The Jazz Workshop is an informal co-operative venture run by musicians for musicians. It has now been running successfully for over sixteen years, with weekly sessions held in venues in the South East Buckinghamshire/South West Hertfordshire area. We now meet at the Sportsman, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth near Watford, every Monday night at 8 p.m.
For more info, or a chat, contact us by email: info @ jazzworkshop.org.uk (remove spaces) or call Derek on 01494 771200 or 07895 198254 or email Derek directly on derek.mander @ tesco.net (remove spaces).
The Jazz Workshop has two main aims, which are primarily educational:
Ø to introduce new musicians to playing jazz, so that more people play jazz
Ø to provide opportunities for existing jazz musicians to play together to improve their ensemble playing.
We attempt to do this by providing an opportunity for musicians new to playing jazz to try it out in an informal, friendly atmosphere, with no ‘school room’ feel. We see the Jazz Workshop as a ‘first step’ in education for new jazz musicians, from where, if they want to, they may progress to more formal workshops, rehearsal bands, etc.
We are also providing an easily accessible opportunity for more experienced players to get together to try out new ideas, and practice their ensemble playing.
A by-product of this approach is that everyone can have great fun meeting and playing with different musicians.
The Jazz Workshop was started by Derek Mander in May 1996 as a result of an idea developed at the White Hill Centre, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, and then rapidly became established at the Swan, Ley Hill, near Chesham, transferring to the White Lion, Little Chalfont in June 1998, where we met until March 2002, and then at the Sugar loaves, Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire until May 2003. We now meet every Monday night from 8 p.m. at The Sportsman, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, near Watford, Hertfordshire.
www.jazzworkshop.org.uk web page created and maintained by Larry Griffiths, secretary