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.
Watch this space for the May coached tune and the packet, which which will include the chart and supplement (help) sheet for concert, Bb, Eb, bass, and piano voicings. I'll have copies at the jam, but these will help you prepare.
The players at April's session were on fire, with Jackson on piano, Andy and Derrick on trumpet, Chris and Ben on sax, Vern and Alan on trombone, and Reid on drums. Thanks to my colleagues Jim Jacobs and Dennis Mellen who helped with the coaching. While Mr. Chapin had fun playing upright bass, he's wondering if there are any bass players out there who want to play. Let your bass-playing friends know about the jam.
Coached tunes we've explored at past jams: 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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