Jazz Workshop “Classic Jazz & Bossa Nova” from Monday 06.03. to Saturday 11.03.2023 (3rd edition)

Location: Hotel Apollo Terme, MonteGrotto (near Padua and near Venice), Italy 
Relax-, SPA-, Therme- and Wellness-Hotel (heated pools); in addition to SPA: medical treatments

Fotos of earlier workshops and of hotel: see picture gallery

List of docents (still not complete; all instruments will be teached):

  • Scott Hamilton (saxophone, improvisation training, master class, additional fee: 300 Euros)
  • Thomas Heck (saxophones, flute, improvisation training, normal class)
  • further docents for trumpet, trombone, drums and/or percussion (normal classes) are invited.
  • Kristine Cirule (vocals, piano, improvisation training, theory, ear training, normal class)
  • Klaus Desch (piano, improvisation training, comping training, normal class)
  • Sandro Gibellini (guitar, improvisation training, comping training, normal class)
  • Bernd J. Kröger (double bass, theory, normal class)
  • teaching languages: mainly English, including translations into German, and into Italian
  • For more infos concerning the docents, see guestDocent and see docents

Features of the workshop:

  • All instruments and singers are welcome! There will be training classes for all instruments/voices
  • The workshop is designed for jazz amateurs up to semi professionals and for music teachers. But you can also particpate and profit from the workshop if you are a beginner in jazz if you already are practicing your instrument for a few years in other music styles (e.g., classical music)
  • Each instrument class is layed out for 2 participants in minimum and 4 participants in maximum.
  • As an Extra: Scott Hamilton master class: You can participate in a normal class and in addition you will separately profit from improviation training and combo training with Scott Hamilton, taking place on two days within the workshop. You will meet Scott Hamilton in an exclusive atmosphere with ony three other participants and you will be acompanied by a professional rhyhtm section during his combo teaching.

Workshop goals

  • band training: each student has the chance to participate in a band for learning to play together with others in an jazz ensemble
  • instrument and improvisation training: improving your skills on your instument: this takes place within a group but we will focus on each participant for a part of the time and on his individual questions 
  • theory and ear training: improving your knowledge on chords, chord progressions, scales etc. and improving your perceptual skills 

Schedule: (changes may be possible) 

  • First meeting: Monday, 06.03.2023, 18.30 in lobby of Hotel Apollo; first jam session is starting at 21.00 (always following dinner)
  • daily teaching: 
    • 09.00-10.00: Theory and ear training (plenary session); basics like: intervals, chord progressions, scales, etc.
    • 10.00-12.00: Instrumental classes / vocal class (parallel sessions): improving instrumental or vocal skills and improving your skills in jazz improvisation
    • 16.00-18.00: band training (parallel sessions): band training; we will consider all your requests concerning the type of combo you want to be a part of.  
  • daily JamSession: 21.00-00.30
  • last morning (Saturday): 9.00-10.00: farewell greetings

There are three different options for your workshop participation:

  • Standard instrumental or singing class: fee: 490 Euros
  • Scott Hamilton master class: fee: 790 Euros
  • ‘Jam session only’ mode: fee: 290 Euros (participation only in the free jam sessions taking place daily after dinner!)

Booking of hotel: directly via hotel web page Hotel Apollo Terme
5 nights including full board: comfort-double-room without/with accompanying person starting from about: 550/950 Euros

Application for the workshop:

Please fill our registration form or write an email to Bernd J. Kröger ( bjkroeger AT gmail DOT com )
Please give the following information: 

  • Last name, first name
  • Street, house number, post code, name of city, name of country
  • your instrument
  • number of years of instrument training (not necessarily jazz)
  • Please choose between three options:
    • I like to be participant of a standard class 
    • I like to be participant of the Scott Hamilton master class (saxophone)
    • I like to be active participant of the jam sessions only (no participation in other workshop activities)

We will answer on your email within 2 days

Important dates:

  • Before 05.10.2022: Reservation of place for full participation; in case of Scott Hamilton master class: pay 490 Euros directly as part of the participation fee now
  • Before 05.01.2023: Reservation of place for full participation in an instrument/voice class: pay 290 Euros now as part of the workshop participation fee
  • Before 15.01.2023: Booking of place for full participation by paying the rest of the workshop fee OR booking of a place for participation in the ‘jam session only’ mode by paying 290 Euros
  • Before 15.02.2023: Room booking in Hotel Apollo via Hotel Apollo Terme homepage

Place of jurisdiction: Eupen, Belgium 

Teaching handouts (for participants only): H01 H02 H03 
Lists of songs (for participants only): W01 W02 W03 W04 W05 

Foto of Hotel Apollo Terme (therme pools):