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.

  • Easter Beginners & Improvers Weekend APRIL 29-30 2017
  • (TUTORS NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS + DUDLEY PHILLIPS)

  • Summer Beginners & Improvers Weekend JULY 29-30 2017
  • (TUTORS NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS)

    Days run 10.30am-6pm, last course day 10.30am-5pm. Repertoire and playlist details over in the left sidebar. Tunesheets will be provided for advance preparation. PS these are two different Sugars!

    In both the Easter 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 Foundation Jazz and Gollum Jazz Ensembles are suitable. More details of these on the Ensembles page.

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    repertoire

    (EASTER)

    Saturday April 29

    BYE BYE BLACKBIRD
    BIG SHOE
    ALL BLUES

    Sunday April 30

    SUGAR
    BLUES IN THE CLOSET
    LITTLE SUNFLOWER

    SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

     

    (SUMMER)

    Saturday July 29

    BLUE SEVEN
    EASY MONEY
    FOTOGRAFIA

    Sunday July 30

    SUGAR
    AFRO BLUE
    A SMOOTH ONE

    SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

    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; all details can be found on our booking page. (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.

    CONTACT

    NICK WELDON

    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.

     

    Thanks for reading!