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Jackie Greenwood - Biography

Early Days

Jackie began her involvement in jazz playing clarinet with Keith Tippett’s Seedbed Workshop Orchestra. She progressed to a BA (Hons) degree course in Music with Arts Management at Dartington College of Arts where she studied jazz alto sax & piano with Mick Green (tenor saxophonist) and Lewis Riley (pianist / composer).

Jam Sessions

Jackie got the bug for jazz jam sessions at Dartington and set up her own session at the Exeter & Devon Arts Centre whilst still a student. In more recent years she set up two sessions in Bristol at the Prom and Marlows and was a regular player at other popular sessions including the East Bristol Jazz Club at Seymours and Tantric Café. A new jam session / improvisation workshop is coming soon to the Eastville Club. Watch the Gigs page for details.


On completion of degree studies and shortly after moving to Bristol, she formed her own group, Machuki which played a wide range of local venues and events including Bath Fringe Festival’s Walcot Nation Day & Bristol’s Easton Community Festival.

Her next venture was the ‘Guapos’ combos which played numerous gigs throughout Bristol and the south west.

Following the birth of Nathanial, Jackie had a break from playing but returned to music and joined jazz group, High Jingo in 2007. The band played venues around Bath & Bristol including the Farmhouse and Robin Hood pubs.

Having joined the Sisters of Swing in 2011, Jackie is now gigging again regularly with the big band and planning to form her own small group in the new year.


Jackie began teaching during her degree studies. She joined the Blowout Sax School in 2003 and taught for a year before taking maternity leave. She rejoined Blowout in 2008 and is currently teaching saxophone and clarinet from a Bristol-based studio in the Bishopston area as well as offering home-based lessons. To book a lesson, please click here

Jackie Greenwood