Pianist’s Toolkit Series: Rhythm and Groove Skills

Tuesdays 7:45 - 9:15 pm 1/10 - 3/14 (10 weeks)

Pianist’s Toolkit Series: Rhythm and Groove Skills
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Piano and Keys
Day Tue
Instructor Jennifer Jolly
Status online event


This class will tighten up your ability to play, read, and hear a host of common rhythm patterns and comping grooves. We’ll explore a range of genres, from blues and jazz to gospel and soul to funk and Cuban, and more. This is a very hands-on