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.
The coached tune for this month is Take the A Train. Download the packet to see parts for concert, Bb, Eb, bass, and piano voicings. Also, for playalong tracks and a link to a YouTube clip of Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra playing this tune, click here.
In August we played "al fresco," a first for the jam, and a number of people from Tastee Freez, on bikes, or in the area stopped by. Four pianists: Travis, Jackson, Kelsey, and Sebastian, three sax players: Ben, Robert, and Alan; and drummer Rich took on some very challenging tunes.
Coached tunes we've explored at past jams: C Jam Blues, All Blues, Centerpiece, Equinox, Doxy, So Danco Samba, and Cantaloupe Island.
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 two acoustic pianos, 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 7-13 to develop their improvisational skills in a jazz combo.
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