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

Andy Scott Manchester Saxophone Weekend

15th / 16th February 2020 – 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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POP Big Band with Dan Mar-Molinero

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.

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Jazz Improvisation Workshop

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.

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Derek Nash Saxophone Weekend

22nd / 23rd August 2020 – Derek Nash will be running a two day pop / jazz saxophone and rhythm and blues workshop, with sessions on improvisation and chart reading. 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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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 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 :

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

Erik Claeys representing Selmer Paris the iconic saxophone brand.

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

JazzSmart Workshops look forward to seeing you soon!