“Andrew is a pleasure to work with and knows how to organize a smooth and successful workshop event. I look forward to doing more together in the future” – Bob Reynolds
“Andy put on a first class weekend workshop and masterclass that I had the pleasure of being part of. Everything was well organized and planned out so we could all focus on the task at hand without distraction. Looking forward to the next one!” – Jay Metcalf (Better Sax)
“I was very pleased to be a vendor and presenter at the AB workshop weekend featuring Jay Metcalf of Better Sax. I enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm of the attendees very much. Andrew provided a first class experience for attendees and vendors alike. I plan to be involved in the future.” – Jody Espina – President JodyJazz/Chedeville/E. Rousseau
“AB Workshops are very well organised, friendly and professionally run. It has been a pleasure working for them & I look forward to more future events.” – Dave O’Higgins
“Andy organised a really super event at the Jay Metcalf Workshop. I really enjoyed the whole Sax Village vibe – other than the workshops themselves there was a repair technician on hand, expert mouthpiece makers, ground-breaking new products from D’Addario and I was happy to represent Sax.co.uk and a small selection of our products. All topped-off with some very delicious food!” – Jim Cheek, sax.co.uk
“AB workshops are always well organised and professional. They are a great weekend for all that attend and it is a pleasure working with them!” – Lucy at D’Addario Woodwinds
“AB Workshops are the best! Andrew puts so much effort and passion in organizing them. Everyone feels so welcome and everything, the venue, the speakers, the food, etc. is top quality” – Pauline Eveno – Présidente SYOS
“I have always had a huge amount of fun facilitating for AB Workshops. The overall programmes are brilliantly thought out and very professionally organised. It’s Andy, working tirelessly in the background, who makes everything run like clockwork!” – Mike Hall
“Drawing on years of experience Andrew Blee launches AB Workshops and I’m delighted to recommend them to you! I’ll be directing an AB Workshop weekend in Manchester in February 2023, come and join us saxophonists, and check out all the other amazing courses on the AB Workshops website!” – Andy Scott
” I’ve been involved in many workshops with Andrew Blee, and AB Workshops. Always superbly organised and full of the kind of people that really want to learn and enjoy. It is always been a pleasure working with AB Workshops.” – Derek Nash
“I delivered many workshops for Andy over the last few years and it’s always been a fantastic experience. Great facilities, lovely participants and a really great environment to make music together. I highly recommend AB Workshops.” – Dan Mar-Molinero, Saxophonist/Composer and Head of Jazz & Pop at The University of Southampton
Welcome to AB Workshops
Looking for a quality music workshop? You’ve found it! We provide world class music workshops around the UK, including Bournemouth and Manchester, focusing on providing a great customer experience. Supportive, fun, educational, and using only the best tutors available from the UK, Europe and the USA. Below outlines our current music workshops; from classical to jazz, big band to solo performances, a diverse selection for you to choose from.
LATEST NEWS – Attend any of our workshops between 1st November 2022 and 31st May 2023 and you will be automatically entered into the draw to win a beautiful Bam Case. Depending on your instrument, choose from the Softpack, Cabine, or Trekking* ranges or Classic and Crew ranges for guitar. Attending more than one workshop? Each booking gives you a separate entry in the draw. Note: Trekking range excludes: Carbon finish, La Defense, Etolie and Panther finishes.
18th / 19th February 2023 – Andy is a multi-nominated and British Composer Award winner, a founder member of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet (est.1985), Tutor of Saxophone & Visiting Tutor of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music.
25th / 26th February 2023 – AB Workshops has organised a personalised residential saxophone retreat for a wonderful saxophone group with an amazing course leader. If you’re interested in having such a retreat for your group, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
18th / 19th March 2023 – Tony is an award winning British Jazz multi instrumentalist. Having ‘cut his teeth’ in the “Jazz Warriors” of the early 90’s, award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi has gone on to establish himself as a musician, teacher and composer of some authority.
April 1st / 2nd 2023 – We are pleased to welcome Dan Mar-Molinero to host a Latin Big Band Workshop. Dan has appeared at numerous high profile venues and festivals with his own groups and alongside numerous leading jazz and pop performers including Julian Joseph and Billy Cobham.
April 22nd 2023 – Yolanda was awarded an MBE for her services to music in 2020 and she has spent her career performing live with Hans Zimmer, Squeeze, Robbie Williams, and Paul Weller, as well as recording with BB King, Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, and Queen, to name a few.
May 13th / 14th 2023 – Internationally acclaimed saxophonist and jazz educator, and president of JodyJazz Mouthpieces, Jody is a highly sought-after clinician, regularly performing saxophone master classes and workshops around the world. Looking forward to this one!
27th / 28th May 2023 – Nigel will be running a two day guitar workshop, a wonderful opportunity for guitar players to work with one of the UK’s top jazz guitarists. Nigel is one of the most highly regarded and in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene today.
12th / 13th August 2023 – A fantastic opportunity for sax players to work with Derek Nash, sax man extraordinaire. One of the UK’s top saxophonists, leader of the award-winning Sax Appeal and featured member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
28th / 29th October 2023 – As a finalist in the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020, winner of the Rising Star category in the 2019 British Jazz Awards, Alex is known to be one of the most in-demand and versatile young saxophonists to have emerged on the British jazz scene.
18th / 19th November 2023 – Amy Dickson has been acknowledged by BBC Music Magazine as one of the world’s six best classical saxophonists ever. A workshop with some differences to the usual format for advanced players. More details soon, register your interest here.
3rd / 4th February 2024 – We have one of the UK’s most in demand rock, soul and jazz saxophonists for a two day workshop. We welcome Snake Davis to AB Workshops. Soloist over music such as Klingande “Jubel” and Take That “A Million Love Songs”.