We love the Festival of Chichester.  Jazz Smugglers have become one of the famous FESTIVAL BANDS in SUSSEX. The JAZZ SMUGGLERS EVENTS are all different. Sometimes the music is full of Gershwin and Cole Porter. At other times we are playing songs loved by Jazz Club patrons.

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THE BRILLIANCE OF THIS MUSIC

JAZZ FUNK   MILES DAVIS

KIDS HAVING FUN   JAMIE CULLEM

One of the Sussex Jazz Bands One of the Sussex Jazz Bands

We play mainly in CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX, which is close to BOGNOR for LIVE JAZZ, but we also work as a live JAZZ BAND in WORTHING, and as a JAZZ BAND in PORTSMOUTH,  There are not many JAZZ BANDS IN CHICHESTER, there are one or two live BANDS IN BOGNOR, more BANDS IN WORTHING and even more BANDS IN PORTSMOUTH.

There are many JAZZ BANDS IN EAST SUSSEX but far fewer JAZZ BANDS IN WEST SUSSEX. If you want soft romantic music for WEDDING RECEPTIONS SUSSEX. or a LIVE JAZZ TRIO at your WEDDING or PRIVATE PARTY as background music book us please.

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SOME BASICS FOR JAZZ BEGINNERS  

you know how to play other kinds of music, you can read a bit, you may be classically trained but jazz is awkward, different, and difficult  also see our JAZZ  TIPS website

You are going to need a specialised

Jazz Tutor

for your instrument


After that you can work it out for yourself


Try the jazz course at Chichester College



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TIPS ON PLAYING JAZZ


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You'll need to improvise around the chord symbols. That may be completely new for you.

WHAT IS THE KEY
Jazz music scripts do not always tell you which key the piece is playing in – it may be major or minor.
Look at the last chord of all – that’s the one it will all resolve to, so that is the fundamental key.  But getting there will take you through several key changes.

THE SHAPE OF THE SONG
Look at the shape of the piece. AABA or ABAC is it or some other weirdo?  Is it 12 bars/16 bars/32 bars or longer - your ear feels the music in 4 or 8 bar sequences. Don’t be fooled by an odd shape. (Watermelon Man sounds and feels like a simple blues, but it is 16 bars, not 12)

CHORDS
Have a pattern, a plan in mind before you start. Look for the major keys, when they change. Look for the dominant 7 chords –
they’ll tell you which major you are in at that time.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that a minor chord is a Dorian, (2nd mode) of the major. It could be the third mode, or the sixth.  Rely on the dominant 7 chord to tell you which key you are in. Even a maj chord symbol might be just a 4th chord in another scale and can fool you. Sometimes an odd chord is indicated, but this might just be linked to a melody note and the basic key has not changed.

LICKS, PATTERNS, SHAPES AND RIFFS
Put in some of your favourite licks over the harmonies. Find things which work well within your technical range. Try out the same lick in different parts of the solo, change the phrasing. Try and create a shape for the solo

BACKING  TRACKS
Get Band in a Box, put the chords in, and you’ll have a built in backing track to play against.