Just spent four days at Nick Weldon and Andra Sparks “Jazz School UK” in Rushden, Northamptonshire working with some fantastic musicians, Nikki Iles, Dave O’Higgins and Trevor Tomkins to name but a few. The course is called Summer long weekend. Four intense days with lots of playing, listening, concentrating and laughing. Nick and Andra run the school and both of them teach, perform and generally just look after everyone. Two incredibly talented and generous people.
Four songs a day with a Shed Session early evening and then a Jam Session after dinner.
Here are a few pictures. Hopefully some actual footage to follow soon.
Part view from my drum seat
Spent a couple of days with the bass being played on a Hammond organ.
The four albums songs were chosen from.
CHARLIE HADEN (QUARTET WEST)
THE BLESSING PASSPORT
MY FOOLISH HEART BAY CITY
JOE HENDERSON (PAGE ONE)
JINRIKISHA LA MESHA
OUT OF THE NIGHT RECORDAME
HAMPTON HAWES (FOR REAL!)
HIP WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS
CRAZEOLOGY I LOVE YOU
PAT METHENY (QUESTION AND ANSWER)
NEVER TOO FAR AWAY SOLAR
OLD FOLKS QUESTION AND ANSWER
A great place to learn from some of the British greats of Jazz.
Highly recommended !!!!!