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JazzSmart Big Band Concert 2019

JazzSmart Big Band Concert 2019

We had a great time at the Forest Arts Centre, New Milton on Monday December 16th when we played for our end of year concert. The band really rose to the occasion and performed brilliantly!
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Chichester Improvisation & Ensemble Workshops

Chichester Improvisation & Ensemble Workshops

June 15th &16th 2019 saw two JazzSmart Workshops running side by side at Chichester University. Mike Hall returned to run a fantastic jazz improvisation workshop and James Rawlinson lead a Saxophone Ensemble workshop.

Bob Reynolds Masterclass

Bob Reynolds Masterclass

We were very privileged to have saxophonist Bob Reynolds lead a masterclass for us in Southampton in April. Bob brought a wealth of experience and wisdom and imparted this so eloquently to a room of very eager saxophonists.
Bob discussed in brief his 7 T Practice

Music Technology & Performance 3 Day Workshop

Music Technology & Performance 3 Day Workshop

We had a blast on August 10th -12th. Friday saw everyone getting to know each other and performing as a group. We had a great mixture of ages and abilities with one course member having travelled from Tasmania to take part! Not sure anyone will beat that record again…

JazzSmart 2018 so far…

JazzSmart 2018 so far…

We are already half way through 2018 and have seen some great courses lead by Andy Scott, Mike Hall & Dan Mar-Molinero. Check the previous workshops tab for more details.

Andy Scott Manchester 2018

Andy Scott Manchester 2018

We had a fantastic weekend on the 17th & 18th February 2018 with Andy Scott at The Manchester College. 14 saxophonists, 3 tutors, loads of music, tea, coffee and biscuits! Andy brought some of his arrangements along for us to play as a massed ensemble and we were joined by a great rhythm section on Sunday afternoon.

Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation

Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation

We have launched something new for 2018. Ever wanted to play jazz and don’t know where to start? Then this is for you. Whether you’re completely new to jazz or just want to improve your basic skills then come along to our quarterly introduction to jazz and improvisation workshops.

Andy Scott Manchester College Sax Workshop

Andy Scott Manchester College Sax Workshop

2017 has signalled the start of something new for JazzSmart; we have moved out an about around the country with our first workshop outing in Manchester. We were based at Manchester College (Shena Simon Campus) which was perfect with its array of live rooms and equipment.

Mike Hall June 2016 Workshop

Mike Hall June 2016 Workshop

Yet another fantastic workshop with a great bunch of Saxophone players, and one Clarinetist, who was as equally nice 😉 Great solos were played, great advice and wisdom was handed out by Mike Hall who seems to bring something new to each session he does for us.

Mike Hall Workshop April 2016

JazzSmartApril2016Another great two-day session with Mike Hall! Mike focussed on improvisation and all that goes with it. Inspirational, educational and fun. Great to see some repeat attendees who were anxious about taking the leap into improvised music finally cast out those demons and go for it! Mike will be back in June (4th & 5th) for more of the same.