Intermediate Jazz Guitar

Tues. 8:15 - 9:45 pm 4/2 – 5/28 (9 weeks)

Intermediate Jazz Guitar
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Guitar
Day Tue
Instructor Kai Lyons
Status inperson event

This class provides an overview of essential intermediate-level jazz guitar techniques.

Cultivate more advanced skills, covering everything from more complex harmony to interpreting challenging lead sheets and exploring chord solos.

Develop expertise in advanced chord substitutions, improvisation techniques, and more as you acquire the tools to express your individual voice as a solo guitarist or within the democracy of the jazz ensemble.

Prerequisites: A solid understanding of modes of the major scale, the ability to comp through at least three jazz standards using shell voicings in the Freddie Green style, and play a C major bebop scale harmonized using Drop-2 voicings.

This class meets IN-PERSON at the California Jazz Conservatory.


About Kai Lyons

Kai Lyons hails from the vibrant Excelsior District of San Francisco. Surrounded by music and community from an early age, Kai’s passion for the art form led him to the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, where he became the first graduate from the acclaimed Classical Guitar Program directed by Scott Cmiel. His journey continued at William Paterson University of New Jersey, where he immersed himself in jazz under the guidance of the legendary Mulgrew Miller. There, he studied alongside luminaries like Vincent Herring, Gene Bertoncini, Harold Mabern, Rich Perry, and Hal Galper. Kai holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from San Francisco State University, refining his skills with professors Andrew Speight, Michael Zisman, and Hafez Modirzadeh. Since returning to the Bay Area in 2015, Kai has freelanced extensively, collaborating with artists across genres. His musical adventures have taken him to New York City, New Orleans, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Notably, in 2018, he participated in the Master Class: Orff-Afrique 2018 in Ghana, Africa. Beyond his own trio, Kai has shared stages with luminaries such as Mike Clark, Donald Harrison, Louis Romero, award-winning organist Wil Blades, Larry Vuckovich, and the enigmatic Sueños and Illy Bogart. Through his artistry, Kai Lyons continues to enrich the Bay Area music scene and inspire audiences worldwide.