Andy Scott February Saxophone Workshop

Saxophone Workshop at The Manchester College, Manchester.


On 17th / 18th February 2018 – 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, assisted by James Rawlinson & Andrew Blee.

Building & developing ideas from the inaugural course at Manchester College in February 2017, Andy will use his vast experience of planning and directing saxophone workshops to strike a balance between using written material, using our ears, and embracing a musically open-minded philosophy. Time will be spent rehearsing as; one large group and smaller groups, with a great rhythm section joining us on the Sunday afternoon.

Options will be available in sessions 2 & 3 on the Saturday; Andy will lead a masterclass that is aimed at more classical saxophonists, you are welcome to prepare a solo piece or a quartet may play, whilst those more interested in improvisation may work with James (intermediate/advanced) & Andrew (beginner).

“James is a fantastic musician; a wonderful performer and teacher! His knowledge of improvisation and jazz, coupled with his teaching experience, means that we may offer you options throughout the weekend. Andrew studied with James & then went on to complete a degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Chichester. JazzSmart is directed by James & Andrew, and I’m delighted to collaborate with them both!” Andy Scott

In Autumn 2017 Andy presented saxophone workshops in Hong Kong, Macau, Norway, Holland and the UK, bringing his vast experience as a saxophonist, composer and educator to the table, and is delighted that Selmer Paris Saxophones, Vandoren UK & Astute Music are sponsoring this event.

“Developing the February Saxophone Weekend in Manchester in conjunction with Andrew Blee & James Rawlinson at JazzSmart, and Manchester College, is a pleasure! The venue is only a couple of minutes walk from Piccadilly Station, with good cafes and restaurants nearby.

A great way to start the year, maybe treat this course as a saxophonic MOT, setting you up musically for 2018!”

Andy Scott


The cost for the two days including tea, coffee and cold refreshments is £120. Questions? Then send them to us via our contact form and we’ll be happy to help!

Participant requirements:

As an approximate guideline; be able to play around Grade 4 standard. Please note, this does not mean you need Grade 4 qualification, it means your current playing level should be of this standard or better.
You will need to bring your own instrument and instrument stand. Please also bring a music stand.
Participants of all ages are welcome. Please note: Participants under 18 will need to provide parent/ guardian contact details.
Not provided, we recommend bringing a packed lunch. Hot/cold refreshments available for the breaks.
The cost of this workshop for two days is only £135.
Times for the workshop are as follows:

Arrive: 9.30am onwards
Session one: 10am - 11.15am
Morning break: 11.15am - 11.45am
Session two: 11.45am - 1pm
Lunch: 1pm - 2pm
Session three: 2pm - 3pm
Afternoon break: 3pm - 3.30pm
Session four: 3.30pm - 4.30pm (4pm on Sunday)