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

ON SALE NOW:

The Beegie Adair Trio, Saturday, May 19

The Music of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Sunday, May 20

Thanks to everyone who donated on Wednesday, May 2 in The Big Payback! You raised over $10,000 to support the Nashville Jazz Workshop's jazz education and performance.

 

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 $250 per 6-week class unless noted otherwise.

Color Key:

  • Instrumentalists
  • Vocalists
  • All Musicians and Enthusiasts

Session Dates: June 11 - June 28
Please visit our class schedule page for registration & payment information

Monday 6 pm

  • Advanced Vocal Literature: Vocal Stylings of Sarah Vaughan
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Sandra Dudley
    3 week class
    Study and practice communicating a lyric with songs recorded by Sarah Vaughan, a master of various style techniques. Exploring songs like "Summertime," "It Might As Well Be Spring," "Key Largo," "Tenderly," and "Come Rain or Come Shine," you will learn how to manipulate tone and vowel formation for color, build your range, explore melodic improvisation, and work on straight tone/vibrato. At the end of the 6 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Five composer literature classes, Chart Writing and Vocal Improvisation
  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    How To Learn Tunes - 3 week class
    This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Special topics will depend on the instructor and session.
  • The Voice Lab
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Margaret Rose
    3 week class
    Focusing on natural voice and conversational phrasing, students will learn from diagnostic techniques to evaluate performance and correct common vocal and performance problems. Voice Lab can be repeated or used as a review.

Monday 8 pm

  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Matt Endahl
    3 week class
    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.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    3 week class
    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 Great Unknown Composers
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    3 week class
    Explore great tunes of less well-known composers that belong on everyone's set list, such as "Make Someone Happy," "Alone Together," "It Amazes Me," "You And the Night And the Music," and "I Should Care." At the end of the six weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Tuesday 12 pm

  • Vocal Literature: The Great Unknown Composers
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    3 week class
    Explore great tunes of less well-known composers that belong on everyone's set list, such as "Make Someone Happy," "Alone Together," "It Amazes Me," "You And the Night And the Music," and "I Should Care." At the end of the six weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Tuesday 2 pm

  • Keyboard Basics
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    3 week class
    In this class, students study the keyboard, learning note names, intervals, chord structures, and musical notation in an easy to understand format. Students will learn a better sense of pitch center, chord shapes, and overall musical accuracy.
    Students must purchase Jazz Keyboard For Pianists and Non-Pianists by Jerry Coker. Available at www.jazzbooks.com

Tuesday 6 pm

  • Introduction to Jazz Singing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Joe Freel
    3 week class
    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.
  • Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Dara Tucker
    "Owning the Stage" - 3 week class
    A class focused on special topics or skills, led by a master NJW vocal teacher. Topic will vary with the instructor.
  • Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    Saxophone Masterclass taught by 6/12 Evan Cobb, 6/19 Rahsaan Barber, 6/26 Mark Douthit - 3 week class
    A class focused on special topics or skills, led by a master NJW vocal teacher. Topic will vary with the instructor.

Tuesday 8 pm

  • Chester Thompson Drumset Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Chester Thompson
    Jazz Fusion Drumset - 3 week class
    A six-week course with drumming legend Chester Thompson. Each week will be a new topic varying from styles, technique, odd meters, brush work, triplets and solid time. Read more about Chester at www.chesterthompson.com. Intermediate to Advanced level.
  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Pat Coil
    "Inside The Music" - 3 week class
    This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Special topics will depend on the instructor and session.

Wednesday 6 pm

  • Intros and Endings
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    3 week class
    In this class, students will learn and play the most famous standard intros and endings for jazz tunes. Students will also research and write their own intros and endings to share with the class. This is an essential course for the performing instrumentalist.
  • Jazz Guitar Comping
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Mel Deal
    3 week class
    Specifically geared for the beginning to intermediate guitarist, this class covers many comping concepts, including Drop 2, Drop 3, and pianistic voicings as they pertain to standards, specifically the ii/V/I progression. Students will learn harmonization techniques, including the Wes Montgomery block-chord style and the Joe Pass walking bass line style. Rhythmic devices and beginning tension and chord substitution will also be discussed. This class provides an excellent way for guitarists to get deeper inside their role of comping.
  • Vocal Improvisation 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson
    3 week class
    Students will learn the basic concepts of improvisation with topics including rhythmic syllables and spoken scat, basic root motion and guide tones, stylistic approach, and use of melody for soloing. Students will also be introduced to basic chord types and their function. They will learn to recognize chord spellings and will begin to improvise over 12-bar Blues progressions.
    Suggested prerequisite: Ear Training 1

Wednesday 8 pm

  • Beginning Sightreading
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    For Instrumentalists & Vocalists - 3 week class
    Students will learn how to sight read charts, single line melodies and 4-voice harmony parts. This core class is important to the growth of the jazz musician.
  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson
    Singing for Instrumentalists - 3 week class
    This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Special topics will depend on the instructor and session.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Jonathan Wires
    3 week class
    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.

Thursday 6 pm

  • Chart Writing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson
    6pm-9pm, 6/14/18
    This 3-week class will cover basic theory and notation and apply these to writing simple chord charts.
  • Produce and Promote Your Music
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Dara Tucker and Greg Bryant
    6pm-9pm, 6/28/18
    Students will learn how to create a self-produced music product, set it up on the internet for distribution in multiple sales channels, and publicize it via their own social media platform to generate sales. This class will be helpful for anyone planning to produce a custom record of any genre, for anyone considering the possibility, and for anyone who is simply curious about the process.