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.

We are also continuing our tuition online – please get in touch if you would like to take part in our BIG JAZZ THEORY sessions.



With the easing of COVID restrictions we are looking forward to resuming our live workshop programme from the end of April.  

Saturday 8th May 2021 @ 2pm

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

New Unity Hall, Upper Street, London N1 2TZ


Saturday 12th June 2021 @ 2pm *now postponed*

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

Venue in Hertfordshire tbc.


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

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

New Unity Hall, Upper Street, London N1 2TZ


Please get in touch to sign up.




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.

Saturday 16th January 2021 @ 2pm

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

Saturday 27th February 2021 @ 2pm

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

Saturday 20th March 2021 @ 2pm

Early Jazz – looking into (and listening to) the origins of jazz music and the jazz greats of the time

Saturday 24th April 2021 @ 2pm

Swing era

Saturday 19th June 2021 @ 2pm

Introduction to Bebop 

Saturday 10th July @ 2pm with guest tutor Irene Serra

Key jazz singers in jazz history – what can we learn from them.  Key tips for singers, and for instrumentalists playing with singers.


Forthcoming workshops will look at:

The development of jazz drumming and jazz drumming legends

Exploring post bop – fusion, ECM, free jazz and beyond…

Meet the rhythm section – the development of the jazz rhythm section

Meet the frontline – the development of the jazz frontline through jazz history

A brief history of the Big Band – from Swing era to contemporary jazz


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 @ 10 am to 1 pm

GPJP workshop and public performance @ Karamel Jazz Club, WoodGreen – cost £25

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Sunday 6th October @ 3 pm to 6 pm

GPJP workshop and public performance @ The Vortex, Dalston – cost £25

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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 – cost £30



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 – £25 per girl


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

This workshop is by invitation only.

Sunday 29th March @ the Vortex in Dalston from 2pm

STOP PRESS:  **WE regret to say that due to the global pandemic this workshop is suspended for now – but we will be back at the Vortex soon…