Welcome to the Cambridge Jazz Co-op web site.
“The Jazz Coop is the best thing I’ve found in Cambridge!”
(Giulio Lampronti, bass player from Italy)
The Cambridge Jazz Co-op is an informal group of keen local jazz musicians that meet on Saturday mornings in Cambridge, U.K. to play under the guidance and tuition of professional/prestigious jazz tutors/performers. Occasionally, extra masterclasses take place in the afternoon.
Morning Sessions: 11am start
Although each morning session can vary, typically the visiting tutor will supply the Jazz Co-op with a couple of compositions to play through. The compositions themselves tend to be jazz standards but can also be compositions penned by the tutors themselves. The compositions are then performed by the Jazz Co-op with the group performing the main theme as a group followed by each of the attendees taking a solo over the form supported by the rhythm section.
To get more of an idea of what happens check our blog reports on previous morning sessions here.
Jazz Co-op members are free to attend or not attend morning sessions and so the composition of the group varies from week to week, but in general there are about 10-15 members from which a rhythm section and a front line can be formed.
There is no pressure on an individual to either perform the theme or take a solo, it is up to the confidence of the player concerned. The point about taking a solo is not to impress the rest of the members, but to improve your performance and depending on your level get more comfortable playing in a group situation.
Each session starts at 11:00 am and finishes at 1:30 pm with a break about 12:30 pm for about 15 minutes.
Each session is a £12.00 for over 2 hours tuition and advice from some of the best pro jazz musicians in Britain. Additionally, an annual membership fee of £10.00 is required to help support us in our non-profit activity.
Check out programme of future sessions here.
Several times a year a professional tutor of particularly high standing is invited to give a master class in the afternoon; these occur after the normal morning session.
Previous masterclasses have been given by such luminaries as Eric Alexander, Vincent Herring, Harold Mabern, Sheryl Bailey, Billy Hart, Alan Barnes, Pete King, John Etheridge, Laurence Cottle, Mark Nightingale, Jim Mullen, Greg Abate & John Parricelli.
Master Classes are priced individually, but are usually in the region of £15.00.
Check out some reports on previous Master Classes here.
We are meeting at the Meadows Community Centre in Cambridge, U.K.
Find directions here.
Please carefully read the information first, though, as almost all potential queries are answered on these pages!