24th Annual Piano Week 31st August – 4th Sept 2022

Led by Nikki Yeoh

Places on this unique course are limited to just 14 people. To apply for a place at the all-inclusive early bird price of £395, email now: michele@premiseseducation.org

Jazz, Blues, Funk and Latin piano intensive workshop for the last week of summer holidays.
Led by awarding-winning jazz pianist and composer Nikki Yeoh
With the help of experienced and renowned tutors:
Tim Richards
John Crawford
Robert Mitchell
Fancy honing your piano skills with the best in the legendary Premises Studios, where the good and the great – from Nina Simone to Robert Glasper – have rehearsed and recorded? Want to create beautiful sounds with the guidance, encouragement and expertise of some of the most experienced and knowledgeable tutors in the biz? Want to walk away with a professional studio recording of your best version of a jazz standard (or your own tune) complete with a top flight rhythm section? Want to work hard, have fun, and learn the techniques of improvisation, rhythm, studio recording, harmonies and modal jazz?

Then this is most certainly the course for you. We provide everything you would expect from a top music studio. All you need to bring is your desire to improve and a willingness to get playful, curious and experiment with sounds and techniques not yet in your piano comfort zone.
Do you need to be a top-grade musician already? Nope. Sure, it’s good to know your way around the keys and have a good working knowledge of chord progressions, scales and have a good sense of rhythm and melody, but we’re pretty sure whatever your level, we can help you not only get much better quite quickly, you will also remember how much fun it is to play when you are not being taught to the test. Sometimes weekly lessons and practice for exams can suck the joy out of music. So why not spend the last blast of summer restoring that joy, and becoming a much better and more confident player as well?

On the first day of the course, we’ll get a sense of your ability and put you into a group where you feel most at ease with the pace of tuition. From there on in, each day will be spent learning and perfecting new sounds and new skills, doing masterclasses and playing with like-minded musicians. On the final day you will go into Recording Studio A and cut a track of your choice with a dream-ticket bass player and drummer. The result will be your own master recording of a piece that you’ve thoroughly nailed and made your own.
Most importantly, you will have fun. Nikki Yeoh and the other tutors know how to tease out your playful, creative, experimental side, whilst making sure that your technique in all jazz-related forms is better crafted and more accomplished than you may have thought possible.

Topics covered
• Jazz harmony and chord voicings
• Blues
• Bebop
• Modal jazz
• Latin/Brazilian jazz
• Improvisation techniques
• Funk
• Recording your own track with a top rhythm section: Winston Clifford, drums (Courtney Pine, Jason Rebello, Archie Shepp, Julian Joseph etc) and Dominic Howles, bass (Stacey Kent, Don Weller, Anita Wardell, Christine Tobin)


Course Leader Nikki Yeoh
Nikki came to prominence in the 1990s with her own band INFINITUM, featuring Mark Mondesir and Keith Le Blanc, that has performed at the London, Cheltenham and Bath Jazz Festivals and at the Royal Festival Hall. Her style is contemporary and original. Nikki is a former member of Courtney Pine’s band and has worked with many world-class musicians, including John Surman, The Roots, Billy Cobham and Cleveland Watkiss. A gifted teacher and music educator, she is a regular headliner at Ronnie Scott’s Club and was named Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards..

Tim Richards
One of the UK’s leading pianists, composers and jazz educators, Tim has been teaching on the Piano Week since 1997. He is best known as leader of the modern jazz groups SPIRIT LEVEL and GREAT SPIRIT, touring extensively throughout the UK and Europe in the 80s and 90s with musicians such as Ed Jones, Pete King, Jason Yarde, Seb Rochford, Tony Kofi and Gilad Atzmon. He has released over a dozen albums as a leader, including three TRIO albums for the 33Jazz label. His most recent album, ‘Telegraph Hill’, by the six-piece HEXTET, was described in The Observer as ‘A joy from beginning to end’. Tim is also the author of several acclaimed tutor books published by Schott Music, including ‘Improvising Blues Piano’, ‘Exploring Jazz Piano’ and (with John Crawford) ‘Exploring Latin Piano’.
www.timrichards.ndo.co.uk     www.youtube.com/user/timrichards2007

John Crawford
John Crawford is a mainstay on the UK jazz and Latin scene, and has performed all over the world with many prestigious artists including Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Lewis Taylor, Eumir Deodato, Bjork, Ola Onabule, and Norma Winstone. His 2012 release “Ulia River of Time” was nominated in the USA by the Independent Music Awards for best album in the Jazz category. He has written 2 books for Schott Publishers and 1 for Oxford University Press, Piano Globetrotters. “Latin flavoured Jazz from master of the genre” Jazz Journal

Robert Mitchell
Composer and pianist Robert Mitchell has over 20 years experience in performing, composing and teaching both the standard modes of jazz piano as well as his signature one-handed technique. He has toured with Courtney Pine, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby and many other jazz greats, as well as in his own long-standing ensemble Panacea. His passion is blending his love of Jazz with elements of soul, R & B and popular music of the 60s and 70s.  His largest composition, Invocation, has been performed by the award-winning Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. He has vast experience in delivering masterclasses in improvisation, techniques, performance and practice.

Places on this unique course are limited to just 14 people. To book your place at the all-inclusive early bird price of £395, email now: michele@premiseseducation.org