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, 2015 session of the Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop (GJCW).
Now in its 15th summer, GJCW provides improvisers of all ages the opportunity to play and improvise over jazz tunes in a jazz combo. Learn what notes to play over chords, how to structure a good jazz solo, how to start and end a tune, and how to play with good jazz rhythm and feel.
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Due to a number of conflicts, we will not have a jam session in May.
In April, Griffin, Jackson, Lisa, Rich, and Jim made the jam a fun one. Griffin and Jackson both had a chance to stretch out and improvise over multiple choruses, which is a great advantage one can gain from the jam sessions.
Our next 2nd Sunday Jazz Jam session will take place Sunday, Jun 14th from 4-5:30 at the Chapin Jazz Studio. All improvisers and listeners are welcome. See flyer. Our coached tune will be Nat Adderley's Work Song. Click here to download the chart in your key.
In March, Nicole, Gabe, Kale, Lisa, Robert, Griffin and Jackson, supported by Mr. Chapin and Mr. Jacobs, started with Little Sunflower, and then played Freddie the Freeloader, Song for My Father, and Take the A Train, to name a few.
Coached tunes we've explored at past jams: Little Sunflower, Mr. P. C., Sister Sadie, Impressions, Take the A Train, 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 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 7-13 to develop their improvisational skills in a jazz combo.
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