Rob Hall (Principal Jazz Tutor) - Ensembles

Our principal jazz tutor Rob Hall has performed and recorded widely in the UK, Europe and US as saxophonist and clarinettist with such artists as Mike Stern, Dan Gottlieb, Kenny Wheeler, Jim Mullen, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. His many CD releases include three as leader and two in collaboration with pianist Chick Lyall on the FMR label, with frequent broadcasts.
Rob is one of the most established and committed music educators in the country. He runs a number of projects including Jazz Course UK, The Music Workshop in Clyde Valley and the Sound:Base project in Glasgow. He works with the ABRSM as a Jazz examiner and course presenter and is Saxophone/Jazz Saxophone instructor at one of Scotlandís top independent schools Dollar Academy. Rob has extensive teaching and facilitating experience with all sectors of education from Primary through to Higher & Adult education. His experience includes eight years as a lecturer at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama and 3 years as Artist in Residence with WEA Scotland.

Tim Richards (Guest Tutor) - Piano

Tim Richards is one of the most active and authoritative jazz educators in the UK. As pianist he has toured widely with his Tim Richards Trio, Spirit Level and Great Spirit and has released numerous CDs as a leader. He is the author of the Schott publications Improvising Blues Piano and Exploring Jazz Piano (1&2), and the newly released Exploring Latin Piano, a collaboration with pianist John Crawford. Tim is a contributor to the ABRSM jazz piano syllabus, an ABRSM jazz examiner, and adjudicates at the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition.

Brigitte Beraha (Guest tutor) - Vocals

A singer with an international reach, Brigitte has performed and recorded with such artists as Kenny Wheeler, Pete King, Liam Noble, John Parricelli, Tim Garland, Tim Whitehead, Gwillym Simcock. She has worked in the US, Europe, Asia and Scandinavia and is a regular performer in London where she is based. She has released two CD recordings to date under her own name.
She currently teaches vocals and improvisation at North London International School, Goldsmiths College and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and tutors on a variety of jazz summer schools.

Past Tutors

Ged Brockie (Guest Tutor) - Guitar

Ged currently performs with the Scottish Guitar Quartet and many other jazz artists. With a wealth of experience in music education, he also devised an HNC in Jazz Guitar.
Ged has worked in West End shows, jazz festivals across the UK & Ireland, and for BBC, RSNO and SNO(pera). Ged has studied composition & orchestration with top American film composers and regularly scores for film. He also co-runs Circular Records.

Dan Knight (Guest Tutor) - Piano

Based in Iowa City, USA, Dan has built a reputation as one of the finest solo pianists in the world. Also a Steinway artist, he has performed with jazz legends Bobby Watson, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Owens, Victor Lewis, and a host of others.
A visiting lecturer at Grinnell College, Dan's educational skills are frequently in demand internationally. In the UK Dan has also led clinics at Trinity College, London and Leeds Jazz Conference.

Fiona Duncan (Guest Tutor) - Voice

With a professional jazz career spanning some forty years, Fionna Duncan is one of the UK’s great jazz singers. She has worked with Humphrey Lyttelton, Kenny Ball, Warren Vache, Grover Washington, Dick Hyman, Sweets Edison and many others.
She has played festivals across the world including LA, Palm Springs, San Diego, Toronto, Calgary and throughout Europe. Fionna also lectures in vocal workshops throughout Scotland.

Claudio Zanghieri (Guest Tutor) - Electric Bass

Claudio, an italian bassist/producer now living in Frankfurt, graduated at Berklee College of Music and is teaching in Rome as faculty director for the University of Music and in Germany. He has been featured at the European Bass Day 2005 and has recently released his first solo cd "Envisions". He has performed/recorded with Christoph Spendel, Torsten DeWinkel, Tony Lakatos, Fabio Mariani, Louis Bacalov, Luigi Tessarollo and many others. He is busy also producing and arranging electronica projects and music for film.

Andre Nendza (Guest Tutor) - Bass

German bassist Andre Nendza has worked with Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Karl Latham, Charlie Mariano, Alex Acuna and many of Germany’s top players. Numerous Radio, TV and CD productions display his wide stylistic range.
Andre works as an assistant professor at the Jazz House School in Cologne, Germany’s premier jazz institution, and has taught at many music schools and universities.

Nic France (Guest Tutor) - Drums/Perc

Nic France established himself on the London jazz scene in the eighties working for such artists as Ian Carr, Ronnie Scott, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Loose Tubes.
He has also toured with Pete Townsend, Nigel Kennedy and Annie Lennox. Nic has worked at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity College London, and on various jazz summer schools in the UK and Europe.

Josh Kemp (Guest tutor) - Sax
Josh is active on the London Jazz Scene, leading and writing for his quartet (their latest CD Animus will be released this year).

He has performed with Dick Pearce, Spike Robinson, NYJO and others. Josh directs the Cambridge Youth Jazz Orchestra, and is a tutor on Grafham Water Jazz Courses.

Sebastiaan Cornelissen (Assistant Tutor) - Drums
Dutch drummer/composer Sebastiaan Cornelissen studied at The Conservatory of Amsterdam where he formed the group Isotope, along with pianist Rob van Bavel.

They have released 2 albums: Isotope and Perception of the Beholder. Sebastiaan released his debut solo album Aggressive Attack in 2002. His latest release Timeline, features Gary Willis and Lale Larson. A new album is in the pipeline featuring Randy Brecker and Gerard Presencer.

Jazz Course UK reserves the right to alter the tutor line up without notification if unforeseen circumstances occur.

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