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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

29th / 30th January 2022 – Pentatonic Improvisation Workshop with Dan Mar-Molinero. Ever listened to any improvised music? In any genre? Chances are that the good old pentatonic scale will be at the heart of it. From funk to rock, jazz to dance music, find out what makes these 5 note combos so irresistible. This course will take you through the multitude of uses for the pentatonic approach.
12th / 13th February 2022 – 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 2022.
19th / 20th March 2022 – Two day Big Band experience with Frank Griffith. Don’t miss the chance to learn and play with this formidable musician, band leader and composer. As a renowned jazz saxophonist and clarinettist, Frank Griffith has been performing for over 40 years, primarily in New York and London. The course will emphasise a balance of ensemble playing and improvisation skills.
9th / 10th April 2022 – NEW for 2022, a clarinet workshop with Emma Johnson, one of the UK’s biggest selling classical artists, and is one of the few clarinettists to have established a busy career as a solo performer which has taken her to major European, American and Asian venues as well as to Africa and Australasia.
7th / 8th May 2022 – Two day jazz improvisation workshop With Dave O’Higgins. This is an incredible opportunity for budding improvisors to work with one of the UK’s top saxophonists. Dave has a wide palette from Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson through to Stanley Turrentine and Michael Brecker.
27th / 28th August 2022 – A fantastic weekend of rehearsing and performing classic dance band arrangements from the 1920s and 30s, led by James Rawlinson. Strictly one per part and limited to 17 participants.If you’ve ever fancied playing the Charleston, Black Bottom Stomp, Hairy Joes Jump, not to mention many more, then this is for you!

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

After such a great 2019 we are aiming in 2021 / 2022 to bring you the best music workshops we can, using the UK’s best saxophonists, educators and upcoming professional musicians. 

For 2021 and 2022 we have added some extras to the already packed workshops. For certain workshops we welcome :

Vandoren Paris and Yanagisawa Saxophones; there will be an abundance of saxophones and accessories to try.

Erik Claeys representing Selmer Paris, the iconic saxophone brand.

Lucy Aughton representing D’Addario Woodwinds. Reeds, mouthpieces, straps, caps, ligatures and more.

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:-

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

JazzSmart Workshops look forward to seeing you soon!