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JazzSmart Music Workshops

JazzSmart provide quality instrumental workshops for Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Big Band, Jazz, Pop and Contemporary Music , bringing well known highly experienced musicians and educators for fun filled courses throughout the year. Although our focus is on quality we also try and keep the price as affordable as possible to encourage budding musicians to join in and improve their playing and overall musicianship. JazzSmart courses are exceptional value for money, and include workshops on Jazz, Classical and Pop repertoire.

JazzSmart’s music workshops have been running since 2008 and have repeatedly scored top marks by our course attendees, and we are constantly looking at ways to making the JazzSmart experience even better. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, advanced player or teacher, JazzSmart can offer something for you.

Upcoming Workshops

19th / 20th November 2022 – POP Big Band with Dan Mar-Molinero. Dan is a saxophonist, composer and educator and has been recognised nationally for his work in jazz and commercial music both as an educator and practitioner. Alongside composing and performing, he is head of Jazz & Popular Music at the University of Southampton, a tutor for the NYJC and runs the pioneering youth jazz organisation, SYJO.
18th / 19th February 2023 – JazzSmart hosts a two day saxophone weekend with Andy Scott at the beautiful Hallé at St Michaels, Manchester, that is aimed equally at classical and jazz saxophonists. The spirit of the weekend is one of intense learning, swapping ideas, lots of saxophone playing of course, and teamwork. A great way to start the year, treat this course as a saxophonic MOT, setting you up musically for 2023.

The Team

James Rawlinson

James Rawlinson

Founder of JazzSmart, James is a leading saxophonist and educator in the South of England. His original and ongoing idea is to bring together other passionate musicians along with world class educators to form a synergy of great music in a workshop setting.

Andrew Blee

Andrew Blee

Due to the overwhelming success of early workshops, Andrew joined James to further grow and administrate JazzSmart. After completing a music degree, followed by an Mmus from The University of Southampton, and with a background in IT, Andrew works with James to ensure JazzSmart continues to maintain a focus on high quality workshops.


Our Ethos

Continuing on from our success in previous years, we will endeavour in 2022 using leading musicians and educators to bring you the best music workshops we can.

For 2022 we have added some extras to the already packed workshops. For certain workshops we welcome sponsors either virtually or attending the event where you can try their products.

When possible we have David Griffiths (Griff) in residence who will be giving free spot checks, and running a book in system to have your instrument tweaked, regulated and serviced while you learn! (please note: Griff will discuss with you your requirements and relevant charges for any undertaken work).

Past Course Leaders have included:

  • Mike Hall
  • Pete Long
  • Dan Mar-Molinero
  • Derek Nash
  • James Rae
  • James Rawlinson
  • Bob Reynolds
  • Andy Scott
  • James Stead
  • Kryzstof Urbanski
  • Simon Willescroft

JazzSmart Workshops look forward to seeing you soon!