2017 has signalled the start of something new for JazzSmart; we have moved out an about around the country with our first workshop outing in Manchester. We were based at Manchester College (Shena Simon Campus) which was perfect with its array of live rooms and equipment. The two day workshop consisted of large ensemble playing and sax quartets. Andy tried his hardest to test our abilities and this for me culminated in a very interesting composition named “Seethe”. More difficult rhythms than this are yet to be invented! We will be continuing to move around the country and test the water with our next non Bournemouth area course in Chichester. More details here
We had a mixture of ages and abilities attending the course and one player travelled from Hong Kong to participate. It was also great to see Kerry from Yanagisawa Saxophones and Vandoren UK who let us use and try out the new Yanagisawa series from Soprano to Baritone. We hope to run this course around the same time next year, watch the website for more details. A big thanks goes to Andy Scott for his inspirational words teaching and to Manchester College for the use of their facilities.