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Performance and Placing Your Jazz Voice

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The Verdict Jazz Club

159 Edward Street





£130 (active participants)

£60 (in-person observers)

£30 (online observers)

How to register

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This relaxed, informal day-long vocal workshop at the Verdict Jazz Club in Brighton features expert coaching and feedback from award-winning jazz singer Claire Martin OBE and voice teacher Stefan Holmström MFA, Estill Master Trainer.

We will explore sounds from crooning to forward placing with twang as twelve active participants build a mini-set of two contrasting jazz standards.. 


These active participants will have the opportunity to perform their set on stage accompanied by two of the most in-demand jazz musicians on the UK jazz scene - Rob Barron on piano and Terry Pack on bass.

What you'll learn

  • How your voice works with a vocal anatomy and physiology review, particularly focusing on Estill Voice Training AES control, twang and sob quality

  • How to use Estill twang and sob qualities for vocal placement in jazz performance

  • How to work with a jazz combo

  • How to build a set that showcases you and your strengths

  • How to cope with nerves


Saturday 29 April 2023

10:00 am to 5:00 pm BST


Verdict Jazz Club, 159 Edward St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 0JB

Who it's for

Jazz singers - beginner to intermediate level. Anyone interested in learning more about the art of jazz singing.

There are three ways to take part:

  1. Online ObserversOnline observers watch presentations from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. They can try all the group exercises as they follow from the comfort of their own home. There will be an opportunity to type questions for Stefan and Claire that will be answered during a short Q&A after each presentation. Please note that due to time constraints, it may not be possible to answer all questions. To conclude, they then watch two active participants perform and receive feedback. Online participation ends at 1:00 pm.

  2. In-person Observers: Ten observers take part in the vocal anatomy and physiology review during the morning. In the afternoon, they watch and learn from the feedback that active participants receive during performance and one-to-one coaching.

  3. Active participantsLike the observers, twelve active participants also take part in the morning's themed vocal anatomy and physiology section. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to perform a mini-set featuring two songs of their choice (please tell us which songs at the time of booking). They will receive personal coaching and expert feedback on their general performance.  

Please note: the workshop and performances will be viewed by both online and in-person observers.


£130 per person for active participants

£60 per person for in-person observers

£30 per person for online observers


About the trainers

Claire Martin OBE is a critically acclaimed Brighton-based jazz singer. She has won the British Jazz Awards 8 times and is a proud recipient of the BASCA Gold Badge Award for her contribution to songwriting. Claire has released 21 CDs and is currently working on her next album project, a collaboration with the American conductor and pianist Scott Dunn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra celebrating the songs of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.


Stefan Holmström, MFA and Estill Master Trainer (EMT), is a professional opera singer and voice teacher. Following a career performing at Glyndebourne, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park and as a member of the Phantom of the Opera Company at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, Stefan offers expert vocal training and workshops to a wide range of singers and speakers from his studio in central Brighton.

About the musicians

Rob Barron is a London-based jazz pianist, arranger and composer who has been described as "one of the most creative and versatile musicians of his generation." He has played with visiting American artists Al Jarreau, Marlena Shaw (Ronnie Scott’s club residencies,) Benny Golson, Phil Woods, Grant Stewart, Sheryl Bailey and in groups led by leading UK artists Jacqui Dankworth, Stacey Kent, Claire Martin, Dave O’Higgins, Steve Fishwick, Allison Neale, Anita Wardell, Georgia Mancio and Jean Toussaint. Rob was also a member of the award winning group Kairos 4tet. He regularly appears with the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.

Terry Pack is a Sussex-based bass player. He is much in demand on the UK jazz scene with regular appearances at all major festivals and jazz clubs. His career spans more than four decades and includes spells with The Enid, Cozy Powell, Graham Bonnet, Bonnie Tyler and Steve Hackett to name but a few. Since 1999, Terry has turned his focus onto jazz and improvised music. His musical collaborations include Claire Martin, The Cloggz, Ben Castle, Bobby Wellins, Nigel Price and Martin France. His 2015 performance at the South Coast Jazz Festival was recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 3. 

About Estill Voice Training

Estill Voice Training (EVT) is a scientific, evidence-based system for vocal development. It is a life-changing approach that can help you become a stronger and more emotional performer by giving you effective tools to improve your craft. With EVT, simple everyday sounds are used to identify structures in the larynx and in the vocal tract (i.e. throat, mouth and nose). These are then trained in detail to give conscious, predictable and reliable control of your voice. 

About the venue

The Verdict is Brighton's only purpose jazz club. It has been named as one of the 10 top jazz clubs in Europe by The Guardian.

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Parking in Brighton is notorious, so be sure to have a plan in place before you set off for the workshop. You have a few options:


  • Paid parking (aka pay & display street parking) is available nearby, but it may be difficult to find a space on a Saturday morning. 

  • Public car parks are within easy walking distance of the venue.

  • Private car parks within walking distance include:

  • Park & Ride is available north of the city. If you want to avoid traffic and parking in the city centre, you can park for free at Withdean Sports Complex and buy a bus ticket into the city. The bus journey takes approximately 25-30 minutes. You can either:

    • hop on a 27 bus from Withdean Sports Complex bus stop to Sea Life Centre (Stop K) and walk 4 mins to The Verdict OR

    • walk approx 3 mins from Withdean Sports Complex to Tongdean Lane East bus stop in London Road and hop on a 5 or 5A bus. Alight at Old Steine and walk approx 5 mins to The Verdict.



Unfortunately this venue is not accessible to wheelchair users. Access to the basement workshop space is via one flight of stairs.  


Coffees, teas, pastries and snacks can be purchased from the venue's café. You can also order lunch from The Verdict. Alternatively, you can bring a packed lunch or pop out to one of the many shops or cafés nearby. 

How to register

Book online by clicking one of the links below:


Active participant (Sold Out) >

Observer (in-person) >​

Observer (online) >



If you have any questions, please contact Stefan.

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