Sheffield Jazz runs a Saturday Morning Workshop providing an opportunity for people to learn about and explore the theory and practice of jazz improvisation in a supportive group environment. The Workshop is now in its 40th year!

There are currently five groups running every Saturday morning which are loosely graded from beginners to more experienced, each under the guidance of a tutor who is a jazz musician with wide experience of playing and teaching.

Individual instrumental tuition is not provided – some basic ability on your chosen instrument is required. Some familiarity with music theory would be helpful but is not a requirement.

Sheffield Jazz Workshop is intended for adults but is open to under-18s with parental consent, provided that they are able to participate and behave appropriately in the group.

Twice a year a concert will be arranged where each group will perform material that has been worked on during the preceding sessions.

All sessions are open for anyone to drop in. There’s no obligation to attend for a whole term but regular attendance will return greater benefits.
If you turn up at about 9.40 there’ll be people around to ask for directions. You are welcome to try different groups to find the one which suits you best.

Times: 10.00am–12.30pm on Saturdays: Most Saturdays during school term time.

Location: King Edward’s Upper School, Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2PW (near to the Hallamshire Hospital and King Edward’s Swimming Pool – car park access from Glossop Rd or Newbould Lane)’

Cost per session: Waged : £14.00. Unwaged : £7.00

Who’s it for? Anyone interested in exploring jazz improvisation is welcome to join in. The best way to find out if it’s right for you is turn up and give it a try, including just to listen and observe without an instrument at first if you so wish. The Workshop does not own or provide any equipment so you need to bring your own gear. It will be necessary for keyboard players to bring an electric keyboard as the rooms we use don’t have pianos. Guitarists and bass players will need to bring an amp. Vocalists will need a mic and an amp unless you have a very strong voice! (Bear in mind you’ll probably be in a room with 6 – 10 saxophones or brass instruments and need enough amplification to be heard in that context.) Everyone else bring your instrument (and a music stand plus pencil & paper).

Tutors: Workshop groups are mostly run by Chris Walker, Peter Fairclough, Hannah Taylor, Graham Jones and Nadim Teimoori. Occasionally some sessions will be run by other musicians, including Johnny Hunter, Jude Sacker, Dave Burgoyne and Paul Baxter.

Want more information? Ring  Chris Walker on 07791 843903.

Some regular opportunities to hear live jazz in Sheffield:

– Two seasons of concerts per year, mainly on Friday nights, put on by Sheffield Jazz (mostly at Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD) of national and international bands (see sheffieldjazz.org.uk,  or Twitter feed: @SheffieldJazz). Workshop participants can get entry on the door at Crookes and Firth Hall at the discounted concessions rate.

– Regular Wednesday night jazz, every week at The Lescar (Sharrowvale Rd – near Hunter’s Bar) Email: lescarjazz@gmail.com  Tel. 0774 020 1939 – get the latest details from the Lescar facebook page, the Lescar website
(www.jazzatthelescar.com), and also from the Sheffield Jazz Twitter feed
(@SheffieldJazz)

– There’s also a jazz jam session at the White Lion (615 London Road) on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Monday of each month, mostly attended by Workshop participants, open to anyone to join in.