This course is primarily for players who have always wondered if it were possible to learn jazz but just feel that the whole thing is just too daunting. Chris makes the entire subject of jazz improvisation approachable in a very practical way.


Resident: £320 Non-Resident: £232 Code: 21/270

Booking for Members opens at 9am on Monday 12 April 2021. 

Non-Member and online booking opens at 9am on Monday 10 May 2021. 

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

What is the course about?

We will start by playing a few easy jazz arrangements (all written notes to begin with) then we take our first steps into the uncharted world of jazz improvisation! But Chris will be with you every step of the way and he has a rock solid, nuts and bolts approach to this seemingly arcane world and before you know it you will be improvising in a totally authentic way and understanding how to approach various different styles of jazz.

What will we cover?

General music harmony, jazz theory, melodic composition, playing an improvised jazz solo in several different styles.

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

Play a jazz solo in a variety of jazz styles.

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

No special knowledge required – but an interest in jazz will help and a playing ability of around Grade 4/5 minimum.

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

Mainly in a group but individuals will want to try the various techniques independently.

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?

Just your instrument!