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. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, advanced player or teacher, JazzSmart can offer something for you.


Upcoming Workshops

Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation Days

September 2018 will see the restart of quarterly jazz and improvisation days led by James Rawlinson.   Next dates: 16th September 16th December 3rd March 9th June. Coda Music Centre, Walkford, Christchurch.                     These Sunday Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation Days will be ideal for those […]

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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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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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POP Big Band

POP Big Band with Dan Mar-Molinero, November 24th / 25th 2018. Durlston Court School, Barton on Sea, Hampshire. We are pleased to welcome Dar Mar-Molinero to host the return of the fun and exciting POP Big Band Workshop in November this year. Dan Mar-Molinero will be bringing along his latest arrangements of classic and modern […]

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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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Jazz Improvisation Workshop with Mike Hall

Two day jazz improvisation workshop – 27th / 28th April 2019. Durlston Court School, Barton on Sea, Hampshire. 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. No matter your current level we […]

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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.

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 Stead.

JazzSmart Workshops look forward to seeing you soon!