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

Thanks to everyone who made this year's Jazzmania jazz party and fundraiser a huge success! From the patrons and supporters who came out to enjoy the evening, to the many dedicated volunteers, staff, and Board, to the fabulous musicians, everyone played a part.

Thanks for supporting the Nashville Jazz Workshop and jazz education!

TICKETS ON SALE:

Snap on 2&4 w/ Cord Martin Saturday, Oct. 28, 8pm

Jeff Hamilton, Akiko Tsuruga, & Graham Dechter Sunday, Oct. 29, 7pm

ON SALE MONDAY:

NJW Presents Tamir Hendelman

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: November 6 to December 13
Please visit our class schedule page for registration & payment information

Monday 12 pm

  • Musicianship for Vocalists
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    This is an essential class for the beginner to intermediate vocalist who wants to communicate and develop the basic musical skills necessary for working with musicians. Students will develop an understanding of intros and endings, learn to work with simple arrangements, explore various styles, and build a "must know" list of tunes. There will be no performance.
    Prerequisites: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2 and Chart-writing for Vocalists.

Monday 6 pm

  • It's About Time
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    For drummers and bassists, this class is designed to center the player's time by focusing on the role of drums and bass as timekeepers. Class work will include metronome and time studies.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    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 Jerome Kern
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Study and perform over 15 famous compositions of Jerome Kern, one of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century. His songs include "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "A Fine Romance," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "All the Things You Are," and "The Way You Look Tonight." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Kern's music. At the end of the six-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Monday 8 pm

  • Advanced Vocal Literature: Bebop and Beyond
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem and Liz Johnson
    In this advanced class, you'll focus on famous bebop tunes with lyrics, including "Joy Spring" and "Take Five." Learn great tunes from artists such as Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie and more.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Five composer literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists, and Vocal Improvisation
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s):
    Instructor TBA
    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 6 pm

  • Exploring Dominants
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    This advanced improvisation class will explore the six various dominant-seventh chord types from a theoretical standpoint to help students understand when each is most commonly used in jazz. Students will learn to play scales, modes, and licks over each dominant type, as well as learning how to decipher chord extensions and alterations when none are specified on given chord-charts. Students are encouraged to bring their instruments and be ready to play.
  • Intermediate Vocal Performance Techniques - Parts 1 and 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Connye Florance
    Part 2, Continuation from last session
    Further develop performance techniques with this introduction to a larger and more selective repertoire of songs. In this class, students will learn stage performance skills by building relationships with their audience and creating and delivering appropriate patter to set up a tune. Students will be accompanied by a trio, giving them the chance to explore new arrangements of their songs. Each student will learn five songs, selecting three to perform as a mini set at the end of the 12 weeks.
    Suggested Prerequisites: Beginning Vocal Performance, Introduction to Jazz Singing
  • Introduction to Jazz Singing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Joe Freel
    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.

Wednesday 6 pm

  • 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.
  • The Basics of Voice
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson
    3-week class, Nov. 8, 15, & 29. Tuition $115
    Jazz singing offers the opportunity to learn contemporary singing techniques in a healthy and fun way. This class will explore the basics of vocal anatomy and physiology, different breathing techniques, and an array of simple mindfulness and vocal exercises that singers can use for a lifetime of beautiful, effortless singing. Students will be encouraged (but not required) to sing jazz standards as part of this class, and to share their vocal experiences. Discover the elegant mechanics of the voice and how to apply this knowledge to the art of singing. Students sing with jazz tracks, and must purchase Hal Leonard's Jazz Tracks for Singers (male or female), book of 15 tunes and CD. Order from www.sheetmusicplus.com.
  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Jerome Kern
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Study and perform over 15 famous compositions of Jerome Kern, one of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century. His songs include "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "A Fine Romance," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "All the Things You Are," and "The Way You Look Tonight." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Kern's music. At the end of the six-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2