About Us

JazzSmart Music Workshops

 

Music WorkshopsJazzSmart 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

Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation Days

These Sunday Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation Days will be ideal for those with little or no experience playing jazz or improvising.

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Derek Nash Saxophone Workshop

6th / 7th October 2018 – Derek Nash, sax man extraordinaire with Jools Holland, is coming to JazzSmart. Don’t miss it!
*** ONE PLACE LEFT ***

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POP Big Band with Dan Mar-Molinero

24th / 25th November 2018 – Dar Mar-Molinero hosts the return of the fun and exciting POP Big Band Workshop. Dan is a saxophonist, composer and educator and has been recognised nationally for his work in jazz and commercial music.

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Andy Scott Manchester Sax Weekend

16th / 17th February 2019 – 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.

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Jazz Improvisation Workshop with Mike Hall

27th / 28th April 2019 – We 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.

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Saxophone Ensemble Workshop

15th / 16th June 2019 – Two day saxophone workshop at the University of Chichester with south coast based saxophonist and educator James Rawlinson. The weekend will concentrate on playing, directing and developing your ensemble skills.

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Jazz Improvisation Workshop with Mike Hall

15th / 16th June 2019 – In partnership with the University of Chichester, This course is open to beginner, intermediate and advanced improvisers. This workshop is for you if you want to improve your jazz playing regardless of level!

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Pete Long Big Band Weekend

19th / 20th October 2019 – We are thrilled to announce a two day big band workshop with the one and only Pete Long, musical director of the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band. Pete brings his immense knowledge, passion, energy and skill to this incredible workshop.

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The Team

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 saxophonistAndrew Blee

Due to the overwhelming success of early workshops, Andrew joined James to further grow and administrate JazzSmart. Fresh from completing a music degree, 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 2017 we are aiming in 2018 & 2019 to bring you the best music workshops we can, using the UK’s best saxophonists, educators and upcoming professional musicians. 

For 2018 and 2019 we have added some extras to the already packed workshops. For certain workshops we welcome :

Kerry Long who is representing Vandoren and Yanagisawa & Trevor James so there will be an abundance of saxophones and accessories to try.

Yamaha saxophones will be joining us for the Pete Long Big Band Workshop in October 2019.

Tom Bacon from D’Addario joined us at the Simon Willescroft workshop, quality reeds and mouthpieces aplenty!

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:-

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

JazzSmart Workshops look forward to seeing you soon!