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.
Come out and hear all the combos perform and improvise over jazz standards at their free concerts:
- Sat, July 18, 2pm, Grayslake Central Park Pavilion
- Wed, July 22, 7 pm, Grayslake Historical Museum
The 38 participants hail from a number of communities and schools: Grayslake, Hawthorn, Highland and Palombi Middle Schools; Carmel Catholic, Grayslake Central, Grayslake North, Warren and Libertyville High Schools; Illinois State University; and the School of Life (our adult jazzers).
Sunday 1:30 Combo, directed by Bill Chapin. Featuring: Connor Bergman—trombone; Jackson Bothmann—piano; Rich Bothmann—drums; Jack Govern—tenor sax; Jared Nicholas—tenor sax; and Kyle Otte—alto sax
Sunday 7:00 Combo, directed by Bill Chapin. Featuring: Alexza Gallogo—alto sax; Maya Haubrich—alto sax; Maggie Jensen—alto sax; Braydon Hughes—drums; Billy Lay—trombone; Gokul Pandiyaraj—piano; Henry Ryan—trombone; Alex Turnquist—piano; and Matt Yadanza—trumpet
Sunday 7:00 Combo, directed by Paul Nielsen. Featuring: Juliette Gardiner—trumpet; Joe Grabowski—drums; Andrew Jacob—alto sax; Veronica Jensen—trombone; Josie Krook—piano; Robert McNeilly—trombone; and Craig Starbird—alto sax
Monday 7:00 Combo, directed by Paul Nielsen. Featuring: Chris Ambrose—trombone; Gareth Fullin—tenor sax; Damien Garcia—tenor sax; Noah Lawrence—alto sax; Kyle Mendoza—drums; Kyle Rayome—trombone; Miranda Schreiber—piano; and Maxwell Senger—vibes
Monday 7:00 Combo, directed by Tim Barclay. Featuring: Olivia Banach—tenor sax; Jack Frost—alto sax; Savannah Hendricks—drums; Eli Karris—trombone; Jesse Moderwell—tenor sax; Travis Ritchie—piano; Sam Scheck—tenor
Our next 2nd Sunday Jazz Jam session will take place Sunday, Jul 12 from 4-5:30 at the Chapin Jazz Studio. All improvisers and listeners are welcome. See flyer. Our coached tune will be Gershwin's Summertime. Click here to download the chart in your key.
In June, Griffin, Jackson, Lisa, Rich, Craig, Pressian, and Robert made some great song choices.
Coached tunes we've explored at past jams: Work Song, 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-adult to develop their improvisational skills in a jazz combo.
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