JUNE 9-10 2018


Saturday 10.30am-6pm, with an evening jam session 7.30-9.30pm.

Sunday 10.30am-6pm.


Jazz is a prism for musical experience from many cultures, a distinctive filter through which we interpret and integrate the folk and art musics of many tribes.

In the earliest jazz we hear musics from Africa, from the Middle East, from all parts of Europe, from the British Isles and from Native Americans. In later years European 'classical' repertoire, itself drawing liberally from European folk roots, will also generate another important jazz strand - the 'American Songbook'. And electric blues-rock, latin and hiphop, reinterpretations themselves of African and/or black American jazz music, also come to be strong influences.

All these come together to form the shared language of jazz - tunes by jazz composers and popular tunes reinvented by jazz performers - a long and large collection of melodic and rhythmic snippets known as 'jazz standards'.

The most important skill in jazz is a language skill - we have to learn the tunes!

Of course there are thousands of tunes in the history of jazz - all of them important to some degree - but some have proved more popular than others - these are the ones we call the 'standards'.

Here's our list - we'll be choosing some tunes from this for our Standards Weekend - so do come along and join us...

The course is for players of any instrument, and will also suit keen singers who are interested in improvisation as well as song. Tunesheets will be provided for advance preparation. Suitable for improver, intermediate and advanced levels. Let the experts show you the best ways through some of the the most popular jazz standards!


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Saturday June 9


Sunday January 10




Q Where does the course take place?

A The venue is the Shoefactory at Rushden, a beautiful Victorian building (with a grand piano in all three playing spaces), which is also the home of Jazz School UK founders Nick Weldon and Andra Sparks. More details, maps and links can be found on our About Us page.

Q What is the cost of the course?

A The daily rate for the short course is £90 (20% member and U18 discounts available).

Prices are for tuition. Baguettes available for purchase at lunchtimes. Accommodation extra (see the About Us page for our recommendations).

Q How do I sign up?

A Please use this booking form to register your interest and to let us know how you would like to pay. We will get back to you confirming availability and giving payment details. Once we have confirmed you can also pay online using the links opposite.



Jazz School UK, The Shoefactory, 23b Fitzwilliam Street, Rushden, Northants NN10 9YW

home: 01933 313969

mobile: 07971 409596

You can also contact us by email.


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