🎷 Snake Davis Saxophone Weekend 🎷🎷 3rd - 4th February 2024 🎷

St Leonards Hotel, Ringwood, BH24 2NR

🎷 Snake Davis Saxophone Weekend 🎷🎷 3rd - 4th February 2024 🎷

St Leonards Hotel, Ringwood, BH24 2NR

Snake Davis Saxophone Workshop – Sax man Snake Davis is coming to AB Workshops on 3rd / 4th February 2024. Snake will be running a two day saxophone workshop, a fantastic opportunity for sax players to work with one of the UK’s top saxophonists.

Playing level: As a guide, you’ll need an instrumental ability of Grade 3 standard or above.

Snake endorses D’Addario and Yanagisawa.

Snake Davis Saxophone Workshop

Snake Davis is one of the most in-demand rock soul and jazz sax players in the world, widely known for his solos on tracks such as Lisa Stansfield’s “Change”, M-Peoples “Search For A Hero” and “Moving On Up” and Take Thats “A Million Love Songs”. He has played and recorded with artists ranging from James Brown to Tina Turner to Paul McCartney, The Eurythmics to Amy Winehouse.  Recent hits include “Jubel” by Klingande, and “Changes” by Faul, No.1 in 8 countries across Europe.  He was on the last Eurythmics world tour, and tours Japan often with their rock hero Eikichi Yazawa.

Snake Davis Saxophone Workshop – Sax man Snake Davis is coming to AB Workshops on 3rd / 4th February 2024. Snake will be running a two day saxophone workshop, a fantastic opportunity for sax players to work with one of the UK’s top saxophonists.

Snake Davis is one of the most in-demand rock soul and jazz sax players in the world, widely known for his solos on tracks such as Lisa Stansfield’s “Change”, M-Peoples “Search For A Hero” and “Moving On Up” and Take Thats “A Million Love Songs”. He has played and recorded with artists ranging from James Brown to Tina Turner to Paul McCartney, The Eurythmics to Amy Winehouse.  Recent hits include “Jubel” by Klingande, and “Changes” by Faul, No.1 in 8 countries across Europe.  He was on the last Eurythmics world tour, and tours Japan often with their rock hero Eikichi Yazawa.

Playing level: As a guide, you’ll need an instrumental ability of Grade 3 standard or above. Snake endorses D’Addario and Yanagisawa.

Snake Davis Saxophone Workshop

Snake will be covering the following subjects in the two days:

  • Breathing and posture
  • Tone development
  • Expressive playing. Stylistic techniques. Spicing up the notes (Embellishments, effects)
  • Vibrato
  • The art of playing ballads, slow tunes
  • Improvisation/solo-ing
  • Jamming to EDM/Dance Music (ie Jubel)
  • Maximising your practice time
  • Ensemble Playing
  • Breathing and posture
  • Tone development
  • Expressive playing. Stylistic techniques. Spicing up the notes (Embellishments, effects)
  • Vibrato
  • The art of playing ballads, slow tunes
  • Improvisation/solo-ing
  • Jamming to EDM/Dance Music (ie Jubel)
  • Maximising your practice time
  • Ensemble Playing

Snake Davis is one of the music world’s best kept secrets. He is a saxophonist of almost unparalleled gifts who has played with the best in the business through a career spanning three decades.

It wasn’t until he reached the age of 20 that Snake picked up his first saxophone. He enrolled on the diploma course in jazz and light music at Leeds College of Music funded by busking and gig money. It was here that he met and made many of his life long friends and gained the great experience of disciplined ensemble playing. The much loved “Snake Davis and his Alligator Shoes”, the nine piece soul band were formed, playing 60’s soul music with the sax taking the vocal parts.

After college, Snake spent several years travelling, playing on cruise boats briefly setting up home in Brooklyn getting tuition from hot players and visiting some of the best jazz clubs in America.

Back in England, he joined the soul revue band “Zoot and the Roots” started his long career as a session musician and first met Lisa Stansfield. The rest, as they say, is history.

Snake Davis Saxophone Workshop

Snake Davis is one of the music world’s best kept secrets. He is a saxophonist of almost unparalleled gifts who has played with the best in the business through a career spanning three decades.

It wasn’t until he reached the age of 20 that Snake picked up his first saxophone. He enrolled on the diploma course in jazz and light music at Leeds College of Music funded by busking and gig money. It was here that he met and made many of his life long friends and gained the great experience of disciplined ensemble playing. The much loved “Snake Davis and his Alligator Shoes”, the nine piece soul band were formed, playing 60’s soul music with the sax taking the vocal parts.

Snake Davis Saxophone Workshop

After college, Snake spent several years travelling, playing on cruise boats briefly setting up home in Brooklyn getting tuition from hot players and visiting some of the best jazz clubs in America.

