Play Jazz! with Blind Monk Trio

Saturday 4 March 2017, 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, and the March workshop is special. The tutors are the members of Blind Monk Trio, who will be performing at The Globe in the evening.

(Photo by Peter Fay)

(Photo by Peter Fay)

The theme is ‘Reinventing the standard’ and as usual the workshop is suitable for all instruments, but this one will have an added appeal for saxophone players. For part of the time Bob Whitakker will take the saxes into a separate room for a master class in tone production (he is well known for this). Meanwhile Johnny Hunter and Hugo Harrison will work with the other instrumentalists on learning and soloing over two chosen standards.

After the break everyone will get together and play the chosen standards, reinventing them  by changing rhythmic and harmonic ideas.

The Play Jazz! workshops are intended to 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