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 new round of monthly workshops.

For just £12 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 19th May, drummer Matt Skelton opens up the world of melodic drumming by showcasing Stompin’ Grounds by Matt Wilson. Bring the rhythm section to the front and get the horns playing along with them.

To apply, please email me stating which workshops you would like to attend. 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.

Summer Jazz Course 1- 4 June 2021.

Northgate Arts Centre, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK

We have redesigned our popular course to take account of the Covid pandemic. The course is much smaller to enable social distancing and many covid-safe practices will be in place in a venue with lots of space.  The "Roadmap" for managing the pandemic looks posistive for us. 

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 delve into more detail?

Then the Suffolk Jazz School is for you! We are 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), Derek Nash (horns), Chris Ingham (keyboard and piano), Joanna Eden (vocals) plus guest tutors. 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 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 (sheet music will be available in advance in the New Year)
  • Four days tuition and playing
  • Jazz harmony, rhythm and theory
  • Improvisation
  • Optional jam sessions

Based at Northgate Arts Centre, Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 3DF. The course runs 9.45 –17.00 each day. The course is non-residential. There is also a concert by the tutors on the first day. Northgate Arts Centre is a modern, spacious, purpose built music school building owned by Suffolk County Council. There are large rehearsal and practice rooms, a performance hall and ample free car parking on site. 

We are keeping a close eye on Covid and will adapt the course to take account of developments and Public Health advice.  If we have to postpone the course, refunds will be given.

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

Our Covid-adjusted Jazz Course Programme

Please note: some details of the programme may change

  Tuesday
1 June
Wednesday
2 June
Thursday
3 June
Friday
4 June
9.45 Course briefing Course briefing Course briefing Course briefing
10.00 Small group, drum & vocal practice  Small group, drum & vocal practice Small group, drum & vocal practice Band sessions
11.00 Break Break Break Break 
11.20 Small group, drum & vocal practice Band sessions Band sessions Band sessions
12.45 Lunch break. (lunch not provided) Lunch break Lunch break

12.30 Lunch

1.45 Tutors’ concert (not open to public). Tutors In Focus: Topic TBC Tutors In Focus: Exploring a new tune 

1.15 Set up concert

2.45 Break Break Break

1.30 Performance by bands 1&2  (not open to public)

3.00 Massed Band rehearsal in Main Hall Massed Band rehearsal in Main Hall   Final Massed Band session & performance in Main Hall

2.45 Performance by bands 3&4 (not open to public)

4.00 Optional jam sessions in band rooms Optional jam sessions in band rooms Optional jam sessions in band rooms

Course ends

5.00 End End End  
8.00 Optional online Afro Cuban Jazz workshop with John Seeley  Online or outdoor jazz quiz Outdoor jazz jam   

The course programme may need to be altered in the light of Covid restrictions.

Singers will work in a vocal group but perform with the tutors' ensemble at the end of course performance.   

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 responsible for the musical direction of the course.

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, Ray Gelato, Ian Shaw, 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

Joanna Eden

Joanna Eden

Vocals

Joanna Eden is one of the UK’s leading singers of jazz and singer/ songwriter material. Her shows Embraceable Ella and Joni & Me celebrating two of her musical heroes, have toured the UK from the Edinburgh Festival to Ronnie Scott’s Club where she is a regular performer. Joanna is an acclaimed songwriter and releases her 4th original album Truth Tree in 2018.

In a performing career that spans 20 years, Joanna has performed all over the world and supported a varied roster of stars including Jamie Cullum, The Buena Vista Social Club, The Blockheads and Ronan Keating.

Also a passionate educator, Joanna has hit the headlines in recent years as the mentor behind singing superstar Sam Smith whom she taught for nine years. www.joannaeden.net

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.

Derek Nash

Derek Nash

Horns

Derek is one of the most popular and highly respected saxophonists in the UK. He has been a full-time member of the Jools Holland R&B Orchestra since 2004 and is also a member Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion.

He leads his own diverse and award- winning groups including his Acoustic Quartet, Sax Appeal, Protect the Beat, Picante and Some Kinda Wonderful. An inspirational mentor and bandleader, he has worked live and on television with such greats as David Sanborn, Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, Chaka Khan and Annie Lennox.

In addition to performing, Derek is a prolific and respected composer and arranger, receiving commissions for his original work. www.dereknash.com.

Joe Pettit

Joe Pettit

Tutoring guitar and bass, Joe  has recorded with Bert Bacharach, Noel Gallagher, Joss Stone, Joe Stilgoe, Clare Teal, Michael Ball, Rick Astley, David Soul, Georgina Jackson, Pete Long, The Puppini Sisters and has performed with Michael Feinstein, Tony Christie, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Curtis Stigers, Claire Martin, Gary Williams, Matt Ford, John Wilson Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.  West End Shows: Matilda, Book of Mormon, 42nd Street, Annie, Oliver!, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and countless others.  Joe is also Musical Director of the Len Phillips Big Band. Studied jazz at Trinity College of Music with Geoff Gascoyne, Simon Wolf and Dave Cliff. Masterclasses with Christian McBride and Ron Carter.

Suffolk Jazz School Application Form

To apply for the Summer 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.