The South Devon Youth Jazz Project is an exciting new venture aimed at providing a pathway for the emerging musician into the world of jazz and improvisation.  As a result of collaboration between jazz musicians, educators and funding partners, its aim is to provide the young musicians of South Devon with opportunity to play jazz together, in a fun and encouraging environment.
Based in Newton Abbot, the project will be based around fortnightly workshops and termly master classes with top jazz educators.
There is no strict minimum standard but we would estimate that students need to be able to read music to a reasonable extent and be approximately a Grade 2 technical standard on their instrument (but no need to have taken exams).
For more information please visit the Contact Page of the website and get in touch.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our sessions.
Spring term dates – 6th & 20th March 2018
For more information please visit our website –


Herbie Hancock Weekend with Neil Maya
Learn to improvise over some of Herbie Hancock’s widely differing jazz compostions.
Play great arrangements of his wonderful compositions.
Find out some of the history behind Herbie Hancock.
Immerse yourself in jazz for the weekend in the beautiful surroundings of the South Devon Countryside.
Rhythm section and up to a dozen horns.
For those who are reasonably adept at improvising can read to approx gr 4-5.
Sat 9th June 2018, 10am to 5.30pm (with gig in the evening) & Sun 10th June 10am to 1pm,
Harberton Village Hall nr Totnes, Devon.
Also included in the price:
Yummy lunch (Saturday) @Church Hse Inn.
Teas, coffees and biscuits provided throughout the weekend.
Sat evening gig from The Neil Maya Quartet
with special guest Robin Pengilley on trumpet playing a special gig of Herbie Hancock tunes (primarily) (£8.50 on the door, £7 in advance, £5 U18s = entrance for non workshop attendees).
£77 (accommodation not included)

To book a place contact Charlie Lowe on:
07875 076741 or
Or discuss with Neil on:
01803 862762
With: Neil Maya
Click this link to see the poster – Neil Maya Workshop Poster