Play Jazz! workshop with Swing Manouche

Saturday 6 October 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.

This time the tutors are from the gypsy jazz ensemble Swing Manouche.

Gypsy jazz, hot club, swing manouche, jazz gitan … whatever you call it, it offers one of the most accessible and unique jazz styles. Mick Shoulder, Giles Strong and Gavin Lee will give expert guidance in the elements that set this distinct style apart from the more familiar jazz stylings.

The workshop is open to all levels and will start with a solid understanding of gypsy chord shapes and rhythm accompaniment (La Pompe) progressing to learning simple melodies and gypsy style soloing (scales, arpeggios and diminished substitution) and ending with a jam for everyone to practice their new found skills.

The pieces we will be working with are
1) Hungaria
2) Bossa Dorado
3) Minor Swing
[scroll to bottom of page to download sheet music]

Swing Manouche will be performing at The Globe in the evening.

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, drummers 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

Music to download:

Hungaria (concert)
Bossa Dorado (concert)
Minor Swing (concert)

Manouche chord shapes (guitarists check this out)

Hungaria (Bb)
Bossa Dorado (Bb chords)
Minor Swing (Bb)

Hungaria (Eb)
Bossa Dorado (Eb chords)
Minor Swing (Eb)