Jazz NE: Women Make Music Workshops

Music Education Centre

Age restriction: 14+

For 2019 Jazz North East are pleased to stage a series of 5 workshops hosted by established Duos working in the North East of England, focussing on different areas of jazz and improvisation.

Saturday 16 February


Lindsay and Bradley will be looking at aspects of communication within a duo setting, playing rubato, colla, with one person leading and another responding. The workshop will be looking at developing a playing and performance relationship that can work outside the confines of needing a set tempo.

Within the workshop the duo will pair people up to experiment with playing through a standard with one leading on the melody and the other responding to the changes, followed by a discussion to share back what has been worked on.

www.thelindsayhannonplus.com | www.bradleyjohnstonmusic.co.uk

Saturday 16 March


Drawing on their work inspired by string jazz pioneers, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, Emma and James will lead a practical improvisation workshop based on 1920s/30s repertoire and the particular joys and demands of playing as a duo.

Themes covered will include:

  • Accompaniment textures
  • Soloing with and without accompaniment
  • Spontanaiety and conversation in the duo
  • Dynamics for structure and variety
  • Researching and selecting repertoire
  • Establishing and maintaining idioms and tempos
  • Harmonic analysis, editing and voice leading


Saturday 20 April


Abbie and Harry have performed all over the country and with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) Academy big band in London. They perform as a duo focusing on improvised jazz and free music.

The workshop will be delving into jazz standards and how you can put your own spin on them, performing some of their arranged standards as well as their own compositions, and getting workshop participants to improvise and re-work standards. There will be particular focus on contemporary improvisation, conduction, road mapping tunes and how to perform effectively with other musicians.

This is a practical workshop aimed at instrumentalists aged 14+.

Harry Keeble is a saxophonist from the South-East of England. He started his undergraduate jazz degree at Leeds College of Music in 2016, and has since been actively involved in the Leeds and the North-Eastern jazz scene.

Abbie Finn is a drummer from the North-East of England. In 2017 she received a 1st class degree with honours in Music (Jazz) at Leeds College of Music and studied under Sebastiaan De Krom. She recently received a Master’s Degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. In 2018 Abbie performed on stage at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End as part of their prestigious Pinter at the Pinter season; where her playing was described as impeccable and vivifying.


Saturday 18 May


This workshop will look at creatively arranging and improvising with songs from both within and outside of the jazz canon. The duo will also explore how they utilise their non-chordal duo to explore texture, space and dynamics.

They will also discuss how to combine freedom with composition and how these two can interlock, encouraging players to assert their own creative voice to any music they play.

Saturday 22 June


In this group workshop Zoe and Andy will focus on listening, voicing, sounding and creating. The duo will work with the elements of improvised singing with the double bass focussing on melody, harmony, vocal percussion, lyrical composition in an atmosphere of safety and support.


All instrumentation and voices are welcome. You will be expected to bring your own instrument to the workshop. There will be the option of either an acoustic or electric piano at the venue, an in house drum kit and amps can also be provided, but please let us know by email at the time of purchasing your ticket what instrument you will be playing and what you may need supplying, to make sure that we can have these items in place.

For more information please email info@jazznortheast.com

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