Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation Day

Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation Workshop – August 29th 2021

Durlston Court School, Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire.

This Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation Day will be ideal for those with little or no experience playing jazz or improvising. 

  • Easy repertoire

  • Relaxed, supportive environment

  • Chance to play in an ensemble

  • Jazz theory sessions

  • Improve sight-reading skills

  • Confidence building

  • Rhythm Work

James Rawlinson will lead a day of playing, introducing players to basic jazz concepts and conventions. James will also be joined with Andrew Blee who will be on hand to help anyone who needs it. We will be looking at basic jazz harmony, rhythmic concepts and ensemble and improvising skills. You will get the chance to build your confidence and gain the skills to form your own band in an informal, fun environment.

This one day workshop is also perfect for those who are not sure they are ready for our other 2 day courses. The day will take place in the comfortable surroundings of Durlston Court School, Barton On Sea, Hampshire. A reading ability of Grade 2 level is recommended to get the most out of the day but is not compulsory. The session will begin at 10am and conclude at 4:30pm. If you have always fancied playing jazz but never had the opportunity, this course is perfect for you!

We have now set it up for you to be able to book easier than ever before. Book via ticketsource fast and secure. Alternatively if you have any questions on the suitability of this course for you we will be happy to help. Contact at or by calling 07708 091675 and we will be happy to discuss your needs further.

Based again at Durlston Court School on the Dorset / Hampshire border, with excellent facilities in a purpose built music block.

As an approximate guideline; playing for at least 6 months to 1 year, and be able to play around Grade 2 standard. Please note, this does not mean you need Grade 2 qualification, it means your current playing level should be of this standard or better.
– Saxophones
– Flute
– Clarinet
– Trumpet
– Trombone
– Guitar
– Drums
– Bass
– Piano
– Percussion
You will need to bring your own instrument and instrument stand.

Drums: We have a drum kit but you can bring your own breakables. By all means you can bring your complete kit if you prefer.

Guitar/Bass: You’ll need to bring your own amps.

Keys: We have a piano but feel free to bring your own keyboard.
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. Tea, coffee and cold refreshments are included for all participants.
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