Alums and current participants of the Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop 2013 join professional players onstage at the Drew Chapin Memorial Jazz Jam Session held on August 6, 2013 in Central Park, Grayslake.
Registration is now open for the Summer 2017 Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop (GJCW).
Use the links below to register. Be part of the 17th year of this opportunity to grow creatively through improvisation.
|Click the button above to complete the online registration form.||Click the button above to pay--$195 if paying by May 15th|
|This summer we are offering five (5) $75 scholarships to students who are willing to share some of their thoughts and feelings about jazz. Click here to learn more about the Bob Dawson Scholarship.|
Our next 2nd Sunday Jazz Jam session will take place on Sunday, May 7th (a 1st Sunday!), from 4-5:30 at the Chapin Jazz Studio. All improvisers and listeners are welcome. See flyer. The coached tune this month is Coltrane's Mr. P. C.. Click here for playalong tracks and the lead sheet packet.
At April's jam Griffin played drums and trombone, Jonah played clarinet, and Gareth played tenor sax. We started with Duke Ellington's Things Ain't what they Used to Be, and then we played Joe Zawinul's Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, Jimmy Heath's Gemini, Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man, and Horace Silver's Song for My Father, among other tunes.
The Chapin Jazz Studio, located in downtown Grayslake, offers private lessons, improv coaching, workshops, and jam sessions...
- for students of all ages interested in learning to play jazz piano
- for instrumentalists wanting to improve their improvisation
- for musicians who want real-world experience playing in a jazz combo.
The studio is equipped with a Yamaha acoustic piano, multiple electronic keyboards, an upright and electric bass, drum set, amps, music stands, and computing devices--everything individuals and groups need to advance in their study of jazz and improvisation.
Bill Chapin brings to this creative learning environment more than 30 years as a jazz pianist, educator, and learning technology specialist. Musically, Bill continues to advance his own skills as a jazz piano performer and improviser through ongoing study, steady work at area clubs, and teaching. Bill also founded and co-leads the Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop. This summer program provides opportunities for jazz students in grades 7-adult to develop their improvisational skills in a jazz combo.
Sign up for my newsletter, below, to hear about opportunities to play jazz, upcoming workshops, improv tips, and where I'm playing. Watch the calendar on the right for dates when Bill is at work playing piano or leading a student group in the pursuit of "creative growth through improvisation."