About Us

JazzSmart Music Workshops

 

Music WorkshopsJazzSmart provide quality Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Big Band, Jazz, Pop and Contemporary Music workshops, 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 for several years, and have repeatedly scored top marks by our course attendees, and we are constantly looking at ways to making the JazzSmart experience even better.

 


Upcoming Workshops

Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation Days

September 2017 will see the start of quarterly jazz and improvisation days led by James Rawlinson. Next date: 10th June 2018. Coda Music Centre, Walkford, Christchurch.                     These Sunday Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation Days will be ideal for those with little or no experience.    […]

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Dan Mar-Molinero Big Band Workshop

Dan Mar-Molinero – Two Day Big Band Workshop 2nd / 3rd June 2018. Durlston Court School, Barton On Sea, Hampshire. This two day Big Band workshop will focus on improving your section playing, improvising in a Big Band setting, directing a Big Band and much more. Two day course including refreshments and a hot lunch […]

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Jazz Performance & Technology Workshop

James Rawlinson & Geoff Westgate – Three day Jazz Performance & Technology Workshop, August 10th/11th/12th 2018. Coda Music Centre, Walkford, Christchurch. NEW for 2018 – August 10th-12th. We have an exciting three day Jazz Performance & Technology workshop for August 2018. For singers and instrumentalists, a jazz and blues workshop where you will perform and […]

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Mike Hall Jazz Improvisation Workshop

Two day jazz improvisation workshop – 14th / 15th July 2018. University of Chichester, College Lane, Chichester PO19 6PE. In partnership with the University of Chichester, Mike’s second JazzSmart workshop for 2018 will be at the University of Chichester in West Sussex. Fantastic facilities in the recently renovated music block, this workshop is for you […]

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Derek Nash Saxophone Workshop

Two day saxophone workshop – 6th / 7th October 2018. Durlston Court School, Barton on Sea, Hampshire. Derek Nash, sax man extraordinaire of Jools Holland fame is coming to JazzSmart on 6th / 7th October 2018. Derek will be running a two day pop saxophone and rhythm and blues workshop, with sessions on improvisation and […]

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Andy Scott Manchester Sax Weekend

Saxophone Workshop at The Manchester College, Manchester.   On 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, assisted by James Rawlinson & Andrew Blee. Building & developing ideas from the inaugural course at Manchester […]

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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 2016 we are aiming in 2017 to bring you the best music workshops we can, using the UK’s best saxophonists, educators and upcoming professional musicians.

For 2016 and 2017 we have added some extras to the already packed workshops. For certain workshops we welcome :

Dawkes who for certain workshops will be bringing with them a various assortment of products such as saxes, flutes, clarinets, mouthpieces, reeds, instrument stands etc for you to try within the breaks and at lunch.

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

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).

JazzSmart Workshops look forward to seeing you soon!