PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 16–20 August 2017

After last years success the GMF London Jazz Workshop and Music Festival returns to Pizza Express to stage another celebration of music rich with jazz, latin, blues, world and creative improvised music, in a dazzling series of concerts, workshops and “after hours” sessions, featuring world- leading Jazz Artists, and showcasing the next generation of stars. This years exceptional gathering features, New York piano giant Bruce Barth, European multi award winning saxophone star Perico Sambeat and masterful Italian percussionist a Francesco Petreni, as well as top British artists and many more sensational musical treats from the around the world.

Team of teachers and performers

Bruce Barth, USA piano
Perico Sambeat, ESP saxophone and flute
Francesco Petreni, ITA drums percussion samba
Jean Toussaint, USA saxophone
G Rozenthuler, ARG vocals body breathing
Stephen Keogh, IRL drums pulse
Arnie Somogyi, UK bass
Nick Fitch, UK guitar
Libor Smoldas, CZECH guitar
Eddie Hick, UK drums
Mark Hodgson, UK bass
Nel Begley, UK vocals
Barry Green, UK piano
Viktorija Pilatovic, LT vocals
Victor Jimenez, ESP alto saxophone

The classy intimate setting of London best Jazz Club, the team of outstanding performers and teachers and the varied schedule of activity all add up to an unforgettable experience for everyone who takes part.

• An exceptional roster of Internationally acclaimed artists/teachers

• Intensive study – some 5 hours tuition per day, including supervised rehearsals, group workshops and ensemble sessions

• Free admission to all concerts – 7 in total, plus nightly jam sessions – given by members of the faculty and guest artists

• A stimulating programme of activities to develop musicianship skills and awareness: Choir, Samba, Pulse Training, Ear Training, Coordination and Movement

• Staged in the heart of London’s vital cultural and entertainment district Soho, in the award winning venue The Pizza Express Jazz Club


Some info about this course:

The course has more of an emphasis on playing and performance and there are opportunities each afternoon to do this at the Ensemble Master-class and at night during the extended Jam Sessions. The vocalists will work in a group setting with Guillermo, and there will be one master-class with Rhythm section led by René Marie focusing on the lyric, “bringing the song to life” and “connecting with the audience”.

Morning Sessions

“Whole group” sessions on Pulse & Polyrhythms / Vocal & Body / Samba and Latin

Instrumental and Vocal classes

These take place and different locations in Soho after the whole group sessions and before lunch break.

Afternoon Sessions

Ensemble Master-classes

Students are formed into 3 different ensembles. Each day during this session the ensembles will work on, and develop pieces, for public performance on Sunday 21st. Feedback and constructive advice will be given by the tutors. The session will be staged in master-class format so that all participants can listen and benefit from the feedback and the experience. Each ensemble will play for 1 hour and then listen/observe for the rest of the period. These sessions open to course participants only. The final performance on the last day is a public concert.

Jam Sessions

Each night a late night jam session where students and tutors can come together and play, into the wee small hours, will take place. On Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday this will start at 11pm and on Friday and Saturday start time will be midnight.

Weds 16

Arrive London

register, meet and greet, opening concert followed by jam session


Thursday 17 – Saturday 19

Daytime activities and timetable

1000 – 1200 pulse – samba – vocal – venue tbc

1330 – 1630 ensemble master-classes

2030 evening concert

2300 – 130am jam session


Sunday 20th

Students concert at lunchtime

Main evening concert

Jam Session

End of course


Summer Jazz Workshop (instrumental or vocal) in the South of France near Nice : Coaraze

Coartjazz summer jazz workshop runs every August for 5 days in a wonderful perched village in the South of France near Nice (Int. Airport) with great tutors/artists

For 2017, from 22nd to 26th of August,

Masterclasses with :
Piano : Franck AVITABILE
Jazz vocal : Marianne SOLIVAN (USA)
Sax & Clarinet : Alex TERRIER
DoubleBass: Felipe CABRERA (Cuba)
Guitar : Louis WINSBERG
Drums : Matthieu CHAZARENC
Improvisation : Olivier KER OURIO

Masterclasses and improvisation class in the morning, small ensembles ateliers in the afternoons, followed by jam sessions and a tutor concert the last night

You are an average or advanced musician you can register online on our sitehttp://www.coartjazz.fr or email me for further inquiry : jean-marie@coartjazz.fr

To register : http://www.coartjazz.fr

Second Bank Holiday weekend

TUTORS: Iain Ballamy – sax, Andy Tweed – sax, Jim Blomfield – piano, Alison Rayner – double bass

Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th May 2017 (bank holiday weekend)

Prices and tutors  – £112 Early bird, £122 full price, concessions for full time students, Bursary places available

Improvise, groove and perform!

Structured workshops in small groups led by experienced pro jazz musicians
and teachers

Players of all experience and age welcome. Tuition to stretch all abilities

For further information and enrolment go to www.playjazzweekend.co.uk or contact Wiltshire Music Centre on
Tel:01225 860100  Email:info@playjazzweekend.co.uk

Jazz certificates and diplomas

In 1994 the University of St Andrews established the Scottish Certificate in Jazz and followed this in 1995 with the Advanced Diploma. In response to numerous enquiries from former students, the Graduate Diploma in Jazz was launched in 2009. The certificate and diplomas are aimed at professional, semi-professional and aspiring musicians. The courses run throughout the academic year and consist of study days, contact days and a final study weekend in St Andrews, combined with distance learning.

