JMI Summer Jazz Clinics

Jazz Music Institute's (JMI) renowned Summer Jazz Clinics will run in January 2022 for all ages and abilities!

About the Clinics

These clinics have been running since the late 1970s and have been instrumental in the development of many of Australia’s finest jazz musicians.  The clinics are a 4-day short course in jazz performance delivered by JMI’s esteemed faculty.

Ideal for anyone looking to either start learning how to play jazz, or build upon the knowledge they already have, these clinics are delivered in a fun and relaxed environment conducive to learning and growth.  These are perfect for musicians of all ages and abilities, from young musicians looking for extra musical development, to mature age musicians looking to spark their passion for jazz.

To register for the clinics, complete the online registration form.


Dan Quigley – brass
Josh Hatcher – woodwind
Paula Girvan – piano
Travis Jenkins – guitar
Andrew Shaw – bass
David Sanders – drums
Sharny Russell – vocals

Key areas of focus

The clinics will focus on the following three areas that are central to jazz combo playing:

  • Theory and Harmony
  • Small Ensemble Performance
  • Improvisation Techniques

There will also be sessions in the clinics for instrument-specific masterclasses to work on developing technique specific to your instrument.

The final day of the clinic will include a performance at Jazz Music Institute’s very own live jazz venue JMI LIVE, and family and friends are invited to attend. The Jazz Clinic will be delivered by our experienced jazz faculty staff and will be held at our campus at 47 Brookes St, Bowen Hills.


This event will be COVID-Safe following social distancing protocols set by the Queensland Government.

Interstate travellers are welcome to participate in the clinics, subject to current border restrictions. If participants are unable to attend the clinics due to COVID-19 quarantining protocols, they will be provided with a full refund of the registration fees.

In the event that a participant needs to self-isolate due to experiencing flu-like symptoms, undertaking a COVID-19 test or general illness, a full refund of registration fees will be provided upon receipt of a medical certificate.

How to register

You can register for the 2022 JMI Summer Jazz Clinics by completing the online registration form.


The 4-day jazz clinic costs
$550 incl GST

Dates & Venues

10th to 13th January 2022
at Jazz Music Institute
47 Brookes St, Bowen Hills, Qld

Abilities & Ages

All abilities and ages are encouraged to register for the Summer Jazz Clinics. On the first day the faculty will split attendees into small groups of similar abilities and/or ages to ensure everyone can get the most out of the clinics.






Session One
10am – 11:30am
Session One
10am – 11:30am
Session One
10am – 11:30am
Session One
10am – 11:30am
Introduction Theory/Improvisation Jazz Combo Jazz Combo
Session Two
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Session Two
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Session Two
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Session Two
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Theory/Improvisation Masterclass Masterclass Jazz Combo
Session Three
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Session Three
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Session Three
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Session Three
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Jazz Combo Jazz Combo Jazz Combo Final Concert
3:30 – 4:00pm 3:30 – 4:00pm 3:30 – 4:00pm  
Staff Concert Staff Concert Staff Concert  

History of the Summer Jazz Clinics

1979 Summer Clinics faculty with David Baker & Dave Liebman in the front

The Summer Jazz Clinics were started by JMI’s founder and owner, Greg Quigley, who was an aspiring trumpeter intent on learning how to play jazz.  In 1976, the Henry Mancini Orchestra toured Australia, led by the famous American jazz trumpeter Don Rader. Greg invited Don to join him in Sydney for a series of workshops that he was planning to organise.  Much to Greg’s surprise, Don accepted the offer and the clinics were a great success. This was the beginning of a long journey in producing jazz education programs throughout Australia.

Following the success of the workshops with Don Rader, Greg travelled to the United States to get right to the source of the music.  During this trip, Greg came into contact with Jamey Aebersold, a saxophonist who had developed a series of play-a-longs and was at the forefront of jazz education.

Upon returning to Australia, Greg decided he wanted to bring Jamey out to Australia to run a series of workshops in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide around Easter 1978.  The workshops were hugely successful and the idea of the “Summer Jazz Clinics” was born.

In 1979, Jamey returned with 13 other jazz musicians to run summer jazz clinics and perform concerts across Australia.  Greg continued to produce these clinics with some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time over a four-year period.  Musicians to travel to Australia as part of these clinics included Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, John Scofield, Randy Brecker, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Turre, Rufus Reid, Bobby Shew, Dave Liebman, Terumasa Hino, David Baker and many more.

These clinics changed the landscape of the Australian jazz scene and had a significant impact on many young Australian jazz musicians at the time, such as Vince Jones, Sandy Evans, Craig Scott, Dale Barlow and Dave Panichi to name a few.