Winchester Jazz Festival

Winchester Jazz Festival 2017 will take place throughout the city from 21-24th September. Audiences can expect four days or performances by major Jazz and Swing acts from across the UK, as well as showcasing some of our best local musicians.

An Introduction to Jazz Improvisation with Simon Allen

***Please note that this workshop is open to musicians of all instruments and ages; however there is a Grade 3 minimum requirement.***

Renowned saxophonist and jazz educator Simon Allen presents An introduction to Jazz Improvisation, a one hour workshop for musicians of all instruments and ages. 

Winchester Jazz Festival are delighted to welcome back Simon Allen after his sold out show as part of the festival in September 2016. This workshop will take place in the Walton Suite, Winchester Guildhall. 

Simon Allen began his career with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Pendulum Jazz Orchestra, performing alongside the likes of Jazz Stars Art Themen, Gerard Presencer, Jamie Cullum and Peter King.

Between 2005-2013 Simon was featured in the late Stan Tracey CBE’s various groups, and is featured on his final two quartet recordings, as well as octet and big band album releases. Simon appeared on Jools Holland’s “Later” TV show performing a track from the album "Senior Moment".

Simon is also a member of the Laurence Cottle All Star Big Band, and works with Colin Towns Mask Orchestra for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Matthew Herbert Big Band, touring around Germany, China, Belgium and Poland. He has appeared at major UK venues and festivals including Ronnie Scott’s, the Barbican and Brecon Jazz Festival, and worked with an astonishing array of top musicians from the jazz and pop world.

In 2014 Simon was appointed Head of Jazz at the prestigious Purcell School of Music.

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