Groups for adults ages 18 +

In 2019 we have two regular combos for adults, both meeting on Monday nights. We will run our short-courses for beginners again, but are not offering them at the moment. Expressions of interest are welcome. Net one is due in the 1st quarter on 2019/ There are some addition options available to young adults and university students in addition these groups. Check the combos for younger people for details.

Adult Advanced & intermediate combos

One adult combo is for more advanced students, and the other for intermediate-level players with some prior jazz experience. The focus of these groups is mostly on playing, but of course includes coaching in both improvisation and small-group playing techniques as well. This is an ongoing rehearsal group meeting throughout each Semester. Entry to the advanced group is by audition/assessment; the standard is high.

  • Time: Mondays 7pm (two groups)
  • Tutors: Saul Richardson; Gavin Ahearn
  • Rehearsals: 18 rehearsals /semester.
  • Cost: $737 /semester.

Adult Combo I   (introductory group): NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.

This is a 12-week course in Semester 2 followed by a concert performance:

  • We will advertise when this course is available. E.O.I welcome.
  • 12 sessions plus a final concert performance
  • Prerequisite: must be able to play your instrument with reasonable fluency. Not for complete beginners.

The tutor for semester 2 is Saul Richardson. It is a structured course including both normal rehearsing and learning standard jazz repertoire as well as instruction in jazz improvisation. Improvisation topics will include improvising in major & blues keys, minor keys, mixed key-centres, modal contexts, and possibly extending to simple “vertical” improvisation (playing through basic chord changes). If you’re not sure what any of that means, no problem: we’ll teach you. Each rehearsal will include plenty of playing.

  • Time: Time and dates TBC. Depends on a quorum. E.O.I. welcome.
  • Rehearsals: 12 + concert
  • Tutor: Saul Richardson
  • Venue: The Jazz Workshop, 1st floor, 58 Atchison St, St Leonards
  • Cost: $475.20 (including GST)

General information about the adult combos

The adult combos are for anyone over 18 who wants to learn how play in a jazz band, or further develop their skills, under the guidance of an expert jazz player and educator. As you play jazz standards you will learn about style, small ensemble playing, and improve your skills as an improviser.

A jazz combo is a small band, of up to ten musicians. It is really a flexible “combination” of instruments. Combo gives you the chance to apply and put into practice the work and theory you learn with your teacher, and really give your playing a boost. This is an excellent way to dramatically improve your skills on your instrument, and to boost your self confidence.

Places are limited. There will be three groups in Semester 2 (subject to numbers): one introductory, on intermediate, and one for more advanced players.

Contacts us now to enrol in Adult Combo.