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1_Jazz theory workshop

Neil has led numerous workshops over the last fifteen years (especially over the last ten years) and greatly enjoys running them. The workshops tend focus on jazz and improvisation. At the moment Neil runs eight week intermediate jazz courses (2 hours each Monday night at the moment) in both the Autumn and Spring terms and also runs one day workshops and tutors on longer courses. Neil is also happy to be booked for workshops run by other organisations. Neil is currently based in Ashburton, Devon.


Neil run and have run many bands and groups either as one off's or on a regular basis over the last 15 years including currently:


The South Devon Big Band (a classic big band  generally set up for good amateur adult musicians)...

The band rehearses on one Saturday morning per month and also give performances. To find out more visit the South Devon Big Band website; www.southdevonbigband.co.uk


Clarinet Group...

This group set up in mid 2014 rehearses once a month on a Thursday morning. Currently made up from my more advanced adult pupils this group rehearses clarinet quartets and quintets from both the classical and sometimes more jazzy repertoire. Generally ideal for clarinettists between gr 5 and 8 standard (tends to be for just my pupils).


Extreme Jazz theory...

This group was set up at the beginning of 2015. It is a group dedicated to explaining the mysteries of jazz theory for those jazz musicians who really want to get involved in the subject. Neil uses Mark Levine's excellent book The Jazz Theory Book as a basis for moving forward with this intriguing subject.

Saxophone Group...

Neil now runs a saxophone group (generally open to adults of roughly a gr 3-5 standard). The group meets roughly once a month (tending towards the last Saturday of the month usually in the morning. The group usually works on a tune by ear and written arrangements and some warm up musical exercises. Generally an air of light heartedness and fun is in order. Please contact Neil for more details.


Schools workshops with The Neil Maya Quartet...

This project works both in primary and secondary schools and the format can vary depending on requirements. Briefly in primary schools the band often gives hour long interactive concerts for the children and also an hour long session introducing improvisation to beginner instrumentalists. In secondary schools members of the quartet can give workshops to develop instrumentalist's improvisational skills as well as workshops with the whole band. For both primary and secondary schools The Neil Maya Quartet can give an evening concert for both the school communtiy and local community. For more information on this exciting project do get in touch.


Past Groups and Workshops...

Neil has conducted (and rehearsed the band) for a number of shows at Ivybridge Community College including Les Miserables, Annie, Joseph, High School Musical and Summer Holiday. Neil also ran the Ivybridge Community College Big Band for 12 years until 2013 along with two jazz groups and a soul funk band at the college until 2014. Neil gave improvisation workshops for Teignmouth Jazz for about eight years until 2012 and  has also delivered improvisation workshops for Ivybridge Community College, Plymouth Music Service, Torbay Academy of Performing Arts, The Meeting House Arts Centre in Ilminster and Sheffield Jazz.

1_Neil's autumn workshop concert photo Dec 14 phot

East Prawle Jazz Course Final performance 2015 of Earth Wind and Fire's Fantasy.

Picture courtesey of Walter Dirks


Extreme Jazz Theory!


Monday Night Jazz Workshop performance