About the International French Jazz Summer School

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This wonderful jazz escape/retreat/school/community was founded by drummer/philosopher/bon viveur and "Monsieur Le Directeur" Clive Fenner. Sadly Clive passed away in April 2019 but his spirit lives on as we continue the school, very much in his name. You can find out more about Clive's life, his values and work in Simon Purcell's obituary in London Jazz News click here.

The International French Jazz Summer School began in 1995 close to Montpellier, running for 1 week. Originally emplying Simon Purcell (Head of Jazz at Trinity-Laban) and Martin Hathaway (Head of Jazz Studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama). In the following 25 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 atmosphere is friendly and fun creating a real jazz community, offering support and encouragement to all and generating a great sense of pride in everyone involved. It’s an opportunity to make great new friends and musical contacts. And, for some, it has proved to be a life-changing experience! 

A previous course member summed it up "...this must be the benchmark for all Jazz courses".