Jazz Improvisation Workshop with Mike Hall

Two day jazz improvisation workshop – 27th / 28th April 2019.

Durlston Court School, Barton on Sea, Hampshire.

Jazz Improvisation Workshop with Mike HallWe 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. No matter your current level we here at JazzSmart are convinced that Mike’s structured and well thought out approach to improvising will allow you to break free from your constraints to improvise more freely than before. Perfect for people who would like to improvise but haven’t had the courage before to do so. Mike will have you on the road to improvising and enjoying jazz as a participant rather than a spectator.

This workshop is now in its fourth year and sells out every time so please book your place early to avoid disappointment.

We also have on the Saturday sax repairer extraordinaire David Griffiths (Griff). He can take a look at your saxophones and discuss any issues/fix them for you. If you need any extensive work done it’s best to book it in beforehand, email us at info@jazzsmart.com to reserve your spot. Please note:  The work/payment is between you and Griff directly.


Based again at Durlston Court School on the Dorset / Hampshire border, with excellent facilities in a purpose built music block, the weekend is a must if you enjoy and want to improve your jazz phrasing and improvisation skills further. Priced competitively at £135 for two days including a hot lunch, and hot and cold refreshments. We cater for needs such as vegetarian, gluten intolerance etc.

Mike Hall 2016

We have now set it up for you to be able to book easier than ever before. Book via ticketsource fast and securely. Please check out our guide below which may help answer some common questions. Alternatively if you have any questions on the suitability of this course for you we will be happy to help. Contact at info@jazzsmart.com or by calling 07708 091675 and we will be happy to discuss your needs further.



As an approximate guideline; be able to play around Grade 3 standard. Please note, this does not mean you need Grade 3 qualification, it means your current playing level should be of this standard or better. Mike also has an alternative guideline of being able to play your major scales up to 4 sharps and flats. You can however be totally new to improvising, having a good solid foundation on the instrument is key foremost.

Regardless of your current level, we here at JazzSmart are committed to providing tuition and support at a pace that allows you to absorb salient points while good progress and motivation is maintained.

What do we mean by "grades" as a measuring tool? We use the ABRSM/Trinity "classical" syllabus, but in most respects this applies to the Jazz grades as well. If you haven't taken any grades then please contact us to discuss suitability.
You will need to bring your own instrument and instrument stand.
- Saxophones
- Flute
- Clarinet
- Trumpet
- Trombone
- Guitar
- Drums
- Bass
- Piano
- Percussion
Participants of all ages are welcome. Please note: Participants under 18 will need to provide parent/ guardian contact details.
We provide a hot lunch each day and hot/cold refreshments for the breaks.
Price for this two day workshop 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