Essex Jazz - jazz teachers

Specialist jazz teachers in and around Essex

It is vital if you want to learn to play jazz to get a teacher who is a specialist, rather than just somebody who can teach you to play a few "jazzy" pieces. The following is a list of teachers who both play and teach jazz:


Neale Ridding (01708 731068)
Piano, saxophone, flute, music theory
Based in Romford

Neale started playing at 8 years of age on flute. He then started studying saxophones at the age of 11, and went on to study piano at 13. At this time he joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO). In 1975 Neale appeared in the film “Bugsy Malone”. Since leaving school he has been a professional musician: playing on cruise ships, including the QE2 and Canberra; shows and pantomimes with Marti Caine and Des O’Connor amongst others; radio broadcasts for the BBC; accompanying cabaret artistes such as Bertice Reading and Linda Nolan; and playing with jazz artists including Alan Barnes, Don Rendell, Roy Williams, Janusz Carmello and Pete Jacobson. Neale is regarded as one of the finest jazz flautists around, as well as being a great jazz pianist and saxophonist.


Chris Neill (07970 910080)
Piano, saxophone, clarinet, bass guitar, jazz theory
Based near Epping, Essex

Chris's specialism is teaching jazz to students who have already learned the basics of their instruments, but all ages and levels are welcome - he is happy to teach complete beginners, and also teaches the conventional grade syllabuses as well as jazz.

Chris teaches in Theydon Bois, and currently has some slots available on Thursday evenings and Sundays.

For more information please call or text Keith on 07970 910080, email Chris, or check out his website.


Mike Eaves (020 8508 5539)
Based in Loughton

Mike has been teaching guitar successfully for twenty-four years, both privately and in music workshops - tutoring students of all ages and levels, from complete beginners to professional. His vast experience of live and studio work enables him to offer students a comprehensive understanding of playing and performance and he covers all styles including Rock, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Classical; together with improvisation and music theory.

Lessons are provided at Mike’s home in Loughton where he has a fully equipped professional teaching studio.


John Seeley
Saxophone and Clarinet
Basildon, Essex

A regular in bands all over the South East, John has an MA and a BA in music. Specialist in jazz, but all levels and styles taught

07510 208939


David Price teaches plectrum banjo - jazz, solo, & rhythm, from his new venue in Blackmore, Essex. He has 40 years' experience playing jazz in just about every situation: jazz club, private & corporate, TV & Radio. He has made thorough a study of the banjo and all its elements but specialising in jazz improvisation and rhythm. David also teaches a range of jazz appreciation courses.

David Viscount Price A.L.C.M.
Exchange House

Tel: 01277 824 616 or 07885 423 393


Gary Hamilton is a saxophone tutor and jazz educator. He has been playing sax since 1982 and for the last six years he has been studying jazz harmony and theory. He teaches privately and at the Allegro Music Academy in Westcliff-on-sea. Full details can be found on his website


Simon Hurley is a guitar player and teacher based just outside of Colchester who specialises in Jazz (particularly standards and Bebop). "I have over 19 years of playing experience, have a First Class Honours degree in music and play regularly in the Essex area. I have been lucky enough to have played with some wonderful players in the area such as Mick Hutton (Bass), Mike Harris (Bass), Roger Odell (Drums), Bern Hodgekins (Bass), Kevin Flanagan (Sax), Chris Ingham (Piano) etc and was lucky enough to support Martin Taylor last year". Contact


Graham Hunter is an experienced professional trumpeter and singer, who teaches various musical instruments, with the emphasis on FUN ! As a brass specialist, he can give tuition to complete beginners right up to advanced level for the whole valved brass family from trumpet to tuba.

He has a dedicated teaching studio at his home (near Southend) or can visit pupils’ homes in the surrounding areas. In addition he teaches at Alleyn Court Preparatory School, which is the oldest private school in South-East Essex and a local grammar school. He is registered as a teacher with the Musicians Union, has PTLLS level 4 teaching qualification and holds a current CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) enhanced disclosure certificate. With experience in teaching both children and adults, he tailors lessons to the needs of the individual, utilising bespoke training materials and jazz backing tracks. Pupils will normally learn how to read music, some theory, and how to improvise.

