‣ Preparation

    Jazz Courses are a great way of getting in some serious playing time and hooking up with like-minded players, and of course, of getting valuable advice from experienced pros. On the downside, the amount of new information and repertoire on offer can be overwhelming. Players often emerge exhilarated, but strangely dispirited, nuggets of new understanding completely outweighed by what they suspect they haven't quite understood! This can lead to issues of low self-esteem and long term alcohol and chocolate abuse. Our courses are very different - we provide tune lists, recommended listening for each day's work and tune sheets in advance, so that you have plenty of time to do the groundwork, and can therefore learn much more effectively when you get here. This way we combine all the buzz of the short course with maximum educational benefit.

    ‣ Flexibility

    Come for as much or as little as you like. It's great if you can do a whole course, but as long as we can fit you into a group, we're happy for you to come for a few or even single days.

    ‣ playing level required

    We aim to provide a good playing and learning experience for players of all levels, from beginners right through to good gigging standard. Our Summer Course (like most others, whatever the organisers say!) really works best for players with quite a bit of instrumental, improvising and listening experience. However, if you are a strong musician with experience in other fields of music, one or two days on the Summer Course will usually work very well. If you are fairly new both to your instrument and to improvising, we recommend our Beginners/Improvers courses at Easter and Summer and also our regular Jazz Foundation and Gollum workshops which run monthly throughout the year - you can read more about these on our Ensembles page.


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    Q Are all instruments welcome?

    A Yes, even banjos.

    Q What about singers?

    A All the Summer School days are great for singers who are interested in learning about improvisation, rhythm, harmony, and jazz ensemble practice. we also have a summer weekend dedicated to singers and players who are interested in improvising within song form.

    Q How much do the courses cost, and how do I sign up and pay?

    A You will find booking forms and prices in two places - on the specific course pages linked from this page, and on the booking page.

    Q Where can I find out more detail about what happens on the course days?

    A On the course pages.


    (Nick Weldon)

    home: 01933 313969

    mobile: 07971 409596

    You can also send us an email.

    Sign up using the booking forms and we will then contact you to confirm your place and arrange payment. Once your place is confirmed you can also pay online at The Jazz Shop (Jazz School UK/Course Days).




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