Nashville's community center for jazz, with classes, public performances, and special events. The Nashville Jazz Workshop is a non-profit organization supporting jazz musicians, jazz fans, and the jazz community.

Happenings

Tickets are now on sale for the Friday, April 7 Snap on 2&4 w/ Don Aliquo and for the Saturday, April 8 appearance of The Beegie Adair Trio.

Classes for the next session were announced in Monday's newsletter -- please check your inbox! The class list will be posted on the website shortly. 

Speaking of classes, wer're delighted to announce a new partnership to offer satellite classes at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville. Details here . . .

CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES: Tuesday, March 28 - We've been informed that there will be more closures at the Monroe Street entrance during the day. If the main gate is closed due to construction, please use the Taylor Street entrance, which will be open. 

Upcoming Classes

The Jazz Workshop has classes from introductory to advanced — for students just learning jazz, professionals wanting to "sharpen their edges," and non-musicians wanting to learn more about jazz. Instructors are Nashville's finest jazz musicians. Classes are 2 hours a night, once a week for 6 weeks. Tuition is $225 per 6-week class unless noted otherwise.

Color Key:

  • Instrumentalists
  • Vocalists
  • All Musicians and Enthusiasts

Session Dates: February 27 to April 6
Please visit our class schedule page for registration & payment information

Monday 1 pm

  • Ear Training 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    A continuation of Ear Training 1, this class will give students a better understanding of chord extensions and their inversions. It includes minimal melodic dictation.

Monday 6 pm

  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    Topic: How To Learn Tunes
    This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Course specifics will consist of special topics that depend on the instructor and the session.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    This intermediate to advanced ensemble is open to all instrumentalists. Students will cover more advanced concepts of literature, including intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping. The ensemble will perform at the end of the six-week session.
  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Rodgers and Hart - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Continuation of 12-week class
    Study and perform over 24 famous songs by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart, an American songwriting partnership that worked on 28 stage musicals and wrote over 500 songs, including "My Funny Valentine," "Where or When," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Bewitched," "It Never Entered My Mind," and "I Could Write a Book." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to the music of Rodgers and Hart. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Monday 8 pm

  • Charlie Parker Improvisation Styles
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    In this class, students will learn the tunes and solos of one of the greatest saxophone players in history, with an emphasis on transcription and technical execution of the tunes. This is a 2-part class, with part 2 focusing on performance. Part 2 students will write a bebop head in the style of Charlie Parker. The Charlie Parker Omnibook is a required text for this class and can be ordered from www.jazzbooks.com.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): James Westfall
    This intermediate to advanced ensemble is open to all instrumentalists. Students will cover more advanced concepts of literature, including intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping. The ensemble will perform at the end of the six-week session.

Tuesday 12 pm

  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Rodgers and Hart - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Continuation of 12-week class
    Study and perform over 24 famous songs by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart, an American songwriting partnership that worked on 28 stage musicals and wrote over 500 songs, including "My Funny Valentine," "Where or When," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Bewitched," "It Never Entered My Mind," and "I Could Write a Book." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to the music of Rodgers and Hart. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Tuesday 6 pm

  • Blues Improvisation
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Rod McGaha
    This class is from 7PM - 9PM.
    As an introduction to the blues for the musician, this class is a blend of patterns, ear training, analysis and technique. Students will learn various ways to improvise over standard changes and substitutions, including a look at Minor blues.
    Intermediate level required.
  • Guitar Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Mel Deal
    Study and perform standards arranged for multiple guitars by Mundell Lowe, Lloyd Wells, and others. In this class, students will learn to play in a group setting and will gain reading skills as well as experience in comping and improvisation. The ensemble will perform at the end of the six-week session.
    Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.
  • Introduction to Jazz Singing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Learn to sing jazz standards. In this class, you'll learn correct melodies to jazz standards along with groove, jazz phrasing, and tone, while getting comfortable singing with an accompanist.

