Summer Weekend Workshop

5-6 August 2017
A whole weekend of listening and playing in the company of others who want to learn and improve jazz skills.

Building on the success of the last two years, we are running another weekend workshop, this time with tutors James Birkett and Jilly Jarman.

James Birkett is a professional jazz guitarist and highly experienced educator. He developed and led the pioneering Graduate Diploma and BMus (Hons) degree programmes in Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music in the North East for 25 years and did much to establish the excellent reputation of Music Education Centre at Sage Gateshead. He is well known for his fresh and original approaches to learning about improvisation and enhancing performance skills.

Jilly Jarman is a jazz composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. She is founder/director of BlueJam Arts and is currently developing Cumbria Music Hub’s Youth Jazz Programme and Girls in Jazz  project. She is known for her Jazz and Improv vocal workshops and training sessions in Improvisation and ‘Scary Dots’. For over 30 years she has been running workshops that can be enjoyed by players with varying levels of jazz skills and experience, specifically catering for vocalists by arranging material to include them not just as solo singer.

The workshop is suitable for all instruments and a range of abilities. Vocalists are welcome. You do not need to have much experience of jazz, but you should be able to play scales (and chords if appropriate) with ease. Minimum age 16.

For much of the weekend the participants will be divided into two groups: beginner/intermediate and intermediate/advanced. You will be able to improvise and interact with other musicians in an informal supportive situation.

Programme outline
Saturday 5 August
9.30am Registration and introductions
10am Session 1: The Nuts and Bolts of Jazz
This session will cover the essential elements of jazz and aims to up your skills and knowledge. It is available at two levels: Beginner/Intermediate and Intermediate/Advanced.
1pm Lunch
2pm Session 2: The Art of Making Jazz – Band Call
This session will cover the art and artistry of playing jazz with other people using well-known standards as a starting point. There will be two groups based on an equal split of instruments/participants to give two well-balanced bands.
5pm End of Session 2
8-11pm Live Jazz at the Globe
Performance by the Francis Tulip Quartet. Tickets £5 but free for workshop participants.
Sunday 6 August
9.30am Welcome back
10am Session 3: More Nuts and Bolts
This session will continue to present the essential elements of jazz and build your skills and knowledge. Again it is available at two levels: Beginner/Intermediate and Intermediate/Advanced.
1pm Lunch.
2pm Session 4: Taking Control – Band Call
Continuing from yesterday’s Band Call session, participants will arrange tunes ready for performance. There will be opportunities to write new music. The emphasis will be on the band members giving the band direction and focus with tutor guidance and input when necessary.
4.30pm Performance
A performance by each band to the other
5pm Thank you and goodbye

The weekend workshop costs £95 (or £85.50 for Jazz.Coop members – click here for more information about becoming a member).
The workshop fee includes all tuition and free admission to the gig on Saturday evening.
Snacks and hot and cold drinks will be available from the bar (to be paid separately).
Overnight accommodation is not included.

To book
Places are limited so please book now.
For more information and bookings please email and tell us what instrument you will be bringing. We will email you with details of how to pay.

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