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Jazz Ensemble
& Improvisation

22-28 Sept 2024

Le Pras, Juignac, Charente, France

Join us for a five day retreat at LE PRAS in the beautiful countryside of Southwest France!
 

5 HOURS OF TUITION EACH DAY
ALL EN-SUITE ACCOMMODATION
ALL MEALS AND DRINKS - YES IT'S ALL INCLUSIVE!
AIRPORT/STATION PICK UP SERVICE
 
Speakers

Your Tutor

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Mike Hall

United Kingdom

Mike Hall is a leading jazz educator, band leader, composer and saxophonist.

Since 1987 Mike has been presenting workshops and summer schools throughout the UK and further afield and was the Director of the Royal Northern College of Music Big Band for 20 years where he teamed up with inspirational greats such as Bob Mintzer & Chris Potter. 

 

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About the course

This course will benefit anyone with a keen interest in jazz, improvising and playing as part of a jazz ensemble.. If you have a basic grounding on your instrument then no previous experience of jazz or improvisation is necessary.

 

Perhaps you already play in a weekly big band or improvisation group. This is an opportunity to spend a solid week working at honing your skills and take that jazz solo with increased confidence!

 

We will rehearse and perform eight arrangements (4 or 5 horn parts with rhythm section) and then work together on relevant ways to approach the improvisation sections on each with an emphasis on keeping it simple! Handouts with focussed tips will be provided for each tune but there will be no long lectures in music theory!

 

Parts for the arrangements will be sent to you in advance as PDF files so there is time to prepare. There will also be suggestions for pre-course work that will help with the improvisation.

 

When most people think about the word ‘improvisation’ it is jazz music that first springs to mind. Indeed, improvisation is often considered central to this style of music but there is also much satisfaction to be had from playing well structured jazz ensemble arrangements with like-minded players. 

 

I have been running summer schools like this since 1987 so have no shortage of experience to draw on. Couple that with the luxury of living, dining and studying at Le Pras and this course promises to be one to remember! 

 

Hope to see you there!

 

Mike

Agenda
The Venue

What's Included

5 hours group tuition per day
En-suite accommodation
All meals and drinks - ALL INCLUSIVE!
Airport/Railway station pick up*

The Price

Discount Price for the first Jazz Ensemble Course!
Single room w/en-suite                     
Shared twin room w/en-suite             
Non-participating partners                
          
£1200 pp £950 for 2024!

 
£950 pp   £750 for 2024!
£450 pp   £399 for 2024!
*Courtesy pick-up from Bordeaux/Bergerac Airport or Angouleme Railway Station once per day. Check-in after 16h00, check out before. Price includes 6 nights accommodation, all meals and drinks.

Contact Us

Contact Us

If you have any specific questions about the course, don't hesitate to get in touch!

GETTING THERE

 

Direct seasonal flights are available from UK/Europe to Bordeaux, Bergerac and Limoges. Direct TGV operates from Paris to Angouleme  and direct from Paris CDG Airport. Car Hire is available at all airports and Angouleme Railway Station. Nearest cross-channel ports are Caen and St Malo

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