Play Jazz! workshop – The Blues and Beyond

Saturday 5 May 2018, 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 is usually facilitated by a different tutor.

The theme this time is The Blues and Beyond: An exploration of modal, be-bop and fusion takes on the classic 12-bar. The tutors are Geoff Bartholomew and Jilly Jarman. This session is suitable for instrumentalists and vocalists of any level of experience.

Geoff Bartholomew is a jazz trumpeter, composer and arranger, who performs with swing and fusion bands across the UK, and teaches jazz in Cumbria.

Jilly Jarman is a jazz improvisor and composer, pianist and vocalist, who runs Improv Choirs in the North and Scotland, leads the Women Play Jazz! sessions at the Globe, and is founder/director of BlueJam Arts.

Geoff and Jilly lead the jazz development programme for young people in Cumbria.

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 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 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