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

The next class session starts July 25. See below for class listing. If you've been waiting to sign up don't delay! Call 615-242-5299 or email.

Tickets for the next appearance of The Beegie Adair Trio are SOLD OUT.

 

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: July 25 - September 1
Please visit our class schedule page for registration & payment information

Monday 6 pm

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Cole Porter - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    "Night and Day," "I Get A Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "Begin the Beguine," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" - some of the cleverest, funniest, and most romantic songs ever written came from the pen of Cole Porter. He composed both lyrics and music. In this class, students will study and perform over 24 famous Cole Porter compositions. Focus will be on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques and song forms. At the end of the 12-week session, students will perform with a trio.

Monday 8 pm

  • Best of Blue Note Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roland Barber
    An ensemble covering music from the Blue Note era of the 1950's and 60's. Students will study musical selections from Blue Note artists such as Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Hank Mobley, and Horace Silver. For 2-3 horns and rhythm section.
  • 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.

Tuesday 12 pm

  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Cole Porter - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    "Night and Day," "I Get A Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "Begin the Beguine," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" - some of the cleverest, funniest, and most romantic songs ever written came from the pen of Cole Porter. He composed both lyrics and music. In this class, students will study and perform over 24 famous Cole Porter compositions. Focus will be on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques and song forms. At the end of the 12-week session, students will perform with a trio.

Tuesday 6 pm

  • ii-V-I's for Guitar
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Chip Henderson
    A class introducing guitarists to the most important chord progression in jazz. This class is a blend of patterns, ear training, analysis and technique. This curriculum is designed for the intermediate/advanced beginners and players versed in other styles who want to make the transition to a more “jazz-oriented” sound. Topics will include voice leading arpeggios, guide-tone lines, the development of ii-V’s (in major and minor keys) as well as the application of these ideas in common song structures (Blues, Rhythm Changes, and standards). Transcriptions and recordings will be used to reinforce topics discussed during this 6 week class.
  • Intermediate Vocal Performance Techniques - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Connye Florance
    This class builds on students' performance techniques and introduces more selective songs, longer sets and increased use of stage/audience management techniques. By instructor's permission.
  • Transcription and Vocalese - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson Schafer
    Vocalese is the setting of lyrics to established jazz orchestral instrumentals. Jon Hendricks, Eddie Jefferson and King Pleasure played very important roles in the history of vocal jazz to implement this style. Students in this 12 week class will learn famous vocalese solos as well as instrumental solos ( Coltrane, Adderley, Davis, Gets) that will be scatted by the vocalist. Pre-requisites- Vocal Improv 1 and 2. Advanced level required.

Tuesday 8 pm

  • Art Blakey Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roland Barber
    A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers. The ensemble performs transcriptions of Blakey's most famous recordings. For tenor, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section. Advanced level required.
  • Introduction to Jazz Singing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    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.

Wednesday 6 pm

  • 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.
  • The Voice Lab
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Margaret Rose
    An on-going class for all singers, from beginner through advanced. The focus is on the use of natural voice and conversational phrasing. Performance evaluation is combined with diagnostic techniques to correct common vocal and performance problems. Voice Lab can be repeated, or used as a review. This class is a prerequisite for Vocal Tech 1-4.
  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Cole Porter - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    "Night and Day," "I Get A Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "Begin the Beguine," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" - some of the cleverest, funniest, and most romantic songs ever written came from the pen of Cole Porter. He composed both lyrics and music. In this class, students will study and perform over 24 famous Cole Porter compositions. Focus will be on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques and song forms. At the end of the 12-week session, students will perform with a trio.

Wednesday 8 pm

  • 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.

Thursday 6 pm

  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    By audition only. A selected group of advanced vocalists performing original and standard material.

Thursday 8 pm

  • Cuban Percussion
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Dann Sherrill
    This class will focus on all the instruments of the Cuban rhythm section: Conga, Bongo, Timbales, as well as guiro, merengue guira, maracas and shekere. The participants will also get a firm grasp of how clave functions in Cuban music and how all the percussion parts fit together in clave. We will also cover how songs in Cuban music and Salsa are constructed, breaks, intros (how to come in properly) and 'when to play what.' This course is a pre-requisite for the Cuban Music Ensemble.