George Double
Ned Bennett
Joanna Eden
Paul Higgs
Chris Ingham
Pete Long

Study and enjoy jazz with top jazz musicians

Inclusive and friendly courses & workshops for intermediate and advanced players and singers.

Tune a Month Workshops.

Sign up for our monthly workshops.

We're running a new series of our monthly "Tune a Month" workshops, starting in Octrober 2021.

For just £15 you can study for an hour and a half with our top class workshop leaders and delve into a new number each month. Learn a new tune or learn more about a tune you know and how to enhance your enjoyment of it. 

These workshops are for all instrumentalists and singers. Unlike some online workshops, we put a limit on numbers so that you are not lectured to, but can join in and even do a bit of playing and singing in your own safe space. The workshops will also enhance your enjoyment of listening to jazz, so you can sign up even if you don’t want to work on the music with an instrument.

All workshops use Zoom, you will be sent sheet music before each workshop and workshops run from 8pm to 9.30pm with a ten minute break at half time.

Wednesday 20th October 2021 "Just Friends" with Jezz Franks exploring how to practice a tune.   Jez Franks is a guitarist and composer who co led the band Compassionate dictatorship with Tori Freestone for many years, touring extensively and producing 3 albums. He has toured as a sideman with many world class players including Ingrid Jensen, Andrea Vicari, Gerard Presencer Rick Astley and Monday Murchuri. He is currently part of the sextet Solstice who Have just released their 2nd album ‘Food For Thought’ and has worked as a jazz educator and examiner in all of the country’s top conservatoires for over 20 years. 

To apply, please email me . neiljazzsax@outlook.com 

All our current and past tutors also offer one-to-one online lessons during the lockdown. If you are interested, please let me know and I can forward your interest to them.

Spring Jazz Course 19 - 22 April 2022

Spring Jazz Course 19-22 April 2022

Venue: Northgate Arts Centre, Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich,  IP4 3DF

Do you enjoy playing an instrument or singing and want to get to grips with jazz? Or are you a more advanced player who wants to up your game?

Then the Suffolk Jazz School is for you!  We are again repeating our popular and aclaimed four-day course for intermediate and advanced players and singers in purpose-built music premises taught by our top quality team of tutors. Minimum age 16. No maximum age!

Tutors include: George Double (Drums and Musical Director), Ned Bennett (Saxophone and Assistant Musical Director), Pete Long (Saxophone & Clarinet), Paul Higgs (Trumpet), Chris Ingham (Keyboard & Piano), Joanna Eden (Vocals), Malcolm Creese (Bass).  Read more about our tutors.

We work hard to provide an enjoyable and high quality experience by keeping the tutor/participant ratio about 1:7 and by creating a creative, respectful and friendly atmosphere.

Participants will be issued with a certificate of course completion at the end of the course.

Sign up using the application form on this website. Give us a call on 07798 783574 if you would like to discuss anything.

The course includes:

  • Playing jazz standards in small groups
  • Four days tuition and playing
  • Jazz harmony, rhythm and theory
  • Improvisation
  • Public performance
  • Optional jam sessions

The course runs 9.45 – 4.00 each day. The course is non-residential.  

Fee: £295 (we can accept payments by instalments – please ask). For Enquiries: Neil Bateman: 07798 783574 or 01473 251100 or neiljazzsax@outlook.com.

The course has core music which includes guidance about harmony plus additional pieces selected by each tutor, chosen to meet the needs of the band they lead.  All the sheet music is distributed one month in advance of the course.  We will also have two optional online study sessions of one and half hours each to examine the core music led by tutor Ned Bennett and which will be on two evenings shortly before the course at an additional cost of £30.  We'll issue more details about the online sessions nearer the time to everyone on the course.

COVID:  We have experience of succesfully running a course which was Covid-safe with regular testing, social distancing, enhanced ventilation and other measures.  The venue, is extremely spacious which means that safety measures can be easiliy incorporated.  Your safety as well as that of our tutors is our top priority, so we closely monitor the situation with Covid and take whatever steps to reduce risks we need to.    Please protect yourself and others by being up-to-date with vaccinations.

