Saturday 21 March 2020 | 2pm - 4pm  

Jazz Improvisation Masterclass

Jamie Mckay

Part of Gateshead Jazz 2020

Age Restrictions Apply: 18+


Tickets – £15.00

Jamie Mackay will lead a masterclass looking at improvisation through the lens of jazz theory. Using chord charts/lead sheets (typically, a one-pager with ‘the head’ melody and chord symbols above), participants will focus on analysing the relationship between an improvised solo and chord changes – getting into how the harmonic language really works and what notes, scales and modes to use when reading chord charts.

Throughout the workshop you’ll explore a range of styles and leave the session with a working knowledge of chord progressions, improv techniques and musical ideas to suit each one. There will also be a chance to play together as a group and to muse on ideas and philosophies of improvisation.

This workshop is open to all levels and instruments, but most suited to those with a good knowledge of chords and/or able to sing/play melodies of jazz standards.

Please bring your instrument with you – all instruments are welcome.

Booking Information

Participants will need to bring their own instrument. All instruments are welcome.

Please email us with any questions.


Saturday 21 March