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The 11th of April was the 11th StaxofSax workshop in Leicester. We had a great day with 19 people joining us. Players travelled from Malvern, Solihull and Bunny (Nottingham) and from the post day comments, everyone had a good time.

Chris’s arrangement of Your Song (Billy Paul version) was very funky and considering we worked on it for an hour, a good presentation was made of it.

The Small groups played tunes like Jericho and Looney toons with some of the groups adapting their tune to suit the ability of the players in that group. This is how you develop musicianship and make the best of the circumstances you have.

In the afternoon, Nick joined us again and for a change we stayed in the smaller groups for the jazz session. Nick had arranged four tunes so that the performances at the end made a mini jazz concert, rather than have a large group all playing the same tune and everyone having to wait a long time for their chance of a solo.
This was a big success and was appreciated by all that attended.

Thanks to Mandy for the recordings of the small group and improvisation session, I will get them posted here as soon as I can.

It was great to meet Clare, Pauline and Peter for the first time, and I hope that they will join us again.

3pm seems to come around pretty quickly on these events, but at the end of the day we are all ready for a cup of tea or something stronger.

I hope that some of you will join us for the next one on Friday June the 8th for our next Leicester event, I will keep this site updated with details. Let me know if you are interested.

Keep blowing and see you soon


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The date for the next workshop is April 11th in Leicester (south wigston). We have got a lot to live upto after the last one, but we are working hard to make it as good.

It will be run along the same lines as the last event (large ensemble, small groups and improvisation)with one exception, the improvisation section will be split into small groups, each with their own tune to work on, this will make the performances more interesting.

If you would like to join us for the day, please contact me either through here or

cost of the day has remained the same, £30.00 per person.

We look forward to hearing from you, please don’t delay in booking as 8 of the 20 places are gone already.

see you soon



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We had a really good day on the 29th December with 13 sax players of all ages and abilities joining us for the last workshop of 2011.

After a good warm up, we worked on Chris’s arrangement of ‘Don’t go Breaking my Heart’ Chris explained that Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote this one under assumed names of Orson & Carte (that was bad!).
After a short break the small groups worked on I’ve got Rhythm, Mambo No.5 and the Charleston and with only an hour to rehearse, there was some very good performances at the end.

The afternoon saw Nick Hislam leading the group in learning Blue Bossa and how to improvise over the chords. He had sent out the relevant dots and some scales to everyone before hand so that people could have a look before the day. The 2 hours session soon went and people had plenty of questions even after all of that playing.
The next workshops are book, so please have a look at the new post and give me a nudge if you feel that this is something that you would like to join us for, we would love to see you



ps there are more pictures on the StaxofSax facebook page.

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