Dales Jam – Monday jazz workshops 7:00-9:30 pm

BlueJam Jazz Workshops in Carlisle & Penrith

Play Jazz! Workshops 1 February 2014 onwards

Seven Jazz Leeds Workshops and Jazz Choir from April and into Summer 2014

The first Lake District Jazz Summer School at St Bees 19-26 July 2014

Jazz-at-heart summer school 12-15 August 2014

BlueJam Jazz Workshops in Carlisle & Penrith

Arts organisation BlueJam are running weekly jazz workshops in Carlisle and Penrith for instrumentalists and singers of all levels.

The 2 hour sessions run at the Old Firestation in Carlisle from 7:00 pm on Mondays, and at North Lakes school in Penrith from 7:30 pm on Thursdays. Each session costs £7.50.

Led by saxophonist Katie Ind (a graduate of LCoM jazz course), trumpeter Geoff Bartholomew and BlueJam director Jilly Jarman the workshops are tailored to suit the specific needs of the instrumentalists and vocalists who attend.



Play Jazz! Workshops

A new series of workshops focusing on jazz improvisation & playing in small groups.

Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR

2–6 pm on the first Saturday of each month, starting 1 February 2014

Do I have to come to them all?
You don’t have to but you may want to.  This is not a course; each workshop is self-contained.  But each workshop will have a different theme that forms part of a common thread.

What happens at the workshops?

You will work in a small group led by an experienced jazz musician.  You’ll learn a bit of theory but mostly it will be very practical – lots of listening and playing.  You’ll have the opportunity to improvise and interact with other musicians in an informal supportive situation.

Can anyone attend?
You should be able to play all the notes on your instrument with ease and pianists/guitarists should be able to play standard chords.  It is not essential to read music although this might be useful.  The workshops are designed for instrumentalist but vocalists who want to improvise with their voice would be welcome.  The minimum age is 16; there’s no maximum age.

Is it for me?
The workshops should appeal to all sorts of musicians including those who:

  • play other styles of music but are new to jazz
  • play written music but want to learn to improvise
  • have not played for a while and want to refresh their skills
  • want to meet and play with other jazz musicians.

Who is running this?
The Play Jazz! workshops have been arranged by Pink Lane Jazz Co-op in association with The Sage, Gateshead. The panel of tutors includes James Birkett, Fiona Finden, Steve Glendinning, John Pope and Judith Thompson.

How do I enrol?

Enrolment is being managed by the ticket office at Sage Gateshead.  Probably the easiest way to enrol is to phone 0191 443 4661. (The ticket office is open is open Monday to Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on non show nights. On show nights it is open for 30 minutes after the start of the last performance.)

You can book via the Sage website, but this is awkward if you want to book more more than one workshop.

What does it cost?
£19.00 per workshop or £17.00 for members of Pink Lane Jazz Co-op.

How do I join the co-op?
Visit our membership page.

Any questions?
Email or phone 0191 452 8946



Seven Jazz Leeds Workshops and Jazz Choir Summer 2014

An established series of workshops and a jazz choir for new and improving musicians and singers.

Instrumental Workshop
All 2:30-4:30 pm at Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS7 3PD – we usually work towards playing two or three numbers as part of our ‘Jazz Café’ on Sunday afternoon 20 July 1-4 pm at Inkwell Arts – in a very enjoyable and supportive atmosphere.

Cost £10/£8 concession. Contact Jean Watson . The Spring workshops start again on Sat 4 January and then are fortnightly on Saturdays, 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Tutors include Dominic Moore, Robin Porter and guest tutors.

  • Saturday 10 May: Dominic Moore
  • Saturday 24 May: Robin Porter
  • Saturday 31 May: Guest tutor
  • Saturday 7 June: Robin Porter
  • Saturday 21 June: Dominic Moore
  • Saturday 28 June: Guest tutor
  • Saturday 12 July: All tutors

There is a Summer Jazz Café performance on Sunday 20 July at Inkwell 1-4 pm

Seven Jazz Improvisation group
Seven Jazz Instrumental Workshop
Improvisation jazz workshop group on alternate Friday evenings from 25th April at the Methodist Hall, Chapel Allerton alternate Fridays 7.30-10 pm cost £7/5 concessions per session. Email Dominic Moore: .
Tel: 0113 294 4329

The 2014 dates fixed at the Methodist Hall are:

  • Friday 25 April
  • Friday 9 May
  • Friday 23 May
  • Friday 6 June
  • Friday 20 June
  • Friday 4 July
  • Friday 18 July

Seven “Jazz Voices” choir
Seven Jazz Voices choir
Monday night Seven Jazz Voices Choir is run at Inkwell Arts, 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton LS7 3LW by Leeds jazz top vocalist Nicki Allan.

Blues, Jazz Cuban and Gospel tunes with harmony singing parts and solos if you wish!

If you’d like to be part of the jazz choir then our new series starts Monday 24 April. Cost £5 per session or £25 for all the summer sessions.

Come along and have a go and join the fun – either just come along to Inkwell or contact Jean Watson . The full listing of dates for 2014 is shown below. (all 7:00-9:00 pm):

  • Monday 28 April
  • Monday 12 May
  • Then on Mondays fortnightly up to 7 July – with an evening performance at Garforth Festival

Then there is a performance at the Summer Jazz Café performance on Sunday 20 July at Inkwell 1-4 pm

Original Severn Jazz details here.




Jazz-at-heart summer school: 12-15 August 2014

Led by Matt Roberts £200. At HEART in Headingley – four days of improvisation workshops and a gig at the end. All instruments and abilities welcome.

Contact: Lesley Jeffries



Dales Jam

Monday jazz workshops 7:00-9:30 pm (all welcome, all styles, all instruments, all levels – please check dates first)

Mart Theatre,
Ling Fields,
BD23 1UD

Tel: 01756 709666

£5.00 / £2.00 U18s.

Contact: Richard Ormrod