Classes for Instrumentalists Courses

Bud Powell Improvisation

Improvisation class is open to intermediate to advanced instrumentalists and vocalists. Prior improvisational experience is suggested. The class will examine Read More

Jazz Improvisational Patterns

Learning and Applying Jazz Improvisational Patterns to Standard Repertoire. Intermediate to Advanced Level. A class studying and applying melodic and Read More

Jazz Theory 2

A continuation of Jazz Theory 1. Emphasis on chord substitutions, hearing and reading basic rhythm patterns, song analyzation including form, Read More

Jazz Bass Styles

Learn great walking bass lines, other jazz styles such as waltz, odd meter, ballads, latin styles such as Samba, Cha Read More

Rhythm Section Lab

This class will concentrate on how to play as a group. You will learn how to improve your sound, tighten Read More

NJW Octet

Ensemble with five horns and rhythm section, playing great arrangements!

Steps Ahead Ensemble

A class covering the most famous recordings from the ground breaking jazz fusion group “Steps Ahead”. The ensemble will perform Read More

Nashville Bass Cats

A six-week class with some of Nashville’s most famous and most recorded bass players. Learn tricks from the legends that Read More

Nashville Drum Cats

A six-week class with some of Nashville’s most famous and most recorded studio drummers. Learn tricks that made these legends Read More

Brazilian Funk Ensemble

An advanced level ensemble covering samba funk and Brazilian tunes in different time signatures. Positions by audition only for piano, Read More

Guitar Workshop

A class for focused on real world skills guitarists can use in band situations. Topics covered will be rhythm playing, Read More

Chord Tone Soloing

There are many different approaches to improvisation. However, the vast majority of the masters play out of chord tones and Read More

Jazz Guitar Voicings

For guitarists who want to move beyond vanilla “guitar chords” to authentic jazz voicings. The class will begin with 3rds Read More

Max Roach Drumset

A class for drummers covering the time and solo techniques of Max Roach. This is a great class for improvisation Read More

Drumset Improvisation 2

A continuation of Drumset Improv 1 with an emphasis on applying to standard repertoire. Students will play more melodies and Read More

Salsa Piano

Learn traditional piano montunos needed for playing in Cuban ensemble. Learn the difference in the two claves and how the Read More

George Shearing Ensemble 2

A class covering the repertoire and the “Shearing Sound.” Emphasis on ensemble playing, block chord voicings for piano, and tanscriptions Read More

Sonny Rollins Ensemble

A class covering the composistions and history of Sonny Rollins. Emphasis on solo transcription and ensemble playing. For piano or Read More

Bird & Diz Ensemble

An ensemble focusing on the repertoire and stylings of the mid to late 40’s emergence of Bebop. The ensemble performs Read More

Pat Metheny Ensemble

A class covering the repertoire and stylings of Pat Metheny. Emphasis will be made on sound, odd meters and improvisation. Read More