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Jazz in Lucca

Tuscany, Italy

22nd - 28th August 2021


An intensive Jazz course in a supportive environment, with encouraging tutors.  An opportunity to focus on developing skills required for working with a band or ensemble.
On your instrument you will be guided to explore improvisation, jazz harmony, and repertoire.  Work in a rhythm section and prepare group performances. Nightly organised jam sessions (outdoor) and a finale concert in the square involving all attendees, plus International professional musicians invited to perform Friday and Saturday evenings.
Partners welcome.


Fully refundable deposits - no questions asked.

You can request a full refund or save your place for 2022.

Social distancing, outdoor rehearsal and concerts and indoors well ventilated.  Sanitisers and wipes free and available in all rooms.

Mask wearing where appropriate. Own microphones needed.

Other equipment such as keyboards and amps provided and cleaned.



Individual coaching on solo and lead performances from tutors. Focus on working with a band and developing band leading skills - workshop daily with a rhythm section. Areas covered  include: Jazz theory for singers, harmony, chord structures, scat improvisation. Voice production breath work, song interpretation and phrasing, microphone technique and voice care. Communication with band including feel, tempo, arrangements


All instrumental students will have time with a professional on their instrument (where possible). Explore a wide variety of repertoire and improvisation approaches with specialised workshops. Harmony, aural training, daily band or combination workshops. Repertoire will cover a wide range of styles from jazz standards, blues, and latin with an emphasis on improvisation.

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Trudy Kerr

Vocal Coach

Renown as one of the UK's finest jazz vocalists having released 13 albums. Trudy has a passion for teaching and is currently completing a Masters in Music Education and is a fellow of Higher Education Academy. She teaches at Trinity Laban and and London College of Creative Media and is co-founder

Brandon Allen

Saxophone / Composer

A busy session musician, composer and arranger for commercial music and films, Brandon is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has opened for many artists such as Pat Metheny, Jools Holland, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond Camille Bertault, Stefano Di Battista and Beverley Knight and more. He regularly tours with Kyle Eastwood and performs at Jazz Festivals across the world.

Geoff Gascoyne

Bass / Producer

A professional musician for over 30 years Geoff has worked with artists including; Van Morrison, Dianne Reeves, Michel Legrand, Charlie Watts, Jamie Cullum and Sting. He has appeared on 100's of recordings and has toured the world many times. For the last decade, Geoff has turned to music production and is Professor of Jazz at LCCM.

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Karen Lane

Vocal Tutor and Yoga Teacher

Karen is a professional singer and contemporary vocal coach. She has been an Associate Lecturer in Voice at Surrey University and currently teaches Jazz singing at City Literary Institute.  She runs a private vocal coaching studio in London and has recorded and self-produced 6 albums to critical acclaim.  She has performed at Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express and around the world including: Sicily, Portofino, Nice, Monte Carlo Berlin Bucharest and Cape Town. 

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Chris Bland

Piano Keyboards

Christopher  is a highly in demand musician and teacher of Piano, Keyboards, Composition and Music Theory. He has worked as an ambassador and educator for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. 


Since moving  to London, he has completed a Masters in Performance at the Guildhall graduating with Distinction. Christopher works at the Guildhall as an accompanist and vocal coach. Performances include Ronnie Scotts, Steinway Hall, The Barbican, The Vortex and Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho. 

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Dominic Ashworth


One of London's most in-demand guitarists, Dominic is a professor of Jazz Guitar at Trinity Laban Conservertoire London. An active freelance player who has toured with Carol Kidd, Michael Garrik, Paul Jones and more. Awarded "Jazz Guitarist of the Year" at the 2006 Birmingham Jazz Awards.

Andrea Trillo


Andrea has had a varied recording and performing career: in pop and folk music he has worked with Hazel O’Connor, Jerry Dammers (The Specials) and American sax player Bob Martin. A founding member of UtterJazz with Jonny Gee and Ruthie Culver, extensively touring their album Look Stranger, in 2013.



