Workshops

We’ve just launched this year’s workshop programme. Taking place on Saturday, March 19th at the Folk House and Colston Hall, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from some incredible artists including James Brown’s former bandmates Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley, trombonist to the stars Dennis Rollins, best selling blues artist Aynsley Lister and Gary Crosby OBE, founder of Jazz Jamaica/Groundation.

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Pee Wee Ellis & Fred Wesley

As two of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century, saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and trombonist Fred Wesley’s legacy is unrivalled. Their pioneering work as James Brown’s horn section in the 1960s ensures their place at the top table of music history.

This interactive workshop using special backing tracks developed for ProMusicTutor. Participants will be organised into three groups – bronze, silver and gold depending on ability and compatibility – and will create their own versions of the music provided under the guidance of Pee Wee and Fred. At the end of the workshop, each group will perform their piece with Fred and Pee Wee joining in! An unmissable opportunity to meet, learn from and play with two masters of their art.

Saturday, March 19th 14:00-17:00. Tickets £25

Aynsley Lister

With over 86,000 albums sold, masses of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring under his belt, Aynsley Lister is a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music. Influenced from an early age by the ‘60s RnB era, Aynsley Lister takes these key elements and mixes them with a modern edge and melodic lyrical approach.

Aynsley will be exploring the basic building blocks of a great guitar solo and how to piece them together effectively.

Saturday, March 19th 13:00. Tickets £25

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Dennis Rollins

RHYTHM IN THE GROOVE

“I’m very much looking forward to working with musicians at the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival. The theme of the session will be ‘Rhythm in Groove. Performing some of my funk based compositions and popular funk classics, we’ll (firstly) address the interplay between the rhythm section, breaking down the relationships between the elements of each instrument (bass-drum and bass, hi-hat and guitar, piano and guitar, percussion and drums) and with the inclusion of brass or woodwind, we’ll look at the rhythmic role lead instruments play within the groove context.”

Saturday, March 19th 11:00. Tickets £25

ACOUSTIC & ELECTRIC

Dennis describes this as a ‘gather around’ workshop. “Having worked extensively with electronic effects attached to the trombone, we’ll analyse my personal live setup, paying particular attention to the pure acoustic sound and after adding effects, look at the difference textures achievable and how/ where to use them in the context of a band performance.”

There will also be an opportunity for a few workshop participants to experiment with the sound effects on their own instruments. Brass and woodwind players welcome.

Saturday, March 19th 15:30. Tickets £25

Tomorrow's Warriors

Remix & Tomorrow’s Warrior’s Jazz Experience

Are you a young instrumentalist or vocalist aged 13-17 with a love of jazz? Join Jazz Jamaica/Groundation founder, Gary Crosby OBE and Tomorrow’s Warriors musicians alongside Remix’s own Mr Woodnote and Lady Nade for an exclusive interactive workshop.

Saturday, March 19th 14:00-17:00. Places are free but limited so to register in advance please contact: colstonhall@bristolplaysmusic.org or 0117 204 7126.