Additionally, beginner lessons are available for drum kit, piano, nylon-strung guitar, bass-guitar and singing.

Contact details:-
Graham Hunter
41 Weir Pond Road, Roichford, Essex, SS41AH
01702 540010 or 07724 088 511


Graham Culham - drum tuition:

“I have given private drum kit tuition for the past twenty five years and I am a full time Peripatetic Drum Tutor for Southend Music Services at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council teaching in various Junior and Secondary Schools in the Essex area”.

CT ABRSM / CRB Checked / Public Liability Insurance / Musicians Union Teacher Registered

A weekly or fortnightly one hour lesson on a one to one basis.
Covering all musical styles from the basics to advanced including rudiments and soloing.
Playing along with backing tracks.
Trinity/Guildhall drum kit grades.
Specialist lessons.

I also teach Improvisation on drum kit at my Studio in Chelmsford, Essex. I have a jazz drumming tutor being released shortly and it will also be available in part as a download on my website.

Beginners to advanced of all ages are welcome.

My website address is:, phone (07795) 518882














Jazz music teachers, if you want to learn to play jazz and to improvise with a jazz music teacher then please contact one of the jazz teachers on the list. It is important to learn to play jazz and improvisation with a proper jazz teacher, and these are all experienced jazz musicians as well as teaching jazz and improvisation. Jazz tuition and improvisation training..

* SS0 - Prittlewell, Westcliff-on-Sea
* SS1 - Southchurch, Southend-on-Sea, Thorpe Bay
* SS2
* SS3 - Barling, Churchend, Courtsend, Great Wakering, Little Wakering, North Shoebury, Shoeburyness
* SS4 - Ashingdon, Ballards Gore, Canewdon, Great Stambridge, Paglesham Churchend, Paglesham Eastend, Rochford, South Fambridge
* SS5 - Hawkwell, Hockley, Hullbridge
* SS6 - Rayleigh, Weir
* SS7 - Daws Heath, Hadleigh, Hope's Green, South Benfleet, Thundersley
* SS8 - Canvey Island, Leigh Beck
* SS9 - Eastwood, Leigh-on-Sea
* SS11 - Battlesbridge, Rawreth, Runwell, Shotgate
* SS12 - Nevendon, North Benfleet, Wickford
* SS13 - Bowers Gifford, Pitsea
* SS14 - Basildon
* SS15 - Laindon
* SS16 - Dry Street, Langdon Hills, Vange, Westley Heights
* SS17 - Corringham, Coryton, Fobbing, Horndon on the Hill, Linford, Mucking, Stanford-le-Hope, Thames Haven* CM0 - Asheldham, Bradwell Waterside, Bradwell-on-Sea, Burnham-on-Crouch, Deal Hall, Dengie, Monsale, Ostend, Ramsey Island, Southminster, St Lawrence, Steeple, Stoneyhills, Tillingham

