has anyone attended this previously?  it is held at burnley in the uk.  if so, what did you think of it?  any good for pianists?  

https://www.burnleymechanics.co.uk/jazz.php

tks  kai
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kai,

i haven't attended this, but i have heard nikki iles play piano, and know she has a fine reputation as a teacher (think she used to teach jazz at leeds). again, i have heard mike outram - he is a very good guitarist, and professor of guitar at numerous colleges. so, going on the calibre of just these two, i would think the course is probably worth investigating further.

paul
tks paul
steve berry has excellent pedigree, starting with the late lamented loose tubes.  he's a nice chap too.  nicky iles is a major league pianist and should be good value.  the leeds-manchester teaching and performing community is at least as good as most of what happens in london i would say.  if you decide to take the course, don't forget to post your experiences and recommendation.

sid
nikki iles teaches on the jazz course at middlesex university now.  i have heard of this summer school and the names on there are big in britain so it might be worth going along...
i attended the burnley course 6 years ago. i think the format is pretty similar. there's quite a big emphasis on group playing and only a small time on direct instrumental tuition. all the tutors are excellent.
in the last couple of years there's also been another week which is for rhythm section players. this gives more attention to aspects not perhaps covered in a general group.
i know steve berry refers to the fact that rhythm sections players can sometimes be 'hod carriers' for the rest of the band and the second week tries to redress the balance.
thanks everyone.
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