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

Derek Nash Saxophone Weekend

21st / 22nd August 2021 – Two day pop / jazz saxophone & rhythm and blues workshop. This is a fantastic opportunity for sax players to work with one of the UK’s top saxophonists, leader of the award-winning Sax Appeal and featured member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

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Naomi Sullivan Saxophone Workshop

9th / 10th October 2021 – NEW for 2021, a saxophone workshop with Naomi Sullivan, head of saxophone at the excellent Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. We welcome Naomi Sullivan to JazzSmart in 2021, for what promises to be a fantastic weekend of learning all about the saxophone.

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Andy Scott Manchester Saxophone Weekend

12th / 13th February 2022 – JazzSmart hosts a two day saxophone weekend at the beautiful Hallé at St Michaels, Manchester, that is aimed equally at classical and jazz saxophonists. A great way to start the year, treat this course as a saxophonic MOT, setting you up musically for 2022.

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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. 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 to bring you the best music workshops we can, using the UK’s best saxophonists, educators and upcoming professional musicians. 

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

Vandoren Paris, Yanagisawa Saxophones, Trevor James, and Légère Reeds; 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, Dan Mar-Molinero, Simon Willescroft, Kryzstof Urbanski, James Rawlinson & James Stead.

JazzSmart Workshops look forward to seeing you soon!