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.
Jazz Ensemble 1
Put theory into practice by learning jazz standards while developing improvisation and ensemble skills.
Jazz Ensemble 2
This ensemble builds on the foundation of Jazz Ensemble 1, formerly known as the Beginning Jazz Ensemble.
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
Dig into the music of John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and other jazz masters.
Develop performance skills in the piano, bass, and drums trio format.
Thursdays 6:30 – 8 pm 7/6 – 8/10 (6 weeks) Performance Date 8/17
Hone your skills in the classic jazz guitar trio format (guitar, bass, and drums).
Summer 2023 (2 sections)
Blues and Groove Ensemble
The Blues and Groove Ensemble provides an opportunity to play a wide array of blues.
Mondays 8:15 – 9:45 pm 7/10 – 8/14 (6 weeks) Performance Date: 8/21
Contemporary Groove Ensemble
This ensemble explores a wide range of groove-oriented contemporary styles ranging from neo-soul, and R&B, to hip-hop jazz and beyond.
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm 7/11 – 8/15 (6 weeks) Performance Date: 8/22
From James Brown to Prince, Sly and the Family Stone to Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder to Earth, Wind & Fire, The Meters to Herbie Hancock, we get down and funky in this ensemble.
Thursdays, 8:15 – 9:45 pm 7/6 – 8/10 (5 weeks) no class 8/3
Improv Zoo Ensemble: Games and Tools for Creative Growth
We all improvise in daily life, yet we often feel stuck or inhibited when playing music.