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 2016 Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop (GJCW).
Use the links below to register. Be part of the 16th year of this opportunity to grow creatively through improvisation.
|Click the button above to complete the online registration form.||Click the button above to pay--$195 if paying by May 27th|
|A limited number of $50 scholarships will be awarded for the 2016 GJCW. Click here to learn more about the Bob Dawson Scholarship.|
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."
If you are new to GJCW, we will contact you to schedule an audition on Sunday May 29th, sometime in between 1 and 3 pm. You may also sign up for a time here.
Please know that these auditions are not competitive. They are designed to help the directors place you in a combo with other students at or near your playing ability.
We encourage you to download and run through the audition piece(s), posted below, that match your instrument(s).
- Sax/Trumpet Audition Piece A
- Sax/Trumpet Audition Piece B
- Trombone Audition Piece A
- Trombone Audition Piece B
Rhythm Section (piano, bass, drums, guitar):
- Equinox Head (melody and chords)
- Equinox Supplemental (voicings, bass lines, guitar chords)
- Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Head
- Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Supplemental
If you have improvised before and want to show us where you are in your improvising, we'd also like to hear you jam over the F (concert) blues.
Tips on how to prepare for an audition:
- Horn players--please be ready to play one of the two pieces linked above. Play through the pieces, count out measures that are hard for you, and work to play with a swing feel.
- Piano and guitar--be ready to play the chords for one of the two songs (see the supplemental page for the chords; use the "head" to know when to play each chord). You could hit the chord on beat one of each measure, or if you're familiar with typical "comping" rhythms, show us that.
- Bass players--be ready to play a bass line, or play what is written on the supplemental page, for one of the tunes. Tip: bass players usually play the chord root on beat one, and, depending on the type of tune, move through scale tones to the next chord.
- Drummers--be ready to play a swing beat for the blues, or what you would play behind one of the tunes above. Keep it simple. Jazz combos need to hear a steady beat, and, generally, complicated playing confuses the band about where the beat is.