undefinedSteve Banks

Clear and practical advice on understanding, exploring and practicing Jazz improvisation. This includes guidance on harmony, rhythm, repertoire, clearly interpreting tunes and developing your own Jazz language.

STANDARD: CONFIDENT, SKILFUL

Resident: £320 Non-Resident: £232 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 21/241

Booking for Members opens at 9am on Monday 11 January 2021. 

Non-Member and online booking opens at 9am on Monday 8 February 2021. 

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.

What is the course about?

This inspirational course offers clear and practical advice on understanding, exploring and practicing Jazz improvisation. Focusses include guidance on harmony, rhythm, repertoire, clearly interpreting tunes and developing your own Jazz language. There will be plenty of opportunities to practically apply new concepts and awareness to your instrument during the course and everything will be presented within an engaging and supportive environment for all instrumentalists. Specific guidance will also be provided on effective practice methods to continue developing independently after the course.

Described in Jazzwise Magazine as evoking a “Metheny-esque lyricism”, guitarist Steve Banks’ captivating style, lyricism and versatility have kept him much in demand. He has recorded and performed with Sara Colman, Greg Cordez and We Are Leif amongst many others.  Recent UK performances include Birmingham Symphony Hall, Kings Place, London, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London, Colston Hall, Bristol and Eastside Jazz Club, Birmingham.

Tutor website: www.steve-banks.co.uk

What will we cover?

Jazz improvisation – harmony, rhythm, repertoire, interpreting charts, practice methods.

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Understand, practically apply and develop key concepts of Jazz improvisation

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

An intermediate level of Jazz is recommended including some awareness and experience of studying/playing from Jazz repertoire.

Standard: Confident, Skilful

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

The course will be predominantly practical group work with the option of smaller ‘break out’ study groups and plenty of tutor support/feedback.

Preparation by playing and practicing Jazz language and repertoire is recommended.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

No, it will be provided by the tutor on the course.

Is there anything I need to bring?

Instrument and pen/notebook.

What previous participants said about this course…

“Steve Banks evokes a Metheny-esque lyricism” – Jazzwise

“Steve Banks brings a crisp lyricism that mimics Colman’s flight patterns then deviates in fascinating directions” – Bandcamp

“A remarkable guitarist” - Fringe Jazz

“SBQ showcases Steve’s distinctive solo playing to the full…like all the compositions this was a statuesque piece…Steve’s melodies were accessible showcases for the band’s collective and individual talents across a range of moods” – Bristol 24/7