Analyse to Improvise

A practical workshop for instrumentalists to analyse a jazz standard and improvise on it.

NEXT WORKSHOP – Saturday 14 November at The Globe, 2pm to 4pm
This is a taster session for a course to be arranged in 2021.

Young jazz guitar genius Bradley Johnston leads an introductory session on music analysis and improvisation. This workshop is aimed at those who wish to develop their music analysis skills and improvisation techniques. He will be taking a jazz standard and a section of a solo transcription, discussing and analysing its structure and harmonic progression, looking at ways in which you can turn this into your own playing.

About Bradley Johnston

Gala Theatre, Durham, 2019. Photo by Malcolm Sinclair

Bradley Johnston has become firmly established on the North East jazz scene in the UK. He began his academic and practical journey at the age of fourteen when he gained a full-scholarship to study on Sage Gateshead’s Young Musician Programme (Y.M.P), ‘Centre for Advanced Training’ (C.A.T), under the direct supervision of Dr. James Birkett – studying the art of jazz guitar and related advanced jazz theory.

Bradley graduated from the B.Mus. (Hons): Jazz, Popular and Commercial music degree programme in 2016 at Sage Gateshead with a First Class Honours classification, followed by a PGCE teaching qualification at Newcastle College in 2017. He is currently studying for a M.Mus. (Masters of Music) at Newcastle University.

In his role as featured soloist in Jambone (the Regional Youth Jazz Ensemble) he has also performed alongside numerous jazz artists from the UK, USA, Cuba and Brazil. Bradley has performed at some major jazz festivals in the UK, including: Gateshead International Jazz Festival; Manchester Jazz Festival; Isle of Skye Swing Jazz Festival; Callander Jazz Festival. He has also performed at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Portcullis House, London.

For several years he has been presenting duo concerts with James, and their first CD (entitled Together) presents a variety of jazz repertoire for two guitars. Bradley also works regularly with the duo Hand To Mouth, presenting repertoire sung and performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass. He works regularly as a sideman and session musician throughout the region.

Bradley teaches at the prestigious Music Education Centre, Sage Gateshead (UK).

About learning and participation at The Globe
We have implemented policies and procedures to reduce the risk of spreading infection. We want to ensure that participants feel welcome, comfortable and safe.
You will need to bring all the equipment you need including instruments, amplifiers (if required) and music stands.

The workshop fee is £15.

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