Jazz Set Intensive for Instrumentalists

Jazz Set Intensive for Instrumentalists

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February 23, 24, 25, 2024

The Jazz Set Intensive for Rhythm Section at the Nashville Jazz Workshop is an immersive, hands-on jazz rhythm section experience led by some of Nashville’s top jazz educators and instrumentalists. This three day program is for Intermediate and Advanced level ONLY, taught in the small group style that the Nashville Jazz Workshop was founded on. Ending with a performance in the Jazz Cave, one of DownBeat Magazine’s top 150 jazz venues in the world.  

  • February 23-25, 2024 10am-4:30pm every day, and evening events. Final participant concert February 25th at 4:30pm.
  • Tuition is $750. Includes three days of classes, lunch each day, music charts and instrumental practice audio tracks, jam session, 1 ticket to an NJW performance on Saturday (Nashville Jazz Workshop faculty and special guests performing), and the Sunday afternoon participant concert.
  • Audition: Instrumentalists – Please use a minus-1 backing track
  • Full refunds will be given for cancellations before December 22nd, 2023. Any cancellations after January 14th will receive a 50% refund. No refund on or after February 16th.

Audition: pick 2 compositions listed, varying in tempo and style: Au Privave, There Will Never Be Another You, Recorda-me, Misty.

  • piano players: 1 chorus of the head (melody and comping), 1 chorus solo, 1 chorus head out
  • bass players: 1 chorus bass line (head), 1 chorus solo, 1 chorus bass line (head)
  • drummers: 3 chorus total (optional 2nd chorus solo) – distinguish between two feel and four feel
  • guitar/vibes players: 1 chorus melody, 1 chorus solo, 1 chorus comp
  • Instrumentalists: 1 chorus melody, 2 chorus solo, 1 chorus head out

Upon registration you will receive an email with these audition instructions. Please submit videos via dropbox link to directors@nashvillejazz.org.

Registration is limited to 15 people on a first come basis. 

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Sample Daily Schedule


10am to 10:45am – Introductions, How to listen!!
11:00 to 12:30- Instrumental ensembles
12:30 to 1:15 – Lunch
1:15 to 4:30 – Rotating classes
Improvisation – Special guest
Theory/Ear Training
Get in the Pocket
Break for Dinner
7pm to 9pm- Jam Session


10am to 10:30- Listening

10:40 to 12:30 – Instrumental Ensembles
12:30 to 1:15 – Lunch
1:15 to 4:30 Rotating classes
Improvisation- Call and Response
Instrumental Styles – Latin styles
Intros and Endings
Break for Dinner

7:30- Saturday Night Concert in Jazz Cave


10am to 10:30 Listening
10:40 to 12:45 – Instrumental Ensembles
12:45 to 1:15 – Lunch
1:15 to 2:15pm- Master class with special guest
2:15 to 4pm- Instrumental Ensembles final run thru
4:30pm – Concert

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