Girl Plays Jazz Project is delighted to have been awarded a National Lottery Project Grant by the Arts Council – to continue to run our live workshops, masterclasses and development opportunities from 2021 to 2023, as well as our new monthly BIG JAZZ THEORY sessions.  As part of this we will look to expand our programme outside of London for the first time.



With the easing of COVID restrictions we are looking forward to resuming our live workshop programme from the end of April 2021.    All our workshops are open to girls aged 8 to 16 who have at least 2 years regular tuition on their instruments.

From September 2021 Girl Plays Jazz Project proudly presents: The Jazz Launch Pad – introducing girls and young women to jazz improvisation with the support of the Arts Council.   All workshops cost £25 per participant, with free places available for those on low incomes.


Saturday 9th October 2021 @ 1pm – introduction to jazz improvisation workshop and performance @ The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston

Sunday 14th November 2021 @ 1pm – introduction to jazz improvisation workshop and performance @ The Old Ford Jazz Club, Victoria Park as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival

Saturday 20th November 2021 @ 10pm – introduction to jazz improvisation workshop and performance @ Karamel, Wood Green as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

To register for the Festival please get in touch through our contacts page.

Please watch this space for more dates….




We are proud to present our new online 2021 BIG JAZZ THEORY workshops for girls aged 8 to 18 – where we dig a little deeper into jazz history, theory, key musicians and listening in a fun and engaging way.  The cost is £20 for four, monthly 1 hour online Zoom sessions, and we will run monthly sessions throughout 2021.  All sessions are at 4pm unless stated.


Sunday 26th September 

Meet the band – introducing the rhythm section and front line of a small combo

Sunday 24th October 

The Blues – an introduction to the art form of the Blues and its influence in jazz improvisation.

Sunday 28th November 

History and the Greats of jazz drumming – guest tutor tbc.

Sunder 12th December 

Jazz @ Christmas – a lighthearted listen to favourite jazz Christmas tunes


Sunday 23rd January – Chords

Understanding chord and chord symbols in jazz

Sunday 6th March – All about that bass

History and the Greats of the low end – guest tutor tbc.

Sunday 27th March – Piano

History and the Great Jazz Pianists – guest tutor tbc.

Sunday 24th April – Saxophone Colossus 

History and the Great Saxophonists – guest tutor tbc.

Sunday 29th May – Understanding common jazz progressions – chord symbols, cycle of fifths and 2 5 1s

Sunday 19th June – TBC

Sunday 17th July – TBC


The cost of our LIVE workshops is £25 to pay for the considerable skill and expertise of our 6 piece house band. Free places are always available for those on low incomes.



Saturday 7th September
GPJP workshop and public performance @ Karamel Jazz Club

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Sunday 6th October @ 3 pm to 6 pm
GPJP workshop and public performance @ The Vortex, Dalston

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Saturday 23rd November @ 3pm to 8 pm
GPJP Workshop and performance as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival @ Poplar Union, Mile End 



Saturday 1st February 2020 afternoon from 2pm

St James’ Church, Prebend Street Angel, N1

Introduction to Jazz Improvisation for girls aged 8 to 16 years 


Sunday 8th March 2020 @ Ronnie Scott’s to celebrate International Women’s Day




Saturday 8th May 2021 @ 2pm

Introduction to Jazz Improvisation workshop (for girls aged between 8 and 18) with the GPJP six-piece house band.


Saturday 17th July 2021 @ 2pm – Shirley Smart Trio Masterclass

Exploring jazz and middle-Eastern fusion with the renowned jazz cellist Shirley Smart


Saturday 11th September 2021

Masterclass with Gareth Lockrane, Tristan Mailliot, Flo Moore and Tom Cawley