Play Jazz! workshop – November


Saturday 6 November: 13:30 – 17:00 at The Globe with Sue Ferris


In this workshop, through exercises, tunes and improvising, we’ll explore our sense of rhythm and feel. We’ll also investigate some thoughts about creating the tone that you’d like to hear from your instrument of choice! Feel free (if you want to) to bring along an example of a favourite artist, either just a name or a choice of track and we’ll share some of these as a group, and perhaps make some new discoveries! Suitable for musicians of any skill level and instrument.


About Play Jazz! workshops

Play Jazz! is a series of introductory workshops focusing on specific aspects of jazz improvisation, running on the first Saturday of each month (except January and August). Each workshop is different, and is usually facilitated by a different tutor. The Play Jazz! workshops are intended to appeal to a wide range of musicians including those who

  • play other styles of music but are new to jazz
  • play written music but want to learn to improvise
  • have not played for a while and want to refresh their skills
  • want to meet and play with other jazz musicians.

Suitable for all instrumentalists and improvising vocalists. Minimum age 16.


About the tutor

Sue Ferris has been playing saxophone and flute for well over 30 years in a variety of settings. These include classical, musical theatre and rock and pop, but she feels most creative when improvising in a small group or big band.

These include working with Voice of the North jazz orchestra for many years, collaborating with some jazz greats including Bob Mintzer, Andy Shephard, Alan Barnes, John Surman, Michael Garrick, Tommy Smith, Tim Garland, Mark Nightingale and more!

More home-grown bands include: Sue Ferris Quintet (!), Northern Monkey Brass Band, Watts and Whiffen Big Band, Gerry Richardsons Big Idea, Wagga Jawaka, Musicians Unlimited Big Band and the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band.

Sue has taught extensively in schools, but also at Sage as saxophone tutor on the Bmus degree course, and on the assessor panel for saxophone recitals at Newcastle University.


About learning and participation at The Globe
We have implemented policies and procedures to reduce the risk of spreading infection. We want to ensure that participants feel welcome, comfortable and safe.
You will need to bring all the equipment you need including instruments, amplifiers (if required) and music stands.

The workshop fee is £25.
There are some half-price bursaries available for adults aged 18-25 (please email for details).

To book
To enrol please complete the form below.
To confirm your booking you need to pay for the course in advance. You can pay in one of the following ways:

  1. By bank transfer (online banking) directly into our bank account: Account name: Pink Lane Jazz Co-op Ltd, Account number: 65650408, Sort code: 08 92 99
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