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… The remainder of the course was spent playing and recording. All members of the course went away understanding how to use P.A., microphones, monitors and many facets of multitrack recording. 

A big thank you must go to Red Triangle productions for giving us a tour of their studio. Very impressive. Also thanks to Sontronics for use of some very nice microphones. Sontronics is based in Poole, Dorset and we can highly recommend their products!

We will be running this course again next year as the tutors enjoyed it just as much as the attendees!



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.

We still have 2 courses left for 2018 – Technology & Performance with James Rawlinson and Geoff Westgate in August and Derek Nash will be with us in October. Andy Scott will also be back in February 2019 for the 3rd year at The Manchester College. There are plans formulating for the rest of 2019, details of which will hit the website soon. We have listened to what you want and hopefully you will be as excited about the new courses as we are.

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. Each day was split into 4 sessions ; massed ensemble, beginner and intermediate jazz improvisation, classical technique and quartet playing.

Saturday night saw us venture into Chinatown for a meal during the Chinese New Year celebrations. Lunchtimes were spent in a very nice cafe “Chez” round the corner from Manchester College. Diets begin today!

This is the second year that we have run this course and we are pleased to announce the course will return next year on 16th & 17th February 2019! Watch the website for more details of how to book.





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. Run by James Rawlinson this workshop promises to demystify how and what to play over well known jazz standards. To read more and to book please click here.

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. The two day workshop consisted of large ensemble playing and sax quartets. Andy tried his hardest to test our abilities and this for me culminated in a very interesting composition named “Seethe”. More difficult rhythms than this are yet to be invented! We will be continuing to move around the country and test the water with our next non Bournemouth area course in Chichester. More details here

We had a mixture of ages and abilities attending the course and one player travelled from Hong Kong to participate. It was also great to see Kerry from Yanagisawa Saxophones and Vandoren UK who let us use and try out the new Yanagisawa series from Soprano to Baritone. We hope to run this course around the same time next year, watch the website for more details. A big thanks goes to Andy Scott for his inspirational words teaching and to Manchester College for the use of their facilities.


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. We had a blast (literally) at the Jam Session in The Ship Pub in Christchurch and will be repeating it on Saturday July 30th for the Andy Scott Workshop.  Thanks to all who attended, hope to see you again soon!


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.


Krzysztof Urbanski 2016

Krzysztof Urbanski3IMG_3211We were very excited to have Krzysztof Urbanski along for a days jazz masterclass / clinic and workshop on Saturday 13th February. What a talented and humble chap he is! He had so much wisdom and experience to share and we were left at the end of the day wanting more. We strongly advise you to check him out online and buy his album and hope to have Krzysztof back soon for a 2 day course. Watch this space for more details and join the mailing list.

You can purchase his album “History of Tomorrow and read more about where he is performing at


Listen to Kris on Soundcloud here.

Saxophone Masterclass with Krzysztof Urbanski – February 2016

Krzysztof UrbanskiMultiple award winner Jazz Saxophonist Krzysztof Urbanski has been hailed as “one of the best in his generation” by the likes of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, taking 1st place in World saxophone competitions as far flung as Taiwan, as well as 1st place in the Keilwerth Sax Idol competition in Chicago, USA. After we attended a short masterclass recently at the RNCM with Krzysztof we were so blown away with his thoughts and playing in relation to sound, technique and improvisation we knew we had to host a masterclass here at JazzSmart. We honestly think this will be so inspirational to be life changing to your playing.