* CM1 - Broomfield, Chelmsford, Chignall Smealy, Chignall St James, Cooksmill Green, Edney Common, Good Easter, Great Oxney Green, High Easter, Loves Green, Mashbury, Roxwell, Stagden Cross, Writtle
* CM2 - Galleyend, Galleywood, Great Baddow, Howe Green, Moulsham, Sandon, West Hanningfield, Widford
* CM3 - Althorne, Bicknacre, Boreham, Cock Clarks, Cold Norton, Crix, Danbury, East Hanningfield, Fairstead, Ford End, Fuller Street, Gamble's Green, Great Canney, Great Leighs, Great Waltham, Hatfield Peverel, Hazeleigh, Howe Street, Latchingdon, Little Baddow, Little Leighs, Little Waltham, Littley Green, Mayland, Maylandsea, Nounsley, Pleshey, Purleigh, Rank's Green, Rettendon, Rettendon Place, Rudley Green, Runsell Green, South Hanningfield, South Woodham Ferrers, Stow Maries, Terling, Willows Green, Woodham Ferrers, Young's End
* CM4 - Blackmore, Fryerning, Heybridge, Ingatestone, Margaretting, Mill Green, Nine Ashes, Norton Heath, Stock
* CM5 - Abbess Roding, Beauchamp Roding, Berners Roding, Bobbingworth, Chipping Ongar, Clatterford End, Fyfield, Greensted, High Laver, High Ongar, Little End, Little Laver, Magdalen Laver, Moreton, Norton Mandeville, Pickerells, Shelley, Shellow Bowells, Stanford Rivers, Toot Hill, Willingale
* CM6 - Aythorpe Roding, Bacon End, Bannister Green, Bardfield End Green, Barnston, Bishop's Green, Bran End, Broadgroves, Broxted, Butcher's Pasture, Causeway End, Chickney, Churchend, Cobler's Green, Duck End, Duton Hill, Felsted, Great Canfield, Great Dunmow, Great Easton, Hartford End, High Roding, Hounslow Green, Keeres Green, Leaden Roding, Lindsell, Little Dunmow, Little Easton, Margaret Roding, Mill End Green, Molehill Green, Monk Street, North End, Stebbing, Stebbing Green, Thaxted, Throws, White Roding
* CM7 - Bardfield Saling, Beazley End, Black Notley, Blackmore End, Bocking, Bocking Churchstreet, Bradwell, Braintree, Church End, Cornish Hall End, Cressing, Finchingfield, Great Bardfield, Great Saling, High Garrett, Howe Street, Jasper's Green, Little Bardfield, Oxen End, Panfield, Pattiswick, Rayne, Shalford, Shalford Green, Stisted, Tye Green, Wethersfield
* CM8 - Chipping Hill, Faulkbourne, Great Braxted, Little Braxted, Rivenhall, Rivenhall End, Silver End, White Notley, Wickham Bishops, Witham
* CM9 - Broad Street Green, Goldhanger, Great Totham, Heybridge, Heybridge Basin, Langford, Little Totham, Maldon, Mundon, Salcott, Tollesbury, Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Tolleshunt Knights, Tolleshunt Major, Ulting, Virley, Woodham Mortimer, Woodham Walter
* CM11 - Billericay, Crays Hill, Downham, Great Burstead, Ramsden Bellhouse, Ramsden Heath, South Green
* CM12 - Little Burstead, Tye Common
* CM13 - Childerditch, Dunton Wayletts, East Horndon, Great Warley, Herongate, Hutton, Ingrave, Little Warley, West Horndon
* CM14 - Brentwood, Brook Street, Coxtie Green, Navestock Side, South Weald
* CM15 - Doddinghurst, Kelvedon Hatch, Mountnessing, Pilgrims Hatch, Shenfield, Stondon Massey
* CM16 - Coopersale Common, Epping, Epping Green, Epping Upland, Fiddlers Hamlet, North Weald Bassett, Theydon Bois, Thornwood Common, Tylers Green
* CM17 - Church Langley, Churchgate Street, Foster Street, Harlow, Hastingwood, Matching, Matching Green, Matching Tye, Potter Street, Threshers Bush
* CM19 - Great Parndon, Roydon, Roydon Hamlet
* CM20 - Eastwick, Gilston Park, Little Parndon
* CM21 - Allen's Green, High Wych, Sawbridgeworth
* CM22 - Bamber's Green, Elsenham, Great Hallingbury, Hatfield Broad Oak, Hatfield Heath, Henham, Hope End Green, Little Hallingbury, Sheering, Smith's Green, Takeley, Takeley Street, Ugley, Ugley Green
* CM23 - Berden, Birchanger, Bishop's Stortford, Farnham, Farnham Green, Hazel End, Manuden, Spellbrook, Thorley, Thorley Street
* CM24 - Stansted Mountfitchet