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

How about lunch with the Duke? Get in on the Jazz Lunch Monday, May 1 -- tickets on sale now.

Tickets for the next Snap on 2&4 Saturday, May 6 w/ Peter & Will Anderson go on sale Monday at 10am.

You can see the Spring Schedule of events in one place here.

 

Classes have started for this session, but a new session of satellite classes at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville starts May 6. 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: April 17 to May 25
Please visit our class schedule page for registration & payment information

Monday 1 pm

  • Introduction to Basic Piano Skills for Vocalists and Instrumentalists
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson Schafer
    A beginning class for all instrumentalists and vocalists who want to be able to accompany themselves and read basic chord charts. Topics covered 4 note chords, ii-V- I progressions and bass lines.

Monday 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.
  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Harold Arlen - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by Harold Arlen, who wrote some of the greatest hits from the 30's and 40's, including the entire score to the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz." Other Arlen songs include "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Stormy Weather," "It's Only a Paper Moon," and "I've Got the World on a String." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Arlen's music. 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

  • Original Jazz Composition
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Matt Endahl
    In this class, the focus is on original student compositions as students learn how to write in standard jazz forms, including blues, minor blues, rhythm changes, and modal tunes in order to capture the styles of famous jazz composers.
    For instrumentalists and vocalists.
    Intermediate to advanced level.
    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
  • 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.
  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Harold Arlen - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by Harold Arlen, who wrote some of the greatest hits from the 30's and 40's, including the entire score to the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz." Other Arlen songs include "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Stormy Weather," "It's Only a Paper Moon," and "I've Got the World on a String." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Arlen's music. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Tuesday 12 pm

  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Harold Arlen - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by Harold Arlen, who wrote some of the greatest hits from the 30's and 40's, including the entire score to the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz." Other Arlen songs include "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Stormy Weather," "It's Only a Paper Moon," and "I've Got the World on a String." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Arlen's music. 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

  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Chip Henderson
    Topic: Essentials of Jazz Guitar
    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.
  • Introduction to Jazz Singing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    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.
  • 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.

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.
  • The Art of Phrasing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson Schafer
    Students will learn to transform a lyric from the page into something instantly memorable. Exercises will involve tools such as back phrasing, singing over the bar line, and balancing long and short phrases. Students will also learn the speech level singing connection, which will enhance believability.
  • The ii-V-I Progression
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Rod McGaha
    This class introduces the musician to the most important chord progression in jazz through a blend of patterns, ear training, analysis, and technique.

Thursday 6 pm

  • Cabaret Toolbox
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    Cabaret artists are typically responsible for every aspect of their show: song selection, patter, booking, rehearsal scheduling and leading, ... and just about anything else you can think of. Join us for this practical guide that will teach vocalists the skills needed for a successful cabaret performance. Topics covered include: writing effective patter, getting the most from rehearsals, marketing the show, and maximizing the stage and venue. Upon completion, performers will have gained necessary insights about all the elements involved in creating and performing a cabaret.
  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    Building a walking bass line: The theory and practice of creating functional and melodic walking bass lines. For players who play bass but need help with connecting chord changes.
    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.

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
    Special Info: 3-week class: April 20, 27, & May 4. 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