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Introductory Workshop

Improv and Phrasing in Jazz with EVT
Course ID: 2116
Date: 2023/01/28 to 2023/01/28 (YYYY/MM/DD) Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm GMT Cost: £130 (active participants) / £60 (observers) Language: English
Instructors: Stefan Holmstrom
Contact: Stefan Holmström | | +44 (0)7970 057 660
Course Location:
The Verdict Jazz Club
159 Edward Street 
Kemptown East Sussex
United Kingdom

This relaxed, informal day-long vocal workshop at the Verdict Jazz Club in Brighton features expert coaching and feedback from award-winning jazz singer Claire Martin OBE and voice teacher Stefan Holmström MFA, Estill Master Trainer.​

We will explore improvisation, scat and how to shape your music organically with style. We will then apply what we've learned to a group improvisation and a selection of three songs from the standard repertoire or your own choice of jazz standard.

Twelve active participants will have the opportunity to perform their selected song on stage accompanied by one of the most in-demand jazz pianists on the UK jazz scene. 

What you'll learn

  • An introduction to the Estill Model with special focus on larynx height, true vocal folds, tongue and lips
  • How to coordinate your body and voice with anchoring
  • Timing and phrasing
  • Dictionary of phonetics for jazz improvisation
  • An introduction to improvisation and scat using a 12-bar blues pattern


Saturday 28 January 2023

10:00 am to 5:00 pm GMT


Verdict Jazz Club, 159 Edward St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 0JB

Who it's for

Jazz singers - beginner to intermediate level.​


Ten observers take part in the themed Introduction to Estill during the morning. In the afternoon, they watch and learn from the feedback that active participants receive during performance and one-to-one coaching.

Active participants

Like the observers, twelve active participants will also take part in the morning's themed Introduction to Estill. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to perform a song they have selected from the standard repertoire and receive personal coaching and expert feedback on singing with breathy tone and belt. The song choices are:​

  • Stormy Monday Blues
  • I've Got Rhythm
  • How High the Moon
  • A jazz standard of your choice


£130 per person for active participants

£60 per person for observers

About the trainers

Stefan Holmström, MFA and Estill Master Trainer (EMT), is a professional opera singer and voice teacher. Following a career performing at Glyndebourne, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park and as a member of the Phantom of the Opera Company at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, Stefan offers expert vocal training and workshops to a wide range of singers and speakers from his studio in central Brighton.

Claire Martin OBE is a critically acclaimed Brighton-based jazz singer. She has won the British Jazz Awards 8 times and is a proud recipient of the BASCA Gold Badge Award for her contribution to songwriting. Claire has released 21 CDs and is currently working on her next album project, a collaboration with the American conductor and pianist Scott Dunn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra celebrating the songs of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.

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