Play Jazz! workshop – Improvising – harmony and beyond

Saturday 7 July 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 Improvising – harmony and beyond. The tutors are Gero Schipmann (guitar) and Duncan Eagles (saxophones). Both are highly experienced jazz musicians, composers and band leaders. Gero says: “We’ll be looking at the tools of improvisation – such as phrasing, motivic development, scales, triads and arpeggios – within the context of standard Jazz repertoire. We’ll also be working on how to perform this repertoire to a professional standard throughout various styles of Jazz music (Swing, Bossa Nova, Blues, etc).”

The pieces we will be working with are
1) There Is No Greater Love
2) Black Orpheus (aka Manha de Carnaval)
[scroll to bottom of page to download sheet music]

The Gero Schipmann Group will be performing later in the evening at The Globe.

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. 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

Click to download sheet music

There Is No Greater Love (C)
There Is No Greater Love (Bb)
There Is No Greater Love (Eb)
Black Orpheus (C)
Black Orpheus (Bb)
Black Orpheus (Eb)