Jazz Piano Summer School August 20th–24th 2016

Led by Tim Richards, with John Crawford and Nikki Yeoh

This exciting and intensive five-day course is suitable for pianists with some playing experience who wish to learn more about jazz, brush up their improvisation skills, increase their repertoire, and gain experience at playing and recording with a rhythm section.

All students may record a tune of their choice on the final day in The Premises state of the art solar-powered recording studio, with a bassist and drummer provided.

The course is streamed to cater for students of differing levels of ability and experience. You will be placed in one of two groups on the first day. When not being taught by one of the three tutors, practice facilities will be available.

Places are limited to a maximum of 16 pianists, so early registration is advised.

Topics covered

• Jazz harmony and chord voicings
• Blues
• Bebop
• Modal jazz
• Latin/Brazilian jazz
• Improvisation techniques
• Accompanying
• Playing with a rhythm section, etc.

The course does cater for a range of abilities, but participants will be expected to know their major scales in all keys, and to have a working knowledge of basic chord symbols (eg: C7, Em7, A9, Gmaj7, Fm7b5 etc).

Familiarity with some jazz repertoire will be an advantage, although handouts and tunes will be provided to work from.

On some days the group will be split into two streams (beginners and advanced) to enable concepts to be dealt with at a level appropriate for each group.

COST: just £320 (includes finished recording)

TUTORS:

Tim Richards
One of the UK’s leading pianists, composers and jazz educators, Tim is best known as the founder and leader of the modern jazz groups SPIRIT LEVEL and GREAT SPIRIT. He has toured all over Europe and released over 10 albums as a leader, the most recent being the trio CD ‘Shapeshifting’ (33Jazz205).

He is also the author of the acclaimed tutors IMPROVISING BLUES PIANO and EXPLORING JAZZ PIANO (Vols 1 and 2) published by Schott Music.

Tim is a jazz examiner for the ABRSM and has contributed pieces to their Jazz Piano syllabus, as well as to ROCK SCHOOL Popular Piano syllabus. He currently teaches jazz piano and blues piano at Morley College (London) and at Leeds College of Music.

Nikki Yeoh
Modal jazz

Nikki came to prominence in the 1990s with her own band INFINITUM, a trio featuring Mark Mondesir and Keith Le Blanc, which has performed at the London, Cheltenham and Bath Jazz Festivals and at the Royal Festival Hall.Her style is contemporary and original.

She is a former member of Courtney Pine’s band and has collaborated extensively with several ‘name’ jazz musicians, including John Surman and Cleveland Watkiss.

A gifted teacher, she has taught for many years at Camden’s Weekend Jazz Workshop, originally under the tutelage of trumpeter Ian Carr.

John Crawford
Latin & Brazilian

John is the UK’s leading Latin pianist and has appeared with most visiting musicians from Latin America as well as running his own bands GRUPO X and VIDA NOVA.

He has lectured at the Guildhall School of Music and teaches the Latin Piano course at Goldsmiths College. His Latin day at Premises is always one of the most popular events of the week.

John’s book EXPLORING LATIN PIANO, a collaboration with Tim Richards, was published by Schott Music in 2010 (book and 2 CDs).

To book, call Julia Craik now on 0207 729 7593 or email: info@premisesstudios.com