Winter Jazz Course
16-19 February 2021
Northgate Arts Centre, Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich, IP4 3DF

Some comments about our past courses:

"It has been incredible to have access to pro musicians who are at the top of their game and who have shared their knowledge with such enthusiasm and encouragement".

"The enormous effort you have lavished on the course is enormously appreciated...I have learnt a huge amount".

"I really enjoyed the course and was impresssed by the way the tutors were able to give every player a little/big moment of glory, bringing out the best in everybody, whatever standard they were at".

"Awesome just to be in the tutors' presence".

"The level of tutoring is outstanding".

"I had a fantastic time and really can't express how much it meant to me".

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), Chris Allard (guitar), Jose Canha (bass), Paul Higgs (trumpet) and Joanna Eden (vocals) plus guest tutors. Read more about our tutors.

Unlike some courses, we strive to provide an enjoyable and high quality expereince by keeping the tutor/participant ratio at1:7 and by creating a respectful and friendly atmosphere.

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


The course includes:

  • Playing jazz standards in small groups (sheet music will be available in advance from this website in the New Year)
  • Instrumental and vocal tuition
  • Four days tuition
  • Jazz harmony, rhythm and theory
  • Improvisation
  • Jam sessions

Based at Northgate Arts Centre, Ipswich. Course runs 9.45 –17.00 each day with jam sessions from 9.00. The course is non-residential and includes a public performance on Friday evening to show your new skills in a live performance at a professional venue as well as a jam session at a local pub. There is also a public 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, social area and ample free car parking on site.

Course Fees: £295 (we can accept payments by instalments – please ask)
For Enquiries: Neil Bateman: 07798 783574 or 01473 251100 or