The courses are held in the Music Centre based at Younger Hall, North St, St Andrews. This large building houses a concert hall seating up to 1,000 people and is the main concert venue in St Andrews. It hosts performances by professional and amateur musicians, including regular visits by the University’s Orchestra in Residence the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a series of chamber music concerts by internationally renowned artists, weekly Wednesday lunchtime concerts, jazz nights and much more.

The University of St Andrews offers three part-time courses in jazz:

Scottish Certificate in Jazz

The aim of the Scottish Certificate in Jazz is to provide a grounding in jazz performance skills for jazz musicians who wish to expand their academic understanding, and also for musicians with no jazz experience who are eager to develop their work in this style, either for performance or teaching.

Advanced Diploma in Jazz

The aim of the Advanced Diploma in Jazz is to increase the knowledge and extend the skills of jazz musicians.

Graduate Diploma in Jazz

The aim is to provide a professional training in jazz performance skills with supporting theoretical studies.

Fees and funding

The cost of each course is £500. This is payable in three instalments: £100 upon registration, followed by £200 on each of the first two study days. Payment may be made through the University’s online shop.

Course fees are non-refundable. If after the first study day you decide that you do not wish to continue with the course, you must notify the course coordinator in writing within seven days.

The St Andrews jazz courses are approved for funding by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). The SAAS part-time fee grant is available for students who are ordinarily resident in Scotland and have an individual income of £25,000 or less. For more information please see the SAAS part-time fee grant page.


Vocal workshops NYC

Marianne Solivan is a jazz vocalist and educator and director of the MS Jazz Vocal workshop in NYC. She teaches 8 week workshops that delve deeply into the art of singing jazz and working with a band. Every week singers get to work with some of NYC’s finest jazz musicians and hone their skills and musical terminology so that they can effectively arrange and direct their material. We also work on swing well and singing in other jazz grooves, counting off, giving cues, creating arrangements, phrasing, having good time and learning more about how to improvise.
This summer we had out first Summer Concert Series featuring singers from the workshop. In addition, every 8 week class ends with a performance at ta NYC Jazz club. Past clubs include Zeb’s, Smalls, Don’t Tell Mama’s and Mezzrow.

Two new 8 week workshops beginning in September.
This Fall there will be two workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Michiko Studios. These are great classes where you get to work with a trio every week and work on arrangements, phrasing, band leadership and directing your vision for your song all while working with some of the best musicians in town. Stage 1, on Tuesday Nights is for students that are looking to work on terminology, cues, grooves and phrasing.
Stage 2, Wednesday nights will be for students that feel comfortable with musical terminology and cues and are ready to work on expanding their vision of their songs. We will work on broader arrangements, duo work, medleys and much more. For this class the instrumentation will vary and include guitarists.

You can find more info at http://www.facebook.com/MSJazzVocalWorkshop
or on my site at http://www.mariannesolivanjazz.com on the Workshops page

Summer Jazz Workshop (instrumental or vocal) in the South of France : Coartjazz

Coartjazz summer jazz workshop runs every August for 5 days in a wonderful perched village in the South of France near Nice (Int. Airport) with great well known tutors.

Dates: Check website for dates

Classes given by:
Piano : Pierre De Bethmann
Jazz vocal : Tina MAY (Great British vocalist)
Sax & Clarinet : Alex TERRIER
DoubleBass: Felipe CABRERA (Cuba)
Guitar : Federico CASAGRANDE (Italy)
Drums : Louis MOUTIN
Rhythm : Matthieu CHAZARENC

Masterclasses and rhythm classes in the morning, theory classes or individual lessons in the afternoons, followed by jam sessions and a tutor concert the last night

You are an average or advanced musician you can register online on our sitehttp://www.coartjazz.fr or email me for further inquiry : jean-marie@coartjazz.fr

This workshops runs late August with a team of 5 well known artists. This summer school is for 9-10 students max,  intermediate or advanced musicians. Jam sessions every nights + concerts / Check our website http://www.coartjazz.fr – Mail :jean-marie@coartjazz.fr

New York Jazz Masters in Poland/ Trzebnica – International Workshops is a unique educational program taking place in Poland aimed at students of jazz music from all across the world. It features the most notable jazz musicians and professors from some of the best music schools in the United States, including The Manhattan School of Music, Columbia College, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Dave Douglas – trumpet http://www.davedouglas.com
Greg Osby – sax http://www.gregosby.com
Mark Soskin – Piano http://www.marksoskin.com
Rory Stuart – guitar http://www.rorystuart.com
Matt Penman – bass http://mattpenman.com/Site/Welcome.html
Greg Hutchinson – drummshttp://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Greg_Hutchinson.html

All faculty members are prominent jazz musicians whose longlasting careers include international tours and numerous acclaimed recordings. Students will be able to get first-hand knowledge and feedback from these masters without having to travel across the ocean. The workshops take place in Trzebnica (near Wrocław in Lower Silesia, Poland). Transportation from Wrocław International Airport will be provided by the organizers. We hope to see you in August!