Play Jazz! workshop: Making your music swing

Saturday 7 December 2019, 2-6pm at Sage Gateshead

Guest Tutor: Ben Gilbert

Theme: Time is everything! We shall look at techniques to help you improve your time as well as learning some new tunes and trying out some fun improvisation ideas! Participants are encouraged to bring their own pieces that they enjoy playing and will be able to look at these in the workshop and explore ways of developing them further – through improvisation and ensemble playing.

Bio: Ben started his musical career in Newcastle and was regarded as one of the most exciting young jazz pianists on Tyneside in 2005-09. He was a jazz tutor at Sage Gateshead and pioneered the monthly Saturday workshop on which these Play Jazz! workshops are based. He spent a few years in London performing and teaching and is now based in Leeds and developing material with his trio who will be performing at The Globe after this workshop.

About Play Jazz! 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 is usually facilitated by a different tutor. 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.

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

Each four-hour workshop costs £25 (or £22.50 for Jazz.Coop members). Ticket sales are handled by the Sage. 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