Jazz beginners and improvers

 

A beginning Hot Club style jazz guitarist recently enquiring about our courses told me that he was coming back from a long music lay-off caused by a nasty workshop experience (I shall not name the culprits) in which he had been forced to sightread and improvise over Giant Steps, the notorious Coltrane workout! The lack of provision for keen jazz beginners has always been a problem in the UK- players just starting out generally have had no choice but to dive straight in with far more experienced players, and many, like this guitarist, hit their heads on the bottom, their bodies not resurfacing for many years! Hence this series of courses for jazz beginners, in which we set out to guide players through the first stages of small group jazz improvisation. We also welcome jazz improvers, those of you with a little more experience who want to consolidate your skills and get in some playing hours. Days run 10.30am-6pm, last course day 10.30am-5pm. Tunesheets will be provided for advance preparation. Check out these great playlists below:

  • New Year Beginners & Improvers Weekend JANUARY 4-5 2020 (TUTORS NICK WELDON + NIKKI ILES)
  • Spring Beginners & Improvers Weekend rescheduled to SEPTEMBER 19-20 2020 (TUTORS NICK WELDON + MICK FOSTER + NIKKI ILES)
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  • Summer Beginners & Improvers Weekend JULY 25-26 2020 (TUTORS NICK WELDON + MARK BASSEY + NIKKI ILES + DAVE LEWIS)
  • In both the Spring and Summer Courses we'll be looking at basic jazz harmony, rhythmic concepts and ensemble and improvising skills.

    The courses are for players of any instrument, with or without jazz playing experience. You do need to have fairly good instrumental ability, though, and some jazz listening history.

    If you are also interested in regular study, the Gollum 1 and Gollum 2 Ensembles are suitable. More details of these on the Ensembles page.

    repertoire

    (NEW YEAR)

    Saturday January 4

    IN A MELLOW TONE

    WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE?

    WEAVER OF DREAMS

    Sunday January 5

    ALFIE'S THEME

    WATCH WHAT HAPPENS

    JIM DAWGS

     

    (resheduled SPRING)

    Saturday September 19

    THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE

    SO DANCO SAMBA

    2 DEGREES EAST, 3 DEGREES WEST

    Sunday September 20

    SUNDAY

    MANHA DE CARNAVAL

    RED PEPPER BLUES

     

    (SUMMER)

    Saturday July 25

    WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS

    COMIN' HOME BABY

    GOD BLESS THE CHILD

    Sunday July 26

    IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU

    BLUE 'N' BOOGIE

    CORAL KEYS

    FAQ

    Q Where do the courses 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 courses?

    A The daily rate for the short courses 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 form to register your interest. We will get back to you confirming availability and giving payment details.

    CONTACT

    NICK WELDON

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

     

    mobile: 07971 409596

    You can also contact us by email.

     

    Thanks for reading!