Alright: Use What You’ve Got! jazz workshop

Saturday 3 September 2016, 2-6pm at Sage Gateshead

On the first Saturday of each month (except January and August) we run four-hour workshops in association with Sage Gateshead. Each one is different.

Pope_LawFor the start of the new season the tutors will be the popular and inspiring pairing of John Pope (bass) and Alan Law (piano). The theme is Alright: Use What You’ve Got! John says the workshop will be about listening and creating music in the moment. He says: “We will explore strategies for improvisation using the basic elements of music starting from a simple harmonic point, and will look at other ways to apply our listening.”

These workshops appeal to a wide range of musicians including those who

  • play other styles of music but are new to jazz
  • play written music but want to learn to improvise
  • have not played for a while and want to refresh their skills
  • want to meet and play with other jazz musicians.

You will work in a small group led by an experienced jazz musician. You’ll learn a bit of theory but mostly it will be practical – lots of listening and playing. You’ll have the opportunity to improvise and interact with other musicians in an informal supportive situation.

Suitable for all instruments and improvising vocalists. Minimum age 16.

Each four-hour workshop costs £20 (or £18 for Jazz.Coop members). Ticket sales are handled by the Sage and there’s a £1.50 booking fee for online and telephone sales (but not if you pay cash at the ticket office).

You can book online here
or by phoning the Sage ticket office 0191 443 4661
or by visiting the Sage in person

If you’ve got any questions please email