Jazz Performance

7:30pm - 9pm

  • Venue Attenborough Arts Centre
  • Price £75/£100
  • Event type Creative Courses
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Gain confidence in your ability to improvise and perform in a jazz group and learn tunes from the jazz repertoire.


This course is for those who play an instrument with reasonable proficiency – we will contact you after booking to ask which instrument(s) you will be playing. To engage fully with the course, you will also need to read music or chord symbols, but those who play well by ear are also welcome.

Please note: we have two acoustic pianos available on site but participants will need to bring all other instruments.

The course will introduce you to playing in a jazz band, or provide opportunity for you to improve your knowledge and skills.

You’ll work on a number of tunes over the course, learnt and improvised, modelling a real playing experience, playing together as a group. As far as possible you’ll function as a jazz band would, dependent on the mix of instruments participants play.

This is a practical course focussed on playing, but theory and improvisation techniques relevant to the tunes being played will feature.

Tutor Richard Everitt is based in Leicester and plays the saxophone and piano. He mostly performs in small jazz groups, but also writes for larger ensembles. He performs regularly at Regent Jazz, where he organises the monthly jam session. Between 2016 and 2022 he was lead composer for the Leicester Cosmopolitan Carnival finale performances.

This 10-week course will run on Mondays, 7.30-9pm, starting on 15 April and ending on 8 July 2024.

Please note: no sessions on 6 May, 27 May and 10 June.


Participants must be aged 18+

Further Information

We aim to make all our sessions as accessible as possible and carers/PAs are very welcome – just remember to book their free place when you book your session. If you’d like to talk to us in advance of booking or attending your sessions to discuss your access needs, our Box Office team is here to help! Email arts-centre@le.ac.uk, pop in or call 0116 252 2455, open 7 days a week.

We have four blue badge parking spaces outside Attenborough Arts Centre, plus double yellow line roadside parking very close to the building for blue badge holders for up to three hours if our parking spaces are occupied.

Free parking for all customers is available after 5pm on weekdays and all day at weekends in the University of Leicester car park next door to Attenborough Arts Centre on Lancaster Road. The closest public car park for parking at all other times is Victoria Park, 5-10 minutes walk from us.

Please ensure that you agree to our updated Terms & Conditions before booking as courses/workshops are non-refundable in some circumstances.