We host workshops and masterclasses for students and performers with varying levels of musicianship. We hire acclaimed musicians to deliver high-quality sessions for small to large groups. Prior workshop hosts have included: Laura Jurd and Elliot Galvin from Dinosaur, Dominic Ashworth and Karen Sharp.


Our centre is the ideal venue for workshops. We have onsight research facilities, a 'Media Centre', a live performance stage and we are conveniently located.


Please see our events listing page, join our networking group, or subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with workshops and masterclasses.

Laura Jurd Workshop



Dig and Bob Sinfield after Bob's lecture


We frequently hold talks and lectures within our 'Media Centre'. We present everything from personal recounts of jazz history to inviting guest speakers to describe (or even launch) their upcoming projects. 


Prior guest speakers include:

  • Bob Sinfield introduced his new book 'Gentleman of Jazz'; The life of George Chisholm.

  • Mike Pointon presented a retrospective of jazz in the movies and on television over 50 years 

  • Peter Vacher gave a presentation, with musical illustrations, on his book; “Swingin’ on Central Avenue: African–American Jazz in Los Angeles”. 


See our events listing for upcoming talks, lectures, workshops and masterclasses.


We collaborate with local schools, including Westcliff High School and Southend High School, to host GCSE focused workshops to aid with the school curriculum.


We feel it is important to support the education of jazz music and increase educational opportunities for students.



Our workshop 'An analysis of Esperanza Spalding's rendition of Samba El Preludio' took place in 2018 and was organised on a Heritage Fund Grant. A free admission event presented by professional musicians/educators Robin Porter and Greg Sanders. The students were welcomed to bring instruments and get involved with practical demonstrations of the music.


It is our aim to create more opportunities and workshops for students in the future. Your support can help us do this and keep these events admission free. 


Esperanza Spalding The Jazz Centre UK (O

National Youth Jazz Collective Workshops

Through 2020 The NYJC put together a programme of 6-one day regional jazz workshops for young musicians ages 8 - 18 at The Jazz Centre UK! The application deadline has now ended for this year but please keep an eye on our NYJC workshops page for future NYJC opportunities.

The National Youth Jazz Collective has been going for 13 years providing creative learning...

UK Jazz Network Centre


Are you a jazz musician, arranger, artist, dancer, producer, promoter or industry professional? Our large jazz network is a great forum for advice and opportunities.