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.
Thank you to everyone who attended, performed at, and contributed to the 2016 Drew Chapin Memorial Jazz Jam Concert, which took place on Tuesday, August 2nd in the Grayslake Central Park Pavilion.
At one time, more than 30 musicians were on stage jamming to Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man. The concert raises funds for a scholarship, presented annually to a deserving Grayslake Community High School student. Read more...
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Our next 2nd Sunday Jazz Jam session will take place on Sunday, Sept 11th from 4-5:30 at the Chapin Jazz Studio. All improvisers and listeners are welcome. See flyer. Watch this space for the coached tune. We may schedule a couple of jams during the summer--so stay tuned for those dates and times.
In May, 2016 we started out with Red Garland's Red's Good Groove. Griffin (drums and trombone), Gareth (tenor), Kyle (alto), Robert (trombone), and Johan (plastic trombone) improvised over tunes such as Watermelon Man, So Danco Samba, Californium, Doxy, Song for my Father, and Mercy Mercy Mercy.
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."