Classic Jazz Artists Courses


Count Basie Ensemble

Study and perform some of the great swinging compositions played by the Count Basie Orchestra. Students will explore the tunes Read More

Billy Strayhorn Ensemble

Study and perform some of the great compositions and harmonic style of Billy Strayhorn, famous for co-writing with the legendary Read More

Yellowjackets Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions and style of one of the 21st century’s most important instrumental jazz fusion group. Perform Read More

Freddie Hubbard Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions and style of the great Freddie Hubbard. Students will explore tunes including “Little Sunflower,” “Crisis,” Read More

Jazztet Ensemble

Study and perform the great compositions of the Benny Golson/Art Farmer group “The Jazztet.” Students will explore tunes including “Killer Read More

Duke Ellington Ensemble

Study and perform some of the great compositions and harmonic style of Duke Ellington. Students will explore the tunes “Take Read More

Wes Montgomery Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions, style, and guitar techniques of Wes Montgomery and his trios. Students will explore tunes including Read More

Tower of Power Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions of this famous funk band. This class will emphasize precision and groove. Perform some of Read More

John Coltrane Ensemble

Study and perform the repertoire and style of John Coltrane’s Blue Note years. Perform transcriptions of some of Coltrane’s most Read More

Dave Brubeck Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions and style of Dave Brubeck. This class emphasizes odd meters, solo transcription and ensemble playing. Read More

Bill Evans Trio

Study and perform the compositions, style, and analysis of the classic Bill Evans Trio sound. Transcriptions will be required. Students Read More

Modern Jazz Quartet

Study and perform the compositions and style of the MJQ, primarily dealing with the chamber music approach of John Lewis’s Read More

Oliver Nelson Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions and style of Oliver Nelson’s Blues and the Abstract Truth. Students will explore tunes including Read More

Lee Morgan Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions and style of the Blue Note years of Lee Morgan. Students will explore tunes including Read More

Miles Davis Ensemble

Study and perform some of the repertoire and style of the mid-50’s and ’60’s recordings of the famous quintet. Perform Read More

Weather Report Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions and styles of Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter. This class will emphasize groove, soloing, and Read More

Grant Green Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions and style of Grant Green from his classic Blue Note recordings. Students will explore tunes Read More

George Shearing Ensemble

Study and perform the repertoire and the “Shearing Sound.” This class will emphasize ensemble playing, block chord voicings for piano, Read More

Art Blakey Ensemble

Study and perform some of the great compositions and style of the Art Blakey Ensemble. Students will explore some of Read More

Cal Tjader Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions and style of Cal Tjader. Students will explore tunes including “Mamblues,” “Alonzo,” “Black Orchid,” “Soul Read More