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 King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC) in Totnes, 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.
Summer Term Dates:
April 24
May 8, 22
June 5, 19
July 3

All we ask is that you have been playing your instrument for a little while, can read music a little and are happy to have a go in an encouraging environment.

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

Jazz at Dartington International Summer School & Festival 2018
The festival features a whole week (18 – 25 August) dedicated to Jazz, Ragtime and Composition which will be rich with opportunities for musicians at all levels the chance to explore new ideas and develop their skills and repertoire alongside like-minded musicians. Courses run for the entire week so you are able to immerse yourself from breakfast until late – or break it by exploring the estate or a walk on the moor before enjoying the concerts programme in the evening.
The brilliant trumpeter and bandleader, Byron Wallen leads this year’s open jazz ensemble and showcases the remarkable performing, composing and teaching skills that make him a leading figure among creative jazz musicians today. Wallen is supported by a diverse band of jazz tutors, including Mark Lockheart, Eric Vloeimans, Martin France and Steve Lodder, who will facilitate participants in a range of playing styles, from Big Band through to two piece Improv, and much more in between.
There will be ensemble sessions on the rhythms of the Harlem Renaissance, improvisation classes with one of the UK’s truly independent spirits, Huw Warren, and an exploration of songs of the Jazz age for singers. Residential packages are available to book now and more details about the individual courses and sessions can be found on our website.