If you’re a musician, or a student, or just interested in how jazz works, you’re very welcome to come to our Wednesday workshops before our main gig at the Pavilion.

Tutored by the UK’s top jazz musicians, the workshops are open to both students and more experienced players (reasonable technical competence on your instrument is required), as well as spectators, and are an ideal opportunity to learn and  develop jazz improvisational skills from some of the most experienced and highly regarded players in the country.

The sessions start at 5.30pm. until 7pm, at the Guildford and Godalming Rugby Club and costs just £12 (£8 for students).

Previous tutors have included:

GARETH LOCKRANE (Director, Junior Jazz Course, Royal Academy)
MALCOLM EDMONSTONE (Royal Academy, Guildhall, Trinity)
MARK LOCKHEART (Trinity, Royal Academy, National Youth Jazz Collective)
STEVE WATERMAN (Trinity, Royal Northern and Royal Welsh)
MORNINGTON LOCKETT ( Royal College, Trinity, Leeds, Royal Northern)
DAVE O’HIGGINS (LCCM, Goldsmiths. Birmingham)

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Award winning alto saxophonist Martin Speake has been at the forefront of the UK jazz scene since the mid 80’s. Citing Charlie Parker, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Rabih Abou Khalil amongst his major influences, Martin has developed a personal musical voice that expresses a deep understanding of the history and language of Jazz and an individuality as an improviser that is intelligent, melodic, cool, complex, direct, beautiful and profound.

A member of the saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers in the 80s, Martin has recorded over 20 albums under is own name including the internationally acclaimed ECM release Change Of Heart with Paul Motian, Bobo Stenson and Mick Hutton.

Martin is a committed jazz educator and in addition to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance he teaches at the Royal Academy, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School.

“Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent.” – Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times


The workshop is taking place at at the Rugby Club Pavilion, on Wednesday January 8th, from 5.30pm to 7pm.

The workshop is open to both horn and rhythm section players. Some experience of improvisation is recommended and participants up to an advanced level are also welcome. Observers are most welcome also. Music will be sent out in advance of the workshop.

The address is  Guildford Rugby Club, Guildford Road, Godalming GU7 3BU and the booking fee for the workshop is £14/£12 for Guildford Jazz Members/£8 for students. To book a place or for more details please email Marianne at

The workshop will be followed by Martin’s gig at the club, starting at 8pm, to which workshop participants are warmly invited (click here for more details about the gig), at a reduced ticket price of £12/£10 Guildford Jazz Members. A supper of Beef (or Vegetable) Madras with Mushroom Rice and Naan Bread is available after the workshop.