World-class tutors, state-of-the-art facilities, beautiful Cornwall: University College Falmouth and Yamaha have come together to create one of the hottest new jazz summer schools in the country.
The course enables you to choose your own programme of study, work with top jazz musicians, form your own bands and record your music, all in our brand new, purpose-built Performance Centre. Whatever your previous experience, we aim to further your skills, your understanding and your appreciation of jazz, all in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Course tutors will also be performing gigs in the evenings, giving you a great chance to hear some top jazz names all as part of the package. Following the gigs, you’ll be free to socialise in the on-site bar and café.
Vocalist and educator, Brigitte Beraha is Professor of Jazz Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. She has released two albums under her own name to great critical acclaim – ‘Prelude to A Kiss’ on FMR Records (2005) and ‘Flying Dreams’ on F-Ire Records – and is preparing two albums for release this year, the first with Babelfish, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, and a Standards album with Bobby Wellins and John Turville, recorded in Italy.
Guitarist and educator, Jez Franks has taught at the Royal Academy of Music and Leeds College of Music, and is currently the lead guitar tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Finalist of Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 1990, Jez has been in demand ever since, and has played, toured and recorded with a wide range of ensembles, including F-ire Collective member Tom Arthurs’ ‘Centripede’, Russell Van den Berg, Asaf Sirkis’ ‘Inner Noise’, ‘Centreline’, Rick Astley, Henry Lowther, Gerard Presencer, Koby Israeilite and Johnny Mayor.
Trumpeter, composer, educator and jazz impresario, Andy Hague has been directing jazz summer schools and big bands around the South West for the past eight years. As a trumpeter, he leads his own quintet, big band and salsa group, Conjunto Gringo, and has released three CDs. The quintet has undertaken several national tours and Andy’s various groups have appeared at jazz festivals in Edinburgh, Brecon, Swanage, Marlborough and Teignmouth.
Andy has appeared as a session player on numerous recordings, most notably the first two Portishead albums & their Live in New York DVD, and has played on various film and TV scores, including The Big Swap (by Niall Johnson, who went on to make White Noise), and A Good Woman (starring Helen Hunt & Scarlett Johannson). He has received composition commissions from Bristol Brass Consort, South West Jazz and Jazz at the Albert.
Saxophonist, composer and educator, Ed Jones has lectured in Jazz in universities around the UK, Finland and Japan, including at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He currently lectures at Leeds College of Music, as well as pursing a busy career as composer and performer.
Described by the Evening Standard’s Jack Massarik as “one of the most fluent and forceful players in Europe”, Ed has released 11 solo albums to date, and has received numerous commissions and grants for his roles as performer, composer and educator within Jazz, Rock and Classical domains.
Drummer, composer and educator, Keith Michael has performed and taught around the UK and Asia. He has played with Ustad Usman Khan and Alryo Lima (of Weather Report) in India, Ryan Griffith and Toshiya Kazamatsuin in Japan, and his own ensembles in Korea and Thailand.
Keith currently works at University College Falmouth and leads a weekly jazz event in London’s West End, playing alongside musicians such as Jim Mullen, Steve Fishwick, James Allsop, Quentin Collins, Ed Jones, Damon Brown, Alex Garnet, Alyson Neale, Tommaso Starace, Brigitte Beraha, Sigurta Fulvio, Jim Hart, Gareth Lochrane, Jez Franks, Chris Allard, Dave Preston, Ross Stanley, Dave Mannington and Julie Walkington.
Pianist, composer and educator for 20 years, Jonathan Taylor currently teaches jazz at the Guildhall School in London. He has worked with legendary funk musicians Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley, and has played and recorded with many great jazz musicians including Iain Ballamy, Eddie Parker, Andy Sheppard, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead and Steve Arguelles. He is also a founder member of the UK’s leading tango ensemble, Tango Siempre, performing in venues around the world.
Double bassist, composer and educator, Riaan Vosloo has made many appearances with many well-known artists and has a growing portfolio of composition and album credits, including work for Universal, Sony, Ninja Tune, Decca records, Tru Thourghts, and Impossible Ark Records. On top of his freelance work Riaan currently occupies the Bass chair in many projects including Nostalgia 77, Twelves, James Allsop/Ross Stanley quartet, Ed Jones quartet and Richard Fairhursts Triptych. Riaan is currently taking a PhD in composition at Birmingham Conservatoire.
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