Workshops

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)
plus MARTIN SHAW , ALAN BARNES, IAIN BALLAMY, SIMON ALLEN…..

Next workshop: TOMMASO STARACE

Sept 17th at FLEET JAZZ CLUB

Born in 1975 in Milano, Italy Tommaso started playing the saxophone and studying music at the age of 18. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1994 where he graduated at Birmingham Conservatoire with a Bmus first class honours and later at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama with a Postgraduate Degree in jazz studies in the year 2000. He has performed with some of the most respected jazz musicians including Billy Cobham, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Jim Mullen, Jonathan Gee, Paolo Pellegatti, Gianni Giudici.  In 2008 Tommaso was awarded with an Honorary Membership by Birmingham Conservatoire given to him for his significant contributions made across the years within the various branches of the music profession.

Together with his busy concert schedule, Tommaso has enjoyed across the years teaching and conducting jazz and saxophone workshops. He taught saxophone to large groups of students, beginners to advance, of all ages for more than 8 years  at Morley Adult Education College. He has also taught in several schools including Highgate School.

He conducts jazz and saxophone workshops/ Masterclasses organised by jazz clubs and Music services constantly across the country and he’s a regular at Cambridge Jazz Coop and Brighton Jazz Cooperative.

“’An exciting talent, Starace is developing a seriously impressive body of work’ – Bruce Lindsay – (www.allaboutjazz.com)

WORKSHOP DETAILS

The workshop is taking place at our sister club in Fleet, on Tuesday September 17th, from 5pm to 6.30pm.

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.

The address is The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet GU51 4BY. Booking fee for the workshop is £16 . To book a place please email info@guildfordjazz.org.uk

The masterclass will be followed by Tomasso’s the tutor’s gig at Fleet Jazz club, starting at 8pm, to which workshop participants are warmly invited (click here for more details about the gig)

‘He soars assertively when needed, cajoles and caresses with ‘molto’ lyricism on the ballads and demonstrates unequivocally that it is possible for contemporary jazz to be accessible’. Lance Liddle – ( Bebop Spoken Here)