JAZZ workshops 2018-19

If you want an intensive burst of jazz activity with plenty of focused learning and tutor input, these workshops are made for you:

  • Jam Sessions (various dates) A chance to blow through tunes old and new with our excellent house Rhythm Section.
  • New Year Jazz December 29-30 2018 With Nikki Iles and Nick Weldon.
  • Theory Shed Days (various dates) A chance to explore the theory background of harmonic and rhythmic fundamentals.
  • Spring Beginners/Improvers Weekend April 27-28 2019 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 tutors Dave Lewis and Nikki Iles.
  • Voicing and Comping Weekend June 8-9 2019 For pianists and guitarists. Dominic Ashworth and Nick Weldon take you through the essential techniques required for delivering melody and accompaniment.
  • Midsummer Jazz Weekend June 22-23 2019 Guest tutors Alan Barnes and Steve Watts.
  • Big Band Weekend June 29-30 2019 - come and play some great charts under the guidance of star composer/arranger/trumpeter Steve Waterman.
  • Jeff Clyne Improvisation Day July 6 2019 - 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 27-28 2019 Just like Easter, but usually with more rain. Guest tutor Mark Bassey.
  • Summer Long August 23-26 2019 Summer School for intermediate and advanced levels. Nikki Iles, Alan Barnes, Dave O'Higgins, Nick Weldon.
  • Jazz Singers And Accompanists Weekend August 31-September 1 2019 A glorious weekend exploring jazz song and accompaniment skills. With Pete Churchill, Andra Sparks and Nick Weldon.
  • ‣ Format

    The basis of Jazz School UK workshops, 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 sessions may also be offered, depending on tutor and player numbers. These are small workshops 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 workshops 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 workshops are very different - we provide tune lists, recommended listening and tune sheets in advance, so that you have plenty of time to do the preparation, and can therefore learn much more effectively when you get here. This way we combine all the buzz of the short workshop with maximum educational benefit.

    ‣ Flexibility

    Come for as much or as little as you like. It's great if you can do a whole weekend, 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.

    The Jeff Clyne Day and Voicing & Comping Weekend are suitable for all levels, while the Spring and Summer BIMP weekends are good for jazz beginners & improvers; all other workshops are aimed at players of improver, intermediate and advanced levels (NB the Summer Long Weekend works best for intermediate/advanced players).


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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 workshops cost, and how do I sign up and pay?

    A You will find prices on the specific workshop 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 workshop days?

    A On the workshop pages.


    (Nick Weldon)

    home: 01933 313969

    mobile: 07971 409596

    You can also send us an email.

    Register your interest using this 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/Workshop Days).




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