What makes Groove groove?

Swing, Latin, Afro-Cuban – learn how to get in the groove at our Summer Weekend Workshop on 4-5 August 2018. It is a whole weekend of listening and playing in the company of others who want to learn and improve jazz skills.

Building on the success of the last three years, we are running another weekend workshop, this time with Jamil Sheriff and Caroline Boaden who are both tutors at Leeds College of Music

About the workshop

The workshop is suitable for all instrumentalists and for improvising vocalists. You do not need to have much experience of jazz, but you should be able to play scales (and chords if appropriate) with ease. Minimum age 16.

The workshop will run from 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday 4-5 August. It will take place at The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7AD. During the workshop The Globe will be closed to the general public.

Jamil Sheriff says: “We will be covering techniques to improve and expand upon jazz language – playing over changes, thinking about new harmonic approaches, expanding upon traditional bebop vocabulary and breaking down compositional structure to help soloists and rhythm section players create improvisations that really draw the listener in.

“From a rhythmic perspective, we will be drilling down into what really makes groove groove. We’ll be working on a number of practical exercises that everyone can do, away from their instruments, in order to gain a physical connection to the full rhythmic picture.

“Repertoire will be varied. Lots of great tunes to practise together – different styles, including Swing, Latin, Afro-Cuban.

“There’ll also be an emphasis on listening and breaking down what we hear in the music, with a view to understanding how powerful this is as a tool for development.”

About the tutors

Described by The Guardian as “someone who has made a real difference to the vitality of the jazz scene in the North of England”, Jamil Sheriff is the Curriculum Leader for Jazz and Folk at Leeds College of Music. His teaching specialisms are Jazz Piano, Contemporary Jazz Composition and Jazz Musicianship.

Jamil has recorded and collaborated with many artists and recorded four albums of his own music, each of which have received national and international accolades. Jazz UK writes about Jamil: “His music is both swinging and sophisticated, Sheriff showing himself to be a constantly inventive arranger. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, he’ll come up with something fresh.” As a composer, arranger and pianist Jamil has toured extensively throughout the UK and performed at national and international jazz festivals.

Caroline Boaden is a Senior Lecturer in Popular Music at Leeds College of Music and she specialises in drums.

Caroline has been in the music business for around 30 years, and has experience in the pop, rock, jazz and session arenas (UK and International), including both Television and Radio broadcasts. Some of the artists she has accompanied and supported are: Take That, The Stylistics, Texas, Jacki Graham. Jazz stars, Peter King, Jason Rebello, Art Farmer.

The weekend workshop costs £105 (or £95.50 for Jazz.Coop members – click here for more information about becoming a member).
The workshop fee includes all tuition and free admission to the gig on Sunday evening.
Snacks and hot and cold drinks will be available from the bar (to be paid separately).
Overnight accommodation is not included.

If you would like to take part but can only attend for one day we may be able to fit you in. Please email learning@jazz.coop before booking. The fee for one day would be £52.50.

To book
Places are limited so please book now. To confirm your booking you need to pay for the course in advance.
You can pay in one of the following ways:
1 By bank transfer (online banking) directly into our bank account: Account name: Pink Lane Jazz Co-op Ltd, Account number: 65650408, Sort code: 08 92 99
2 By making an online payment by credit/debit card or PayPal: use the button at the bottom of this web page
3 By sending a cheque, payable to: Pink Lane Jazz Co-op Ltd, and post it to The Treasurer, 209 Centralofts, 21 Waterloo Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AL

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