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.
15th / 16th February 2020 – JazzSmart hosts a two day saxophone weekend, 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 2020.
28th / 29th March 2020 – Dar Mar-Molinero returns for a spectacular POP Big Band Workshop. Saxophonist, composer and educator, Dan has been recognised nationally for his work in jazz and commercial music.
23rd / 24th May 2020 – Jazz Improvisation Workshop, open to various instruments, ages and ability! There is the opportunity to have beginner, intermediate and advanced sessions using the qualified tutors available. Lead by Dan Mar-Molinero.
22nd / 23rd August 2020 – 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.
17th / 18th October 2020 – NEW for 2020, a saxophone workshop with Naomi Sullivan, head of saxophone at the excellent Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. We welcome Naomi Sullivan to JazzSmart in 2020, for what promises to be a fantastic weekend of learning all about the saxophone. Take your saxophone playing to the next level!
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.
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.
After such a great 2019 we are aiming in 2020 to bring you the best music workshops we can, using the UK’s best saxophonists, educators and upcoming professional musicians.
For 2020 we have added some extras to the already packed workshops. For certain workshops we welcome :
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!