Introducing the International French Jazz Summer School

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Drummer, Clive Fenner was the Director of Jazz Summer School and started the International French Jazz School. He organised and played at The Eastside Jazz Club and led the Clive Fenner Quartet

Sadly, Clive passed away in April 2019, after battling with prostate cancer.

The International French Jazz Summer School was first offered in 1995 in a French Domain close to Montpellier.  The course was run for just 1 week and key tutors were Simon Purcell (Piano, Head of Jazz Studies at Trinity - Laban) and Martin Hathaway (Saxophones, Head of Jazz Studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama).  In the following 24 years the Jazz Summer School course expanded to run over 3 weeks and offers programmes for all instrumentalists and singers of all experience levels who have a common desire to develop and improve their jazz performance and improvisational skills.


Tutors and participants live, play, eat, learn and have fun together.  The course creates a real jazz community, offering support and encouragement to all and generating a great sense of pride in everyone involved.  A previous course member summed it up "...must be the benchmark for all Jazz courses".