Education

Jazz Bites

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Enhance your jazz playing, learning, modes, theory and style.

‘Jazz Bites’ is a weekly (during term time) 40 minutes zoom session on Tuesday evenings. Each week we look at a different jazz standard and the theory behind it and how to navigate our way around it with choice of notes.

When we learn jazz we are naturally hesitant and unsure about improvisation as there are no ‘written out’ notes so we can’t tell if what we are playing is right or wrong. Jazz Bites will give you more insight into jazz charts and their chords using standards, theory and originals. The more we look and play jazz improvisation the more confidence we gain and the more we get out of our own practice. Building up your chord vocab this way will make it way easier to improvise as you progress.

During the sessions you will look at different jazz standards, listen to contrasting recordings and then discuss the modes, chord progressions, tips for improvisation and harmony. All the music and tips needed along with a playlist will be emailed to you and the sessions are recorded so participants can watch it again or catch up. 

All you’ll need is a device to access zoom. You will not need to play along during the session.


Study with Hannah from anywhere in the world – Sax / Clarinet / Flute / Bassoon.

If you’d like to develop your playing, need inspiration, guidance, or help preparing for exams or concerts get in touch. As well as teaching one to one, Hannah teaches online internationally.

Check out Hannah’s availability here


J Steps – a new and exciting jazz project for young female and non-binary identifying musicians

Directed and founded by Hannah Horton for Saffron Centre of Young Musicians

Award wining J Steps are an amazing group of under 18 female and non-binary jazz artists. Formed and directed by Hannah Horton to address the historic lack of females in jazz, J Steps provides a safe and supportive space to experiment, learn and develop jazz and improvisation. They have performed at the London Jazz Festival, Swinging Cat Jazz Club, Jazz Cafe POSK and Saffron Hall.

“Visionary organisation” “Student musicians inspiring” “J Steps is an example of what we can do to ensure the future of the music we love” – Maxine Gordon, wide of Jazz Saxophonist Dexter Gordon