• Introduction
  • Michael Garrick MBE
  • Gabriel Garrick LRAM
  • The Jazz Academy
  • Location
  • Environment

Introduction

Established in 1989 at The Royal Academy of Music, Jazz Academy now resides at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham.

This venue is in a beautiful setting with world class facilities; top quality pianos literally everywhere, unlimited parking, modern indoor swimming pool, residential accommodation with onsite catering and licensed bar.

Jazz Academy Vacation Courses


  • Spring Jazz - 26th-29th March 2018

  • Summer Jazz - 13th-18th August 2017

  • Winter Jazz - 27th-30th December 2017 (To Be Confirmed)

  • A strong emphasis on nurturing the essence of an authentic jazz feel through enjoyment
  • Jazz for ALL ranges of competence; beginners through intermediate to advanced
  • All instrumentalists, jazz singers and accompanists
  • 100 years of Jazz Improvisation: 1917-2017
  • The spirituality of Jazz
  • All periods and preferences
  • Nightly Jazz Club
  • Final Jazz Concert
"The Jazz Academy courses I run aim to allow like-minded people with a shared interest in jazz to get together in a warm and welcoming environment where they can experience the process of discovering themselves through the music without any anxiety, in order to facilitate the discovery of one's own voice within the music as a priority whilst learning about how to improvise, learn tunes, nurture the ear so that it is strong and all the other essential qualities of being a decent jazz musician. Communication on the bandstand with fellow musicians is also focussed on. All these things give confidence to the developing jazz musician. A correct measure of self-confidence is paramount to the jazz musician. Tutors give advice and information based on their having had more experience doing it which is of course essential for playing any music. There are no entrance requirements; there is nothing that you need to know except for a desire to dive in. We do not examine or test people. There are no competitions, no good or bad and certainly no right or wrong. The only goal is to create music together. I personally do not like the term 'teach'. 'Educate' is closer to the mark as it is derived from the Latin 'educare' which means to bring forth or lead out of..."

- Gabriel Garrick

Michael Garrick MBE - Course Founder

"When I came home from my first week teaching on a one-off all-music course I automatically switched on the radio, something I'd not had cause to do for the whole action-packed week. Lurid, awful news invaded my ears. I realised with a jolt how inspiring life can really be with other human beings who love and share something greater than themselves and by contrast how normally we are fighting off so much that brings us down, all that we're subjected to by media which seems obliged to report every ghastly detail. Our aim with Jazz Academy is to send everyone away feeling better - much better! They've been in touch with something real." Click HERE for a comprehensive appreciation of Michael Garrick

Gabriel Garrick LRAM - Course Director

Having been nurtured within a musical environment from birth Gabriel been imbued with the principals of jazz life and education from around the age of 7 after taking up the cornet and joining his father on jazz education workshops at schools across the country. Throughout the 1980s participation on Avril Dankworth's music camps for children, John Dankworth's jazz courses, John Myhill's 'JAWS' and the Jazz Academy courses themselves, to name just a few, have provided invaluable first hand life experience of the nature and effectiveness of the uncluttered, non-competitive, sharing attitude of vacation courses. Gabriel began being a full time tutor on the Jazz Academy courses in 2003 and naturally took the leadership role from 2011 after the passing of his father, Michael. His priority is for musicians of all ranges of ability ('beginner' through 'intermediate' to 'professional') to get together at Jazz Academy in order to enjoy playing, sharing, developing and learning through the experience of the uplifting and expressive music we call 'Jazz', and above all, to have fun whilst doing it! Click HERE to go to Gabriel Garrick's web site

The Jazz Academy

"The Jazz Academy courses I run aim to allow like-minded people with a shared interest in jazz to get together in a warm and welcoming environment where they can experience the process of discovering themselves through the music without any anxiety, in order to facilitate the discovery of one's own voice within the music as a priority whilst learning about how to improvise, learn tunes, nurture the ear so that it is strong and all the other essential qualities of being a decent jazz musician. Communication on the bandstand with fellow musicians is also focussed on. All these things give confidence to the developing jazz musician. A correct measure of self-confidence is paramount to the jazz musician. Tutors give advice and information based on their having had more experience doing it which is of course essential for playing any music. There are no entrance requirements; there is nothing that you need to know except for a desire to dive in. We do not examine or test people. There are no competitions, no good or bad and certainly no right or wrong. The only goal is to create music together. I personally do not like the term 'teach'. 'Educate' is closer to the mark as it is derived from the Latin 'educare' which means to bring forth or lead out of..."

- Gabriel Garrick

 

Jazz, the music of the last and the new centuries, is our focus and for us, it celebrates good-humoured human spirit, not birthdays or long faces!

We don't pay that much attention to generation gaps at Jazz Academy (average ages 16-75): we're here to illuminate and pass on our experience, skills and great love of jazz, the music that thrills us to the bone. A good time is always had by All! Jazz Academy caters for all ages Enthusiasm

Your only qualifications need to be a real curiosity, an ability to play or sing (in your own judgement) with reasonable facility and above all, an enthusiasm for sharing and learning with an open mind.

Location

The courses are currently held at the wonderfully equipped, beautifully secluded and relaxing green environs of the world class Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham, Surrey. Recently having had purpose built cutting edge music studios added to the premises it is only a few minutes drive from either junction 9 or 10 on the M25 and very close to Cobham train station (direct to Waterloo). The Yehudi Menuhin School serves as a beautiful haven for Jazz Academy courses. Not only are there top quality pianos literally everywhere, unlimited parking, a modern indoor swimming pool but the food is of 5 star gourmet quality!

Environment

The courses are currently held at the wonderfully equipped, beautifully secluded and relaxing green environs of the world class Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham, Surrey. Recently having had purpose built cutting edge music studios added to the premises it is only a few minutes drive from either junction 9 or 10 on the M25 and very close to Cobham train station (direct to Waterloo). The Yehudi Menuhin School serves as a beautiful haven for Jazz Academy courses. Not only are there top quality pianos literally everywhere, unlimited parking, a modern indoor swimming pool but the food is of 5 star gourmet quality!