hero15

Adult Programs

Adult Ensembles

The Jazzschool offers weekly ensembles for beginning, intermediate, and advanced instrumentalists and vocalists, covering a wide range of styles to suit your musical preferences.

Our ensembles perform in the Jazzschool Student Performance Series at the end of each quarter, which is free and open to the public. So invite your friends, family, and anyone else who loves great music to come and see you shine!

You’ll need to go through a placement audition but don’t worry; it’s just a formality to make sure you’re placed in the right ensemble for your skill level. Just follow the audition requirements and application instructions, and you’ll be on your way!

Adult Programs are for age 18 and up. More info about Jazzschool Ensembles here. You may use the filters below to refine your search.

Beginning Jazz Ensemble

2 Sections

Beginning Jazz Ensemble

Put theory into practice by learning jazz standards while developing improvisation and ensemble skills.

Piano Trio

5 Sections

Piano Trio

Develop performance skills in the piano, bass, and drums trio format.

Jazz Standards for Gigs

4 Sections

Jazz Standards for Gigs

Develop the skills and repertoire needed for typical jazz gigs through the study and performance of common jazz styles, including swing, bossa nova, jazz waltz, and ballads.

Music of the Masters

3 Sections

Music of the Masters

Dig into the music of John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and other jazz masters.

Jazz Fusion Ensemble – The Music of Frank Martin

Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm 1/11 – 3/15 (10 weeks) Performance Date: 3/22

Jazz Fusion Ensemble – The Music of Frank Martin

Each quarter, Frank Martin’s Jazz Fusion Ensemble focuses on the compositions of a specific composer/bandleader (John Scofield, Jaco Pastorius, the Brecker Brothers, and many more.) This quarter we focus on Frank’s own compositions, drawing inspiration from all of the other artists covered in the ensemble and more!  Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm 1/11 – 3/15 […]

Hard Bop Ensemble

Thursdays 6:30 – 8 pm 1/12 – 3/16 (10 weeks) Performance Date: 3/23

Hard Bop Ensemble

Study and perform music melding bebop with R&B, gospel, and the blues as developed by mid-century masters including Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Jimmy Smith, and others.

Jazz Ensemble – The Music of Thelonious Monk

Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm 1/9 – 3/20 (10 weeks) No class 1/16 Performance Date: 3/27

Jazz Ensemble – The Music of Thelonious Monk

An ensemble focused on the compositions of the great pianist/composer Thelonious Monk, many of which have come to be considered jazz standards.

Jazz Ensemble – The Music of John Coltrane

Mondays 8:15 – 9:45 pm 1/9 – 3/20 (10 weeks) No class 1/16 Performance Date: 3/27

Jazz Ensemble – The Music of John Coltrane

An ensemble for experienced players focusing on the music of John Coltrane, with repertoire drawn from all periods of Coltrane’s career.

Chicago Visionaries: Let’s Play the Music of the AACM

Thursdays 6:30 – 8 pm 1/12 – 3/16 (10 weeks) Performance Date: 3/23

Chicago Visionaries: Let’s Play the Music of the AACM

This ensemble, led by bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa, will focus on performing, arranging and improvising on music by members of Chicago’s visionary and influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians – the AACM.

Creative Jazz Ensemble: The Music of Carla Bley

Thursdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm 1/12 – 3/16 (10 weeks) Performance Date: 3/23

Creative Jazz Ensemble: The Music of Carla Bley

This quarter, the ensemble (sometimes called the Free Jazz Ensemble) explores the raucous, cinematic, quirky, moody, grooving music of brilliant composer, arranger, and pianist Carla Bley.