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Based at Chichester University, United Kingdom, Mehr Clef is a Nor For Profit Jazz Organization, offering Summer Schools, Professional Development Courses, Masterclasses, Workshops, Tuition and Live Jazz Events to showcase students.

Everyone involved in the organization is an experienced musician/performer and teacher and has, first and foremost, students’ and musicians’ interests at heart.

Courses and workshops are tailored to cater for all ages and ability levels, from beginners to professionals, and offer excellent performance and networking opportunities.

Our tutors are among the very best in the UK and most of them are professors for Jazz at Britain’s finest and most desirable Music Colleges and Conservatoires:

Malcolm Edmonstone – Head of Jazz, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
Martin France – Jazz Professor at Royal Academy of Music, London
Lee Gibson – Senior Jazz Professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
Mark Hodgson – Jazz Professor at Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham
Stan Sulzmann – Jazz Professor at Royal Academy of Music, London
Steve Waterman – Jazz Professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London



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To all who love to sing: why not join the Vocal Pop & Jazz Days 2018

The VPJD are a week of singing vocal pop and jazz, held every other year in Kontakt der Kontinenten in Soesterberg, the Netherlands.
Edition 2018 will start on Sunday morning August 12th, 2018 with arrival at 9.30 and ends Saturday August 18th after breakfast.

We offer three great conductors: our ‘Dutch heroes’ Tijs Krammer (NL) and Merel Martens (NL), and our guest conductor Kerry Marsh (USA), who will give his very first European workshop with us!

Participants sing both in the big choir and in one of the three subchoirs of about 30 singers. Every choir works with all three conductors.
Extra ambitious singers can audition for our selection choir, in which 12 singers study extra songs and spend extra time with our guest conductor. This does mean they do not have time to also sing in the big choir.

In addition to rehearsals, we have workshops and labs at different levels, where we go deeper into several aspects of singing and conducting.

The official part of the week ends with a public presentation on Friday afternoon, followed by a private celebration in the evening. The program ends after breakfast on Saturday August 18th.

We hope to once again host 90 participants coming from over ten countries. Usually, between half and two-thirds of all participants have participated before. So there are always old friends to meet and new friends to make!
Come and join us?

More information and enrolment: see http://www.vpjd.nl

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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

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

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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!



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A participant focused music course, centred primarily on jazz skills, that is open to musicians of all levels, abilities and ages.

Course runs for a week in July at

Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn, Perthshire

Check website for exact dates.


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Every year in July
Tutors: Paul Eshelby and Nick Care

A wonderful opportunity to enjoy and share your love for the sound of the Big Band in the company of the like-minded. We’ll cover a wide range of repertoire under the expert guidance of Paul Eshelby, trumpeter with the BBC Big Band, who has played with everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Phil Collins via Shirley Bassey. There will be sectionals, and visiting tutors will also give some solo coaching. We’re looking for saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drum players of intermediate standard upwards, and we’ll be working alongside the Big Band Singing Summer School. We begin at 7 pm on the first day and finish after breakfast on the final day. And naturally, automatic right of entry to the annual A Night of Jazz concert on Thursday 24 July is included.

Every summer in July
Tutors: Check website/ brochure

If you’ve ever yearned to sing with the sound of a Big Band behind you, then here’s your chance. Working under the guidance of Anton Browne and Jenny Howe, two of the finest Big Band singers around, you’ll explore and develop vocal techniques relevant to the genre, study the art of stagecraft and presentation, discover how to make a well-known song your own, and learn about microphone technique and singing in harmony. We’d like you to prepare two standard songs from the repertoire and to bring along chord charts. We’ll provide songs and duets too. A portable CD player and some kind of recording machine will also prove useful. We begin at 7 pm on the first day and finish after breakfast on the final day. And of course you get free entry to the A Night of Jazz concert on Thursday 24 July, an occasion which always buzzes.

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The Jazz Summer School includes:

Singers’ Weekend
A unique large group workshop for singers from all backgrounds, working on jazz, gospel, African and world music. Led over two days by Scott Stroman, Lee Gibson, Gitika Partington, Lucky Moyo and guests, it culminates in a concert with a great band on the Sunday night. No music reading necessary—all learned and performed by ear!

One Week Jazz & Rock Course
The long-running course for instrumentalists and singers begins on the Sunday evening and finishes with a huge concert on the Friday evening. All ages and abilities, and all instruments and vocalists, are welcome. The course includes jazz & rock bands and combos, big bands, vocal groups, classes in harmony, rhythm, and improvisation, instrumental and vocal classes, rock and Latin workshops, computer music. In the evenings there are tutor concerts and “the Club” – it’s a busy and vibrant week. Classes and rehearsals run from 10am until 5:30pm daily, followed by Tutors’ concerts from 7-8pm and the Club from 8:15-10pm.

“Thoroughly enjoyable… it enabled me to learn many new skills and techniques.” Singers’ Weekend participant 2012

“I learnt a lot of valuable lessons from the week and was inspired by some incredible people.” One Week Jazz & Rock Course participant 2012

The Guildhall Jazz and Rock Summer School has something for everyone, at every age and level of experience, in a wide range of styles embracing jazz, rock, latin, funk, gospel, blues, studio music and more. It’s a fun, happy, encouraging and vibrant place to try something new or expand your skills. Auditions are not required.

For more information, visit http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/musicsummerschools or email jazz@gsmd.ac.uk

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