Totnes Jazz Workshop members come from a wide range of musical backgrounds. A typical Tuesday evening involves between 10 and 20 people, and is usually a good balance between the rhythm secton and the front line instruments. Typically we have saxophones, flutes, trumpets, clarinets, trombones, piano, bass, guitar, drums and percussion – we have even had violins, recorders, accordion and harmonicas! Singers are always most welcome.
Our songlist is large and varied: we play a regular mix of jazz standards, swing, blues, bebop, African jazz and latin rhythms. Music is provided at the workshop,
The aim of the workshop is to provide a supportive environment where every player can explore their talents, learn some new numbers, enjoy the experience of playing in a big band and have a go at improvising. The latter is not obligatory!
Once a month the workshop is led by jazz trumpeter, Sam Massey who brings his expertise and wealth of musical knowledge, his enthusiasm and humour. These evenings are hugely popular and informative.
The Workshop band plays gigs locally where members have the opportunity to participate.
The workshop currently meets every Tuesday at the United Free Church in Fore Street, Totnes between 7.30 – 9.30pm with a small charge of £3 per session to cover costs. Please see home page for venues during December.
If you would like to drop in and have a go, just come along on a Tuesday night, or for more details contact us