8:00 - 8:30

Yoga and breathwork session (optional)

8:30 - 9:30


10:00 - 10:30

Group Warm-up

Rhythm Improvisation & Voice Improvisation Workshop

10:45 - 13:00

Instrument Workshop

13:00 - 13:45


14:00 - 16:00

Assigned Ensemble

16:00 - 16:30

Afternoon Break

16:30 - 17:45

Small Combo Rehearsals

19:00 - 20:00

Pre dinner drinks and tutor performance

20:00 - 20:45


21:00 - 00:00

Organised Jam sessions



LOCATION – LUCCA – near PISA (35 mins by car)

Villa Allegra is situated in the walled, protected village of Pieve Di Compito, where Prince William and Kate - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - spent their honeymoon in 2011. Pieve and Sant Andrea di Compito are together known as the Borgo delle Camelie. 

Villa Allegra is a 17th Century former farmhouse at the foot of Monte Pisano hills, between Lucca and Pisa.  It's a perfect base in Tuscany for combining the excitement of the art cities of Florence, Pisa and Lucca.


AMENITIES - Free resident car parking, Free highspeed internet, Pool, restful gardens and recreational lower lawn. Tennis courts 5 minutes on foot, Touring bikes available on request, Local village shop and local bar.

Villa Orsi

is adjacent to Villa Allegra and will provide additional accommodation and a pool – 3 mins walk from Villa Allegra.


Both venues are 3 mins walk from the main square where the final concert will take place.


PISA – is the nearest airport from which we will co-ordinate transfers.

FLORENCE – you would need your own transfer or by train to Lucca.

ROME – would require a train journey (3hrs) we could collect you at the train station in Lucca.



Group Transfer Transit Bus - £15 each way or

Private Taxi - aprox. £40 each way (could be shared between 2/3 people).


6 days Tuition and resources. Sat concert rehearsals.

Concert - finale performance alongside prestigious International musicians.

Food - if you choose this option and or are staying in Villa Allegra/Villa Orsi.

Mon - Fri Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Sat - Breakfast

Dinner (Sun) Welcome dinner - optional extra for those not staying onsite.

Wholesome locally sourced freshly cooked meals.

Breakfast - fruit, grains and fresh bread and pastries.

Lunch - Hearty Salads, Frittata, fresh bread cheeses and charcuterie.

Dinner - two courses e.g. Pasta, Pizza, Salads and desert.

Drinks - soft drink included 2 dinner drinks (wine or beer) included. 

Alcoholic drinks - organic wines and beers available at ridiculously cheap prices.


£980 pp (£600 for non- attending partner)


TWIN ROOM W ensuite
£910 per person (two sharing)



£1150 (private room ensuite)


non-participating partners includes accommodation and food
Partners, spouses or friends, not studying on the course, sharing the student's room.

£550 OFFSITE  - find your own accommodation or camping.

Price including lunch and dinner (5 nights mon- fri)

If you live in the area or choose to rent your own accommodation, you can join the course as a non-resident - paying fees for tuition and food only.



£350 – external – Tuition and Concert performance only.

£550 (with food - lunch and dinner) – camping option.

£720 (with shared accommodation)

Special discounted flat-rate for those in full-time education. (18-24) Proof required (ie NUS card, Student ID card etc.)


We require this deposit to be sent at the time of booking for each person, including partners. Final payments by 30th June 2021. Late payments accepted with late fee £30 added.

Although lovely at both Villa Allegra and Villa Orsi – please note these older style venues have a rustic charm but might not be considered luxury accommodation. Both venues have their own pools.

If you require greater comfort finding alternative accommodation in the vicinity is suggested. You might need a car – if further away. Here are a few alternatives:

LOCANDA SAN GINESE - bnb Hotel nearby







Accommodation at both Villa Allegra and Villa Orsi - is limited and will be allocated on a first come basis.

After this accommodation would need to be found offsite in a local BnB or camping with use of shower/toilet facilities at Villa Allegra.

Secure your space in 3 simple steps:

1. Click here to download and complete the booking form.

2. Email us your form by clicking here. (Don't forget to attach the form!)

3. Process your payment by direct bank transfer, or with a credit or debit card via our MOONCLERK (Stripe) booking system. To pay via MOONCLERK click here.


If you have any questions or would like any further information, please email either or

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