Introducing the International French Jazz Summer School
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".