CLJazz, 10 Ashleigh Terrace, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA66AT
We organise courses in February (at Huntstile, Somerset and Havana,Cuba), Easter (at Caer Llan, Monmouthshire) ,
July (Caer Llan) and November (Caer Llan).
In addition there are fortnightly workshops in Bridgwater and Bristol, an All Day Saturday Workshop in Axminster,Devon, and Jam Sessions in Bridgwater and Bristol.
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About CL Jazz
Cljazz is organised by a small group of jazz musicians with a positive attitude
We aim to give amateur musicians the opportunity to play with like minded people in a mutually encouraging and relaxed environment. Both experienced players and beginners are welcome. There will be band workshops, optional sessions , late night jam sessions, course concerts and more.
Instrumentalists and vocalists
Groups will cater for instrumentalists and vocalists and a limited number of non-
A range of jazz styles
We encourage tutors and students to include a range of jazz styles and different approaches and there will also be opportunities for players to put up their own arrangements and compositions.
Groups are arranged to get an instrumental balance as far as possible and work towards performances at different times during the weekend. There are also opportunities for students to perform on a more ad hoc basis.
Friendly and supportive
We work in a friendly and supportive atmosphere where students of all abilities are encouraged. There is a strong social element to the course and time will be available for those who wish to enjoy the surrounding countryside or just prop up the bar.
There are a few single rooms available at both venues we use, available on first come basis. Most rooms are shared, 2 -
CLJazz employs jazz musicians with good communication and teaching skills to facilitate the workshops.
Andy Hague (above) and Brigitte Beraha (left) are two regulars as are Jilly Jarman, Sandy Shearer, Andrew Colman, Bob Hitchings and Ray Batson.
The courses are essentially “playing” courses but advice and tuition can be given on jazz theory and improvisation
All of the tutors use arrangements (usually their own) of popular and not so common jazz numbers and participants will learn to play, interpret and improvise on these with a view to performing in the Bar Sessions and End of Course Concerts.