Jazz Courses Manchester

The Music Place runs a series of jazz courses each year, led by course directors Mike Walker, Iain Dixon and Les Chisnall.

Visit our staff page for more information on our Jazz Course Directors.

Our next course will be the Jazz Summer School – Sunday 5th to Wednesday 8th August 2018. Please see below for more information about this year’s summer course. If you would like to join our mailing list to receive more info on our courses, please contact Lucy/Jo.

Please visit our Facebook page for more info and to see videos from The Music Place Jazz Summer School 2014.

Deepening our understanding of the simple things improves our general musicianship, which provides a stronger, more centred base. From here we can enjoy and be part of a more satisfying musical experience. Playing simple things, really well, is a challenge – we practise so things become simple – when they become simple they become most useful – complexity lives within simplicity and progress can be achieved through a deeper understanding of fundamentals.
Mike Walker, Iain Dixon and Les Chisnall,
Jazz Course Directors




Develop Your Improvising Abilities On Your Instrument

Course Directors Mike, Iain & Les’s teaching is geared around the idea that, “simple does not mean easy”.


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2018 Summer School Information

When is the course held?

The course runs from Sunday 5th August to Wednesday 8th August (see below for a course timetable).

Who is teaching on the course?

Course directors Mike Walker, Iain Dixon and Les Chisnall will be running the course this year, with drum tutor Andy Bain and bass tutor tbc.

How much is the course?

The course cost is £230, payable by cash, card or cheque to the Music Place.  Contact Lucy/Jo for more information on making a payment.

Where is the course held?

The course is held at the Cinnamon Club, The Firs, Bowdon, WA14 2TQ. This is a 15 minute walk from Altrincham town centre and the Music Place itself. There is a large free car park at the Cinnamon Club as well as a lift to help with moving heavy equipment.

What do I need to bring?

All students must bring their own instruments and a music stand. Pianists need to bring their own keyboard and guitarists/bassists need to bring their own amp. If you are struggling to bring any equipment please contact Lucy/Jo. All music will be provided.

Am I able to buy food at the Cinnamon Club?

You can order and pay for lunchtime sandwiches from the Cinnamon Club each morning. Tea, coffee, cold drinks and snacks are available to buy on site throughout each day.  No evening meals are available from the Cinnamon Club but there are a number of local restaurants and shops which are close by in Altrincham.

What happens on the course?

The 2018 summer course uses the following timetable –

Sunday – 2pm-5pm and 7pm-10pm – all students together for a full class with the tutors

Monday to Wednesday – 10am – 1pm – Sectionals – the students are put together with other students of their instrument (ie. all the guitarists will work with Mike, etc.)

Monday to Wednesday – 2pm-5pm – Ensembles – the students put into bands, each working with one tutor throughout the course.

There are optional jam sessions on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm and a student concert on Wednesday evening from 7.30pm.