Tuesday 8 pm

  • Advanced Solo Jazz Guitar
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Mel Deal
    In this class, students will learn how to combine solo jazz guitar, melody, comping, and bass lines to make music using the entire guitar.
  • Thelonious Monk Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Matt Endahl
    Study and perform some of the great compositions and style of the Thelonious Monk Ensemble. Students will explore some of Monk's most famous tunes, including "Blues March," "Moanin'," "One by One," "This is for Albert" and more.
    For trumpet, tenor, alto, trombone and rhythm section.
    Intermediate to Advanced level required.

Wednesday 6 pm

  • Introduction to Ensemble Playing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    This is a beginning ensemble open to all instrumentalists. Students will explore standard and jazz standard repertoire, focusing on the concepts of group playing, including feel, basic improvisation, blues, forms and listening.
  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Rodgers and Hart - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Continuation of 12-week class
    Study and perform over 24 famous songs by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart, an American songwriting partnership that worked on 28 stage musicals and wrote over 500 songs, including "My Funny Valentine," "Where or When," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Bewitched," "It Never Entered My Mind," and "I Could Write a Book." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to the music of Rodgers and Hart. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2
  • Voice Fundamentals
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson Schafer
    This class will help keep the student's voice in great shape with vocal exercises designed to promote ease of singing and set the natural voice free with healthy vocal skills. Students will learn the basics of vocal physiology and anatomy, expand their range, and explore conversational singing. We will unlock the secrets of voice through playful vocaleses, a bit of voice science, and a lot of fun.
    Prerequisite: All ages and levels are welcome.

Thursday 6 pm

  • Cabaret Repertoire
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    Continuation of 12-week class
    This class is for vocalists who are ready to look beyond the standard fare to discover songs that make a cabaret show truly unique. Students will work on a new song each week, exploring a variety of styles, genres, and formats, including learning tools for crafting memorable medleys and witty parodies. At the end of the session, vocalists will perform a short 4-song set.
  • Soul Song: Set Your Inner Musician Free
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson Schafer
    This class is for all musicians - singers, instrumentalists, and writers alike. The course will focus on releasing the blocks that stand in the way of feeling freedom, ease, and joy in making music, as well as building skills for more effective practice and ultimately, a more effortless experience of music making. Through group discussion, journaling, lyric writing, and mindful practicing, the class will discover how the masters approach their instruments and music. The course will utilize exercises from The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner, and The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten. A blank journal will be provided.
    The book Effortless Mastery is the required text for the class.

Thursday 8 pm

  • Brazilian Music Ensemble - a 12 week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Dann Sherrill
    Study and perform classic Brazilian songs and styles, including Samba, Bossa Nova, Frevo, Maracatu and Baiao.
    For piano, guitar, bass, drumset, percussion, tenor and vocals.
    Pre-requisite for vocalists: Jobim
    Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.
  • Improv Comedy for Musical Artists - 3-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    3-week class, tuition $115
    Want to learn to get "out of your own way"? Want to be more free with your musical exploration? This fast-paced and funny mini session will shine some light on ways to embrace spontaneity, stretch your creativity, and allow yourself to listen and respond in a more organic way. And what better way to do this than that creatively-dangerous artform: Improv Comedy. Through exercises and game that get to the root of improv skills, participants will laugh and learn at the same time, and come away a new approach to musical and creative choice-making.

SATELLITE CLASSES

At The Art Institute of Tennessee - Nashville

The Basics of Voice, w/ Liz Johnson Schafer
Saturday April 8, 15, & 22 (3 week session)

Beginning Jazz Improvisation, w/ James Westfall
Saturday May 6, 13, & 20 (3 week session)

Introduction to Jazz Singing, w/ Liz Johnson Schafer
Saturday, May 6, 13, & 20 (3 week session)

These courses are offered through our partnership with The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville www.getcreative.artinstitutes.edu/tennessee