Back in England, he joined the soul revue band “Zoot and the Roots” started his long career as a session musician and first met Lisa Stansfield. The rest, as they say, is history.

To date, Snake Davis has recorded on more than 400 tracks for over 60 artists and the list keeps growing.  That’s not even counting all of the live performances! These are some of his career highlights to date:-
  • Sax Solo on cult television show “The Tube”
  • World Tour with Lisa Stansfield
  • “Tonight with Jonathon Ross”
  • 1993 The start of his long association with M-People
  • Plays himself as band leader in “The Paradise Club” ITV series
  • Presents a Masterclass on Tyne tees, Granada and Yorkshire TV
  • World “Peace” tour with The Eurythmics
  • Saxophonist on Paul Hardcastle JazzMasters Series
  • First Solo album commercially available released – Snakebites
  • First of many tours with Japanese rock star Eikichi Yazawa
  • Digital single “Human Nature” record of the week on JazzFM
  • Human Nature No.1 on smooth jazz single charts with CDBaby
  • World Premiere of SnakeStrings
  • Appearance on BBC1 “The One Show” with Chris Evans, Alex Jones and Gary Barlow – feature on The Solo’s The Star for his sax on “A Million Love Songs”
  • Two of his students were BBC Young Musician of the Year finalists in 2014 and Jess Gillam was runner up in 2016
  • Klingande and Faul & Ad Wad used his sax riffs on three European chart hits, reaching number 1 in the dance charts in the summer of 2014
  • Snake’s performances were included as part of the City of Culture celebration in Hull in 2017
  • In March 2020 the Covid-19 lockdown saw the start of Snake as an internet livestream artist with 3 shows and a sax workshop each week throughout the period

Snake plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone Saxes, Shakuhachi, Flutes, Whistles and Vocals. He also composes and works as an educator, examiner and music director

Snake Davis Saxophone

Snake also has the Snakademy – A revolutionary new way to study sax.

An online sax course for every player, beginners through to professionals.

An ongoing constantly building series of tutorials, lessons, tips, and opportunities for us to practice and play together.

A revolutionary new approach with an emphasis on our bodies, our air, and how we can sound more beautiful, more expressive and more passionate.

https://snakedavis.com/about

Specifics About The Weekend
  • Based at St Leonards Hotel in beautiful Dorset, with excellent facilities
  • Two full days of tutor lead sessions, four sessions per day
  • Suitable for the following instruments: Saxophone
  • Workshop runs from 10am – 5pm each day, with two 30 minute breaks and a 1.5 hour lunch break
  • Includes a Hot lunch (including requirements such as vegetarian, gluten intolerance etc)
  • Refreshments; Tea, coffee (including freshly made filter coffee), juices, a variety of biscuits, fresh pastries
  • Prices range from £125-£150 for two days
  • FREE parking
  • On-site accommodation (subject to availability). Not included in the price, please book direct with the hotel
  • Safe, simple, secure. We have now set it up for you to be able to book easier than ever before, simply BOOK ONLINE
  • Deposit scheme now available, pay £50 to reserve a space on a future workshop and pay the balance 3 months before workshop date

Alternatively if you have any questions on the suitability of this course for you we will be happy to help. Contact us at hello@abworkshops.com or by calling 07711 998058 and we will be happy to discuss your needs further.

Participant Information

As an approximate guideline; be able to play around Grade 3 standard. Please note, this does not mean you need Grade 3 qualification, it means your current playing level should be of this standard or better.

Regardless of your current level, we here at AB Workshops are committed to providing tuition and support at a pace that allows you to absorb salient points while good progress and motivation is maintained.

What do we mean by “grades” as a measuring tool? We use the ABRSM/Trinity “classical” syllabus, but in most respects this applies to the Jazz grades as well. If you haven’t taken any grades then please contact us to discuss suitability.
Saxophone.
You will need to bring your own instrument, instrument stand, and music stand.
Price for this two day workshop ranges from £125-£150 depending on if you include the lunch option when booking.
Refreshments; Tea, coffee (including freshly made filter coffee), juices, a variety of biscuits, fresh pastries.

A hot lunch is included if you choose that option when making the booking (including requirements such as vegetarian, gluten intolerance etc).
Times for the workshop are as follows:

Arrive: 9.30am onwards
Session one: 10am – 11.15am
Morning break: 11.15am – 11.45am
Session two: 11.45am – 1pm
Lunch: 1pm – 2.30pm
Session three: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Afternoon break: 3.30pm – 4pm
Session four: 4pm – 5pm
Participants of all ages are welcome. Please note: Participants under 18 will need to provide parent/ guardian contact details.

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