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:

  • Jam Sessions (various dates) A chance to blow through tunes old and new with our excellent house Rhythm Section.
  • New Year Jazz (Jan 6-7 2018) With Nikki Iles, Mark Bassey and Nick Weldon
  • Jazz Shed Days (various dates) Applying specific theory points (rhythm, harmony, form, ensemble and improvisation skills) to standard repertoire.
  • Spring Beginners/Improvers Weekend April 28-29 2018 Ideal for players wanting an introduction to jazz improvisation, and also for those with more experience needing to get some easy playing hours in! Guest tutor Mark Bassey.
  • Standards Weekend June 9-10 2018 Pete Churchill, Nick Weldon and Andra Sparks take you through some well-known songs and standards. Suitable for singers and instrumentalists.
  • Blues & Rhythm Weekend June 23-24 2018 An in-depth look at two of the staple forms of the jazz repertoire - I Got Rhythm and The Blues. Guest tutors Dave Lewis and Dave O'Higgins.
  • Big Band Weekend July 7-8 2018 - 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 15 2018 - our annual tribute to a sorely missed friend and master bassist, in which instrumentalists and singers come together for a fresh look at improvisation. Guest tutor Steve Watts.
  • Summer Beginners/Improvers Weekend July 28-29 2018 Just like Easter, but usually with more rain. Guest tutor Trevor Tomkins.
  • Summer Short Course August 4-6 2018 Summer School for intermediate and advanced levels. Dave Lewis, Mark Bassey, Nick Weldon.
  • Summer Long August 24-27 2018 Summer School for intermediate and advanced levels. Nikki Iles, Trevor Tomkins, Dave O'Higgins, Nick Weldon.
  • Jazz Singers And Accompanists Weekend September 1-2 2018 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 Gollum 1 and Gollum 2 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 prices on the specific course pages linked from this page, and booking forms 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 form 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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