Jazz Guitar Master Class Retreat with Mike Walker

'The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen.' Duke Ellington

Welcome to Andaluz Jazz Guitar Courses 2010

We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to join us for a JAZZ GUITAR MASTERCLASS RETREAT with renowned UK based performer and teacher Mike J S Walker.

Andaluz Jazz brings you 5 days of intensive study in Southern Spain. Course one, Up to Intermediate, commences 14 June 2010 and course two, Intermediate to Advanced, commences 21 June 2010. The venue for our jazz guitar course will be Las Nuevas, a tastefully renovated 200 year old finca in the Andalucian hills of Malaga Province. Despite being only 40 minutes by car from Malaga International Airport, it is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Costas. The solitude and tranquility of Las Nuevas, with its stunning views of the mountains of the Sierra de Las Nievas, provides the perfect environment and setting in which to learn, relax, absorb and be inspired.

We have places for 10 students on each course.


Formerly a teaching fellow at LIPA (Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts), Mike is able to draw on 25 years' experience of performance, teaching, recording and tutoring students in improvisation for all instruments in workshop, masterclass and ensemble environments. With his communicative style and approach it's hardly surprising to find glowing accolades written by journalists, students and fellow musicians alike.

What follows are examples of how highly this world class musician is regarded:

"Mike is a very inspirational tutor as well as being a phenomenal jazz guitarist. He's played with many of the greats such as Dave Holland (ex Miles Davis). Currently teaches from home as well as being a tutor at LIPA (Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts)." By AdrianStevenson 14 Jun 2007

"This is a truly unique solo guitar tune, exploring the outer limits of usual harmonic conventions. Reportedly an improvised tune, it shows the level of polyphonic hearing that Mike Walker can reach, a gem by one of my heroes."

Re Mike Walker: Quietly Peeping Around Corners
Mike Walker - publicity photo"Phil will be joined on the tour by world class musicians guitarist Mike Walker, Thomas Strønen on Drums and Steve Watts on Acoustic Bass. One of Britain's most exciting musicians, guitarist Mike Walker plays regularly with big names like George Russell, Mike Gibbs and Julian Arguelles. Phil Bancroft was kick ass - best jazz set I`ve seen in ages! but I must say...Mike Walker on guitar stole the show! he's a god!"

Re: Phil Bancroft Quartet RAD JAZZ GUITAR

"Jazz guitar legend Mike Walker spent 2 years penning his Jazz album, and put together a super group to record the first 5 tracks here. Joined by Mikey Wilson (Texas) on drums, Silvan Richardson (Simply Red, Ian Brown) on Bass, Ian Dixon (Sting) on Sax, and John Ellis (The Cinematic orchestra) on Hammond."
Strumming on the terrace"Bratoëff's brittle phrasing and rhythmic energy put him up there with leading UK guitarists such as Mike Outram, Phil Robson and Mike Walker."

The Guardian

"I still study with Mike Walker who is regarded by many to be the most important and influential jazz guitarist in Europe."

David James Speakman, BA (hons)

"What elevates it a notch higher is the playing of guitarist Mike Walker, voted best musician at the Glasgow Jazz Festival in 1995. His touch and originality shine out in an already impressive group, playing the pianist's evocative compositions."

Kenny Mathieson Scotsman

Stephen Plews | composer/musician
Please visit Mike's website to find out more about his professional credentials. www.mike-walker.co.uk. You can also visit him at www.myspace.com/mikejswalker. On a more personal level, having known Mike for over 20 years, words such as passionate, dedicated, knowledgeable, humorous, well informed and respected all spring to mind. Simply put, along with being a highly experienced musician, Mike certainly has all the qualities required to inspire and spur students on to a greater level of understanding and expression.


Our two courses this year allow for students wanting introductory studies to advanced instruction in jazz guitar. Our objective is for you to leave here with focus, understanding and consolidation in the sometimes confusing but always intriguing language of jazz.

Week One will be suitable for the "new to jazz" student up to the somewhat hard to qualify term, intermediate level player. Our aim for this week will be to provide a learning platform for you to take away a solid grounding in and fundamental understanding of jazz expression. Week two is for the already versed and competent player ready for further challenge and inspiration.

We ask you to carefully read through the different course syllabi in order that you will be able to make the most appropriate choice. But if you are in any doubt about your selection, please contact us without hesitation. We are here to help and advise you via telephone or email.


The cost of the course is €875 which includes tuition and full board single accommodation for six nights. All course materials, literature and equipment (aside from your own guitar) will also be provided along with an appraisal of and advice on your instrument onsite during the course downtime from a working guitar technician with 20 years experience of repair and set up.

Free WiFi Accommodation is provided at Las Nuevas in rural Andalucia in Southern Spain. Free WiFi is available.
For more information see our Accommodation page .
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