jazz in the lockdown

Yes, we're struggling! Clubs and restaurants are shut, courses and weddings are cancelled, gigs are off. On the bright side, the birds are singing, the skies are clearing, everybody's baking, and here at Jazz School UK we're happily planning for the 2020-21 sesason that will kick off, one way or another, in the last weekend of September. We're lucky enough to have some large spaces here at the Shoefactory, and are looking forward to hearing some more great playing from our students and tutors in the new SD world. Social distancing will be rather strange for jazzers - accustomed as we are to the fever of promiscuity. (Oops, slipped into French then - that's their word for being next to each other!) But I'm sure we'll find a way to make it work.

As the old song goes...we'll be together again.


ensemble (click/touch for more info)

These are the heart of what we do at Jazz School UK - regular playing sessions in streamed groups learning a set repertoire, with expert guidance from some of the finest players and teachers around. More details here...

ensemble plus

All students value individual feedback into their playing - this is one of the things that can really help the learning process. At the end of each season each regular ensemble player gets an individual report, compiled from their own and tutor evaluations of progress through the year. The ensemble plus programme is the next step up from this, offering more regular feedback throughout the season, as well as online 121 lessons to address the instrumental and theory issues arising. More details here...


The pathway programme is our most intensive course of study, being similar to a part-time degree course. It generally involves two visits a month (one ensemble and one pathway day) 12 hours of online 121 lessons, transcription and artist projects, online support, and a prescribed amount of guided personal study (10-15 hours a week). More details here...

jazz school online

If you can't get here in person, then why not try an online course - 10 weeks of group meetings, supported by individual lessons and online course material on topics to include:

  • jazz foundation
  • jazz piano
  • walking bass
  • arranging
  • jazz repertoire
  • vocal technique
  • and others TBA
  • More details here...

    individual lessons

    If at this time you are more interested in developing your instrumental skills and/or understanding of theory, a course of 121 lessons might be just what you're looking for. More details here...

    2020-21 workshops

    shoefactory band

    We run a very challenging Little Big Band for our more advanced students - generally for students following a part of a programme, but also open to others of a suitable standard as a one-off workshop. More details here...

    2019-20 season

    The third term of our current season disappeared overnight, but with the help of our incredibly loyal students we've managed to work out a way of completing the season with online 121 lessons and group sessions. Thank you all!

    Nevertheless, we've unfortunately had to lose some events (Voicing & Comping Day & Jeff Clyne Improvisation Day).

    We've rescheduled Steve Waterman's Big Band Weekend to September 12-13 (running as a Little Big Band) and the Spring Beginners & Improvers Weekend to September 19-20.

    We're still planning on running the Summer Beginners & Improvers Weekend (July 25-26) Summer Long Weekend (August 21-24) and Jazz Singers & Accompanists Weekend (August 29-30).

    All with our best social distancing measures in place!


    Please browse round the site using the MENU links to find out more about us. We're currently taking registrations for next season, so if you're interested, don't delay, register your interest using this form. If you have any questions about any of the programmes or workshops, email us here. Thanks for reading!