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Course Programme

Please note: some details of the programme may change

  Tuesday 19th April
 
Wednesday 20th April
 
Thursday 21st April
 
Friday 22nd April
 
9.00 Meet & greet Jam & practice sessions Jam & practice sessions Jam & practice sessions
9.45 Course briefing Course briefing Course briefing Course briefing
10.00 Instrumental & vocal tuition Band sessions (minus drummers & singers) Small group, instrumental, drum & vocal tuition Band sessions
11.00 Break Break Break Break 
11.20 Instrumental & vocal tuition Band sessions (with drummers) Band sessions Band sessions
12.45 Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break

12.30 Lunch

1.45 Tutors’ concert (open to public £5). Tutors In Focus: Topic TBC Tutors In Focus: Topic TBC

1.15 Set up concert

2.45 Break Break Break

1.30 Public performances by bands (open to public. £5)

3.00 Massed Big Band rehearsal Massed Big Band rehearsal  Massed Big Band perfromance (open to public. £3)

2.45 Public performances by bands (open to public)

4.00 Optional jam or practice sessions Optional jam or practice sessions Optional jam or practice sessions

6.00 Course ends

5.00 End End End  
8.00 Evening activity TBC Evening activity TBC Evening activity TBC  

Evening sessions may include pub or private house jam session, a jazz quiz, online workshop, a meal out, a jazz film show.

Our Brilliant Course Tutors

Depending on course numbers and composition, we may also have additional guest tutors. Sometimes for reasons beyond our control, tutor line up may change. All tutors have Enhanced DBS Clearance.

George Double

George Double

Drum tutor and Musical Director

George’s playing and recording credits include Dame Shirley Bassey, Grammy Award Winner Jack Jones, Marc Almond, Ruthie Henshall and Kym Mazelle.

His West End and touring theatre record includes stints on Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Avenue Q, Sinatra and Anything Goes.

Active on the British jazz scene and appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s club in London and elsewhere as a freelancer (with John Etheridge, Digby Fairweather, Derek Nash, Alan Barnes, Tina May, Don Weller, Art Themen, The Joe Loss Orchestra and many others).

He is also curator of Hadleigh and Southwold Jazz Clubs.

George is the senior drum kit consultant for Trinity College London. His books and arrangements are published by Trinity and Faber Music, for whom he has run seminars and workshops in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as at MusikMesse Frankfurt, the London Drum Show and around the UK.

He worked as an examiner for Trinity and formerly, Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 2002-2016. www.georgedouble.com

Ned Bennett

Ned Bennett

Saxophone & Assistant Musical Director

Ned Bennett combines his time as a saxophonist, composer, author, arranger and educator in equal measures. Having studied at Bristol University and the Guildhall School of Music, he plays regularly at jazz clubs and festivals around the UK, often with his own project, The Harlem Meer Cats, playing pared-down arrangements of the Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway bands of the 20s and 30s. He is the author of many tutor books on saxophone and jazz playing, published by Faber, Wise Music, Boston Music etc, and teaches at a prestigious school in London. His arrangements have included large-scale vocal projects for Jacqui Dankworth, Joe Stilgoe, Claire Martin, and Clare Teal, and he often receives commissions for other orchestrations and miscellaneous compositions.  www.worldofned.co.uk

Chris Allard

Chris Allard

Guitar

Chris has performed at prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, The O2 Arena in London, Duoro Jazz Festival in Portugal, the Pyramids and Great Sphinx in Cairo, BBC Proms in Hyde Park, Beiteddine Arts Festival Lebanon, the Royal Albert Hall.

He has performed/recorded with Jacqui Dankworth, Russell Watson, Jamie Cullum, Charlie Wood, the BBC Big Band, Alison Balsom and Dame Cleo Laine, amongst others. Chris’s band has played all over the UK and in Europe, including the International Guitar Festival and Ronnie Scott’s.

His most recent solo album Invisible Landscape was his fourth as a bandleader, and received critical acclaim including: ★★★★ Guitarist Magazine.

Chris is also a Professor of Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he is currently doing a PhD in contemporary jazz guitar.

www.chrisallard.co.uk

Malcolm Creese

Malcolm Creese

Bass

Malcolm Creese combines jazz and classical performances with extensive film, television and recording work. He studied cello at London’s Guildhall School of Music, later switching to double bass. He has performed or recorded with George Shearing, George Benson, Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Cleo Laine, Diana Ross, Sting, James Galway, John Williams, the Allegri, Fitzwilliam and Heath String Quartets, the Choir of Westminster Abbey, and the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and Concertgebouw Orchestras. Malcolm’s film credits include Gladiator, Shrek, Cold Mountain, Paddington and Lord Of The Rings. Malcolm plays in the highly successful trio Acoustic Triangle, alongside pianist Gwilym Simcock and saxophonist Tim Garland. He is an experienced record producer and he has taught and examined at London’s Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College.  Malcolm was appointed Artistic Director of the Swaledale Festival in October 2007. 

