Summer Jazz 2021

Come and spend three days learning from some of the best Jazz musicians in Wellington!

A three day course on the vibrant world of jazz and improvising.

Theoretical, historical and social perspectives on the music will be weaved into the practical elements of playing, creating a welcoming introduction for newcomers and providing exciting new pathways for developing jazz players.

Lectures and workshops may include jazz history; jazz rhythm and harmony; understanding jazz scores; approaches for improvising; workshops and sectionals for brass, woodwind, and rhythm section players; and combos and Big Band where participants can play together.

Timetable and Enrolment


Start: Monday 11th Jan 2021
Finish: Wednesday 13th Jan 2021
9.00am-5.00pm each day


Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music Rooms


Jake Baxendale and other guest tutors

Target Market

Adults aged 18 and over
Please email with thew instrument you play and any dietary needs for catering purposes.

(incl GST)

$400.00 for 3 full days


Adult (over 18)

About Jake Baxendale

Jake Baxendale is an alto saxophonist and composer based in Wellington, New Zealand. Raised in remote Golden Bay, he demonstrates in his life and music a freedom of expression, a love of nature and a community oriented mind-set that is heavily influenced by his upbringing.

He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Post Graduate Diploma in Jazz Performance from Te Koki/New Zealand School of music, and spent 6 weeks in 2016 studying with top composers and saxophonists in New York City through the Edwin Carr scholarship. An experienced educator himself, he tutored jazz theory at the NZSM 2011-12, and led combos, theory, and composition and arranging classes for the Young Musician’s Program in 2011, 2012, and 2014. He has taught private lessons in saxophone, clarinet, theory and improvisation for the past 10 years.

Jake has toured Aotearoa, Australia and South Korea with his groups The Jac and Antipodes, and has performed and toured nationally with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Rodger Fox Big Band, The Wellington Mingus Ensemble, The Troubles, the Richter City Rebels, and his own trio JB3, among many others.

His most recent projects are the Arthur Street Loft Orchestra, a weekly residency presenting music for large ensemble featuring the music of leading Wellington jazz composers; and Jazz Aotearoa, a professional association representing jazz creators, presenters, educators and audiences in Aotearoa, NZ.

Our Location

Rātā Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Wellington 6022
Rātā Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243