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

Visit the Upcoming Classes page for a listing of classes for the February-March session. Call 615-242-5299 or email Directors to sign up.

Tickets are on sale for two fantastic performances next week: Cabaret at the Workshop w/ Connye Florance Thurs., Feb. 18 and Snap on 2&4 w/ Marcus Finnie Sat., Feb. 20. 

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 22 to March 31
Please visit our class schedule page for registration & payment information

MONDAY 6:00pm

  • Advanced Vocal Literature: Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim - 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem and Cecilia Grespan
    Antonio Carlos Jobim also known as Tom Jobim, was a Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist. He was a primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style, and his songs have been performed by many singers and instrumentalists within Brazil and internationally. Widely known as the composer of "The Girl from Ipanema" (Garota de Ipanema), one of the most recorded songs of all time, Jobim has left a large number of songs that are today included in the standard Jazz and Pop repertoires. In this 12 week course, students will study and perform over 24 original compositions. Class will learn Portuguese lyrics as well as English translations. Students will perform at the end of 12 weeks.
  • Ear Training 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    AFTERNOON CLASS, 1-3 PM
    A continuation of Ear Training 1. A study of chordal extensions and their inversions and voicings. How to pull parts off a CD.
  • Introduction to Ensemble Playing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    A class open to all instrumentalists focusing on the beginning concepts of group playing such as feel, basic improvisation, blues, forms and listening. A great class for the beginning jazz player.
  • Introduction to Ensemble Playing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    A class open to all instrumentalists focusing on the beginning concepts of group playing such as feel, basic improvisation, blues, forms and listening. A great class for the beginning jazz player.

MONDAY 8:00pm

  • Advanced Vocal Literature: Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim - 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem and Cecilia Grespan
    Antonio Carlos Jobim also known as Tom Jobim, was a Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist. He was a primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style, and his songs have been performed by many singers and instrumentalists within Brazil and internationally. Widely known as the composer of "The Girl from Ipanema" (Garota de Ipanema), one of the most recorded songs of all time, Jobim has left a large number of songs that are today included in the standard Jazz and Pop repertoires. In this 12 week course, students will study and perform over 24 original compositions. Class will learn Portuguese lyrics as well as English translations. Students will perform at the end of 12 weeks.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Matt Endahl
    A class made up of a quartet or quintet. Materials covered include literature, intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    A class made up of a quartet or quintet. Materials covered include literature, intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping.

TUESDAY 6:00pm

  • Introduction to Jazz Singing - Level 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    AFTERNOON CLASS: 12-2 PM
    A class for vocalists who want to learn jazz singing. Topics to be covered include jazz phrasing, tone, learning the correct melody to jazz standards, and microphone and stage performance technique. The class may be repeated as often as desired.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    AFTERNOON CLASS: 4-6 PM
    A class made up of a quartet or quintet. Materials covered include literature, intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping.
  • The Art of Phrasing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Focuses on packing something special into every phrase. Learn to turn a stiff vocal line into something that is instantly memorable. Master slurs, slides, stressed notes and syncopation. Developing vocal licks appropriate for the style. Singers bring in their own arrangements for the class. For Advanced Vocalists.
  • The Ladies of Song
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Connye Florance
    A listening class exploring in depth the music and lives of some of the great women vocalists of our time.

TUESDAY 8:00pm

  • Horace Silver Ensemble - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Denis Solee
    A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of the Blue Note years of Horace Silver. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of Horace's famous recordings. For trumpet, alto, tenor, trombone and rhythm section. Intermediate to advanced level required.
  • Introduction to Jazz Singing - Level 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Level 2 in the Intro to Jazz Singing series. This class introduces the vocalists to performing with an accompanist. A class for vocalists who want to learn jazz singing. Topics to be covered include jazz phrasing, tone, learning the correct melody to jazz standards, microphone and stage performance technique, and getting comfortable with accompanists. The class may be repeated as often as desired.
  • Musicianship for Vocalists
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Connye Florance and Kevin Madill
    An essential core class for the intermediate vocalist who wants to learn the musical skills needed to communicate with other musicians. Topics include communicating with the band, charts, intros and endings, developing and organizing your book, and more. Prerequisites: at least four vocal literature courses, theory, and chart-writing.

WEDNESDAY 6:00pm

  • Advanced Vocal Literature: Ballads - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Everyone love a great ballad! Here's a chance to learn 24 famous jazz ballads, including tunes such as "For All We Know", "Body And Soul", "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", "Tenderly", "A Time For Love", and many more. At the end of the twelve-week session, students will perform with a trio.
  • Introduction to Ensemble Playing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    A class open to all instrumentalists focusing on the beginning concepts of group playing such as feel, basic improvisation, blues, forms and listening. A great class for the beginning jazz player.
  • Voice Fundamentals 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson Schafer
    Set your natural voice free with the foundations of healthy singing skills. This class will give you vocal exercises to promote ease and freedom in your singing, as well as some basic knowledge of physiology and anatomy so you can keep your voice in great shape. Expand your range, explore conversational singing, and unlock the secrets of voice through playful vocaleses, a little bit of voice science, and a whole lot of fun! All ages and levels welcome as we explore the voice from the inside out.

WEDNESDAY 8:00pm


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THURSDAY 6:00pm

  • Contemporary Vocal Literature
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    This course looks at Contemporary classics and how to present them in the jazz idiom. Songs like "Killing Me Softly," "How Sweet It Is," and "A House Is Not A Home" will be reimagined from a jazz point of view, and the students will be able to perform backed by a trio. A great class for those who are interested in filling out their repertoire with more current material while still keeping it "jazz." For Intermediate/Advanced vocal students. Students must be able to write their own charts.
  • Introduction to Brazilian Guitar
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): James DaSilva
    The study of brazilian guitar and its function in bossa nova and samba. Learn voicings, rhythms and comping patterns essential to this style. This is a pre-requisite class to the Brazilian Ensemble.
  • Weather Report Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Chester Thompson
    AUDITIONS TBA
    A class covering the most famous recordings of this band. Emphasis on groove, soloing, and most of all... how to play as a group. Former Weather Report drummer Chester Thompson will conduct this ensemble. For piano, bass, drums, percussion and sax. Audition only.

THURSDAY 8:00pm

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