Joanna Eden

Joanna Eden

Vocals

Joanna Eden first established herself as one of the foremost singer/pianist/songwriters to watch in the 2000’s with a breakout album on Universal Records, airplay on the BBC, as well as touring with the likes of Jamie Cullum, Van Morrison, the Buena Vista Social Club and Ronan Keating at festivals all over the UK. 

Joanna has written over 60 original songs, was a featured judge on BBC One’s singing programme “All Together Now” and is a highly sought-after vocal coach having mentored international mega star Sam Smith.“The reason I sing …..” says Sam Smith.   She has run community music projects for Opera North, Saffron Hall, Addenbrookes University Trust, The Young Foundation and Anglia Ruskin University where she has been a tutor since 2010.

Her live show combines the energy and rhythmic diversity of Latin music together with the intimacy and honesty of her highly acclaimed jazz-influenced work.  Joanna’s 6th studio album ‘Love Quiet’ is due for release this autumn.

www.joannaeden.net

Paul Higgs

Paul Higgs

Trumpet

Trumpeter Paul Higgs is renowned as one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and composers. He is sought after as a versatile composer and performer in the varied world of theatre, film, TV, gigs and concerts.  His album Pavanne reached Number 1 in the One World World Music charts.

Blending the traditions of classical and jazz, he is an accomplished music educator who has the ability to communicate the subtlety and richness of jazz to his students in an engaging manner.

Paul has performed with a wide variety of other musicians including Johnny Dankworth, Nancy Wilson and Shorty Rogers.   For many years Paul was a Musical Director for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. www.paulhiggs.com 

Chris Ingham

Chris Ingham

Keyboard / Piano

Formerly pianist-singer with the acclaimed Flanagan Ingham Quartet, Chris has led his own quartet since 2013. His projects, Hoagy (2014) and Dudley (2017), have toured extensively inspiring critical praise and audience acclaim.

He is musical director of Jazz At The Movies and leads Rebop, a sextet specialising in modern jazz 1945-65. He is a record producer (Ruthie Henshall I've Loved These Days, Simply the Songs of Burt Bacharach), author (Rough Guide To The Beatles / Frank Sinatra), TV composer (Wartime Crime) and host/house pianist of Jazz the Hunter Club and the Songbook Sunday sessions in Bury St Edmunds. www.chrisingham.co.uk.

Pete Long

Pete Long

Saxophone & clarinet

Over the last couple of years, Pete’s career has divided into three distinct streams- as an educator, working in master classes and as soloist with young musicians all over Britain, from the furthest point of West Wales to the orchestras at the Royal Academy, The Guildhall and the Royal College. In conjunction with this work, Pete has helped develop a new series of student woodwind instruments with a leading UK Manufacturer. As a jazz soloist, Pete has appeared with resident trios in the provinces and has often been caught at Ronnie Scott’s.

It is however, as a bandleader and orchestrator that Pete spends most of his time currently, and directing the Big Band at Ronnie Scott’s alongside his own projects. These include his award-winning repertory orchestra Echoes Of Ellington, whose 2018 album “The Jazz Planets” won the Times “Must Have Jazz CD Of The Year”. Further commissions have involved a re-imagining of Swan Lake in the style of Duke Ellington, and a transcription and re-orchestration of “The Days Of Future Passed” for the Moody Blues. In the course of this work, Pete has provided musicians and arrangements for Claire Sweeney, Jane MacDonald, Humphrey Lytlleton, Sir John Dankworth, the entire cast of Emmerdale (!) and a host of others.  www.plong.co.uk/  

Suffolk Jazz School Application Form

To apply for the Jazz Course, please download and complete the Application Form.

You can either print and post the form with a cheque for £295 to Suffolk Jazz School Ltd, 32 Kingsfield Avenue, Ipswich, IP1 3TA or fill-in the form in Acrobat and email it to neiljazzsax@outlook.com and also please send payment for £295 via bank transfer (we will give you the bank details after you apply). We will refund if we cancel the course.  Please contact us if you would like to pay in instalments.

Course Fees £295
For Enquiries: 07798 783574 or neiljazzsax@outlook.com

Sheet Music and Course Handbook

Sheet music with lyrics for all instruments and a course handbook will be available to download from a link at the bottom of this page about a month before the course. People who apply and pay the fee will be sent a password to use to download.

The password will also give you access to the course handbook. Please print off and bring all the music for your instrument or voice with you to the course.