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:

Cabaret at the Workshop: UNSOLICITED ADVICE w/ Carolyn German. Thursday, September 13, 8pm. GET TICKETS. Go to event page for video sample.

The Beegie Adair Trio. Saturday, September 15, 7pm. SOLD OUT

Snap on 2&4 w/ Ryan Middagh. Friday, September 21, 8pm GET TICKETS

It's time to sign up for classes for the next session, starting September 17! See below for class listing and email or call 615-242-5299 for information or to sign up.

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: September 17 to October 25
Please visit our class schedule page for registration & payment information

Monday 6 pm

  • 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.
  • The Voice Lab
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Margaret Rose
    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.
  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen - Part 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Study and perform over 22 famous compositions by Jimmy Van Heusen, whose songs were recorded by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. His tunes include "Deep In A Dream," "It's Always You," "But Beautiful," and "Come Dance With Me." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Van Heusen's music. Part 2 of 2. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Monday 8 pm

  • Advanced Vocal Literature: Transcription and Vocalese - Part 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem and Liz Johnson
    Vocalese is the setting of lyrics to established jazz orchestral instrumentals. Jon Hendricks, Eddie Jefferson and King Pleasure played important roles in the history of vocal jazz to implement this style. This is Part 1 or a 2-part class. Students will learn famous vocalese solos and instrumental solos by artists such as John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Miles Davis and Stan Getz.
    Prerequisites: Vocal Improv 1 and 2.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roland Barber
    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): Matt Endahl
    "The Blue Note Years"
    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 12 pm

  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen - Part 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Study and perform over 22 famous compositions by Jimmy Van Heusen, whose songs were recorded by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. His tunes include "Deep In A Dream," "It's Always You," "But Beautiful," and "Come Dance With Me." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Van Heusen's music. Part 2 of 2. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Tuesday 6 pm

  • Advanced Vocal Performance Techniques: "Grow Your Show" - Parts 1 and 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Connye Florance
    Audition August 30th. Space is Limited to 4 students. $700 for 12 weeks. Contact lori@nashvillejazz.org for more information.
    Ready to grow your show? Plant your tunes and set lists here, water with a professional trio, and watch yourself grow. In this class, students will identify, develop and strengthen their unique qualities in vocal style and performance. Students will continue to develop range of musical expression and learn to be confident on stage as well as learning how to polish their musical arrangements. At the end of the 12 weeks, the student will perform four or five songs as a set.
    Suggested prerequisites: Five Vocal Literature classes, Beginning and Intermediate Vocal Performance, Musicianship for Vocalists and Chart Writing.
  • 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.
  • Minor ii-V's and Diminished Patterns
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    Through a blend of ear training and analysis, this class covers the minor ii7b5-V7b9-I6 progression, emphasizing diminished scales, their purpose, and the patterns that will work over this progression.

Tuesday 8 pm

  • Crafting Your Cabaret - Parts 1 and 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    Audition August 30th. Space is Limited to 4 students. $700 for 12 weeks. Contact lori@nashvillejazz.org for more information.
    Building on the techniques and skills from "Cabaret Repertoire", and "Cabaret Toolkit", each week of this session will bring vocalists closer to putting together their own cabaret show. Classes will include work in all aspects of participant’s show. Specific attention will be given to encouraging nuanced performances, and to the most powerful interpretations of the material. By the end, vocalists can have a unique cabaret shaped-out and ready to go.
    Suggested Prerequisites: Chart Writing, Cabaret Repertoire, and Cabaret Toolbox
  • Dave Brubeck Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    Study and perform the compositions and style of Dave Brubeck. This class emphasizes odd meters, solo transcription and ensemble playing. Students will explore tunes including "Take Five," "Blue Rondo Ala Turk," "Three to Get Ready," "The Duke," and more.
    For piano, bass, drums, and alto.
    Advanced level suggested.

Wednesday 6 pm

  • Original Jazz Composition
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    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): Jonathan Wires
    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 Essence of Brushwork
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Jordan Perlson
    3 Week Class, $125. September 19, 26, & October 3
    In this class, students will focus on the time-keeping patterns that drummers need to know, with an emphasis on sound and its purpose. Students will learn new and useful brush techniques to help with time and solo work.

Wednesday 8 pm

  • Cuban Music Ensemble - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Dann Sherrill
    Rhythm Section
    A class offering the foundations of both contemporary and folkloric Cuban music styles, with historic perspectives. This is a hands-on workshop where the players will become familiar with playing salsa in the tradition. For all instruments.
    Intermediate level required.
    Suggested prerequisites for percussionists:
    Nothing But the Conga and Cuban Percussion.
    Suggested prerequisite for pianists: Latin Piano
  • How To Build Your Repertoire
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson
    3 Week Class, $125. October 10, 17, 24.
    Singers, how do you know which songs are best for you? Bring your book of charts or a list of songs you're working on, and we'll explore your favorite tunes in a variety of styles -- or in your favorite style -- and find out what really works for you. Find out how to pick songs that express themselves easily through you, and learn to build a repertoire of your best tunes. No performance.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing
  • Soul Song: Set Your Inner Musician Free
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson
    3 Week Class, $125. September 19, 26 & October 3
    This class is for all musicians - singers, instrumentalists, and writers alike. The course will focus on releasing the blocks that stand in the way of feeling freedom, ease, and joy in making music, as well as building skills for more effective practice and ultimately, a more effortless experience of music making. Through group discussion, journaling, lyric writing, and mindful practicing, the class will discover how the masters approach their instruments and music. The course will utilize exercises from The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner, and The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten.
    The book Effortless Mastery is the required text for the class and can be purchased at www.jazzbooks.com

Thursday 6 pm

  • The Life & Music of Miles Davis
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    October 11th, 2018: 6-9pm, $50
    This course covers the life of Miles Davis from his first professional job with Ernest Randle's Ramblers in St. Louis to his final concert at Montreaux, including his triumphs of the 1950's with arranger Gil Evans. Listening will include music from all of the major periods in Miles's career.