The JazzSmart Big Band (JSBB)

The JazzSmart Big Band (JSBB)

Rehearsals take place at New Forest Arts Centre, New Milton. The band is open to ages 12 to 80+ with a minimum sight-reading ability of grade 5 standard. Come and join the fun, run by experienced band leader and saxophonist James Rawlinson.

Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation Days

Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation Days

These Sunday Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation Days will be ideal for those with little or no experience playing jazz or improvising. Carefully chosen music and music theory combined with playing will increase your confidence.

Andy Scott Manchester Sax Weekend

Andy Scott Manchester Sax Weekend

16th / 17th February 2019 – In association with The Manchester College Jazz Department, JazzSmart hosts a two day saxophone workshop, that is aimed equally at classical and jazz saxophonists, led by Andy Scott.

Basie to Ellington and Beyond

Basie to Ellington and Beyond

16th / 17th March 2019 – Dar Mar-Molinero returns for a spectacular Big Band Workshop – Basie to Ellington and Beyond. Saxophonist, composer and educator, Dan has been recognised nationally for his work in jazz and commercial music.

Jazz Improvisation Workshop with Mike Hall

Jazz Improvisation Workshop with Mike Hall

27th / 28th April 2019 – We welcome back Mike Hall, head of Jazz Studies at the RNCM in Manchester, for a two day jazz improvisation workshop. This course is open to beginner, intermediate and advanced improvisers.

Saxophone Ensemble Workshop

Saxophone Ensemble Workshop

15th / 16th June 2019 – Two day saxophone workshop at the University of Chichester with south coast based saxophonist and educator James Rawlinson. The weekend will concentrate on playing, directing and developing your ensemble skills.

Jazz Improvisation Workshop with Mike Hall

Jazz Improvisation Workshop with Mike Hall

15th / 16th June 2019 – In partnership with the University of Chichester, This course is open to beginner, intermediate and advanced improvisers. This workshop is for you if you want to improve your jazz playing regardless of level!

Pete Long Big Band Weekend

Pete Long Big Band Weekend

19th / 20th October 2019 – We are thrilled to announce a two day big band workshop with the one and only Pete Long, musical director of the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band. Pete brings his immense knowledge, passion, energy and skill to this incredible workshop.