The course welcomes instrumentalists with some jazz experience who want to develop and improve their improvisation and performance skills.

World class performers and tutors, intensive and practical approach with lots of structured ensemble work, analysis and technique plus late night jamming.

Course Dates

Week 1: 31st July - 6th August ( 6 nights)   WAITING LIST FOR PIANO , HORNS and BASS... other instruments have space

Tutors: Alan Barnes (brass/woodwind),Barry Green (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass)

Tristan Mailliot (drums). Vocal course: Brigitte Beraha.


Week 2: 6th August - 12th August (6 nights)  SPACES FOR HORN PLAYERS AND DRUMMERS ONLY 

Tutors: Gareth Lockrane (brass/woodwind) ,Rob Barron and Barry Green (piano),Oli Hayhurst (bass)  Tristan Mailliot (drums).

Vocal course: Nia Lynn

Week 3: 12th  August -18th August (6 nights) -  A FEW SPACES AVAILABLe please email before booking

Tutors: Gareth Lockrane (brass/woodwind), Mark Ridout  (guitar /bass), Dave Jones (Bass), Mike Gorman (piano /keys), Tristan Mailliot (drums).

There is a Funk option running throughout this course.


Vocal course: Brigitte Beraha


Course Outline Instrumentalists


The course welcomes all woodwind and brass players , guitarists, pianists, bass players (electric or double) and drummers with some jazz experience who want to develop and improve their improvisation,and performance skills.

The emphasis of the course is very practical, so be prepared for lots of playing!

Tristan Mailliot is the course director, dealing with overall organisation as well as teaching drums and leading rhythm workshops.

Classes are a mix of instrumental workshops and ensemble classes focusing on different types of jazz repertoire. We will be covering blues forms, jazz standards and more contemporary material ie. music by Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, John Scofield, Pat Metheny.

Course one will have some added funk workshops. 

Everyone has the the opportunity to prepare pieces of their choice in  quartets and quintets for the evening concert which is followed by an extended jam session. There will also be a woodwind and brass ensemble directed by Gareth Lochrane. We encourage everyone to stretch their musical boundaries and have fun both on and off the bandstand.

Study topics

  • Brass/ Woodwind: Scales, modes, improvisation, repertoire.
  • Piano: Chord/scale relationships, chord voicings and extensions, vocabulary, technique.
  • Bass: Chord/scale relationships, developing walking bass lines, vocabulary and soloing.
  • Drums: Straight eighths and triplet based time feels, stickings, soloing and phrasing, brushwork, metric modulation, Latin.
  • Guitar: chord shapes, scales. Repertoire and styles.

Daily schedule

  • 8.30am: Breakfast.
  • 10.00 to 11.15am: Instrument specific workshop.
  • 11.30-1.00pm: Participants divide into groups and work with tutors.
  • 1.00pm: Lunch.
  • 3.00 to 3.20pm:Song prep with vocalists / Large ensemble 
  • 3.30 to 4.30pm Masterclasses ( transcription, solo analysis, rhythm class) or funk class or jazz choir
  • 4.30 to 7.30pm: Free time for recreation or rehearsals. Ensembles can use allocated rehearsal time to prepare for the evening concerts.
  • 7.30pm:Dinner.
  • 9.00pm onwards:Concert followed by a jam session lasting until about 2AM

Course Fees

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