Come and enjoy yourself while you gain confidence and experience in playing jazz, through practical exploration of some of its more fundamental elements. The course will be centred round a number of practical sessions in which different aspects of playing will be explored and practised. Practical approaches to improvisation will form a significant part of the earlier sessions. Examples of jazz standards, giving scope for differing aspects of our work, will be studied and played through the weekend. Approaches to composition will also form part of the practical sessions. We will record our pieces and recordings can be made available to students. Informal jam sessions will follow the evening sessions (for those who have the stamina!), and an informal concert will take place on Saturday evening.