summer school 2019



Friday August 23


Saturday August 24


Sunday August 25


Monday August 26


Course Content

The days comprise the following:

Repertoire TBA

Jazz Shed Instrumental and improvisation workshops.

Evening Jam Session In this last session of the day it's performance time in the Clicking Room.

Days run 10.30am-9.30pm (last course day finishes 6pm)


Q Do I need any previous improvising experience?

A For these courses - yes. They are aimed at players who already know their jazz basics. Pianists need some rootless lefthand voicings in a few keys, guitarists should have some of the smaller chords in different parts of the fingerboard, drummers should be able to handle a range of swing, ballad and latin grooves at medium tempo, bassists must be able to walk through changes at medium tempo in a few keys, and everyone should understand the idea of key centre and know a few tunes by heart! All this being said, we recognise that knowledge grows in patches, so we don't mind dealing with some large gaps. But if none of this rings any bells at all you're almost certainly going to enjoy our Easter or Summer Jazz Beginners and Improvers Courses much more!

Q Do I have to sign up for the whole course?

A Not at all - as long as we can accommodate your instrument, and subject to numbers, we are happy to offer you a place for as few or as many days as you choose, even for single days!

Q How many players are there in each group?

A We aim for 8 in each group - 1 x piano, guitar, bass and drums + 4 frontline.

Q What is the course repertoire, and what is the best way to prepare?

A The tunes will be listed on this page, together with playlists for reference. We supply tune sheets in advance, nearer the time, and in the meanwhile ask you to familiarise yourself with the music by listening, singing, and attempting to transfer the melodies to your instrument by ear. Don't worry if you find this difficult - it gets easier - and in the process you will immensely improve your jazz musicianship!

Q Where do the sessions 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. The cost of each day is £90 (20% member and U18 discounts available).

Q What makes this Summer School special?

A We have a great venue, reasonable prices, flexible booking and grand pianos - but above all our courses offer you focused playing and learning with top tutors and other keen players like yourselves. You'll have time to prepare the material so that when you arrive you'll be ready to learn. No more note-bashing, no more hazy lazy days of aimless jamming - we think you deserve more for your money - just plenty of fun, hard work and honest feedback.

Q How do I sign up?

A Please use this course day booking form. . We will get back to you confirming availability and giving payment details.