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 at Jazz School UK

Part view from my drum seat

Jazz School UK Rushden

Spent a couple of days with the bass being played on a Hammond organ.

The four albums that songs were chosen from.

The four albums songs were chosen from.

SUMMER LONG WEEKEND

NIKKI ILES NICK WELDON
DAVE O’HIGGINS (FRI/SAT)
TREVOR TOMKINS (SUN/MON)

FRIDAY AUGUST 24

CHARLIE HADEN (QUARTET WEST)
THE BLESSING PASSPORT
MY FOOLISH HEART BAY CITY

SATURDAY AUGUST 25

JOE HENDERSON (PAGE ONE)
JINRIKISHA LA MESHA
OUT OF THE NIGHT RECORDAME

SUNDAY AUGUST 26

HAMPTON HAWES (FOR REAL!)
HIP WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS
CRAZEOLOGY I LOVE YOU

MONDAY AUGUST 27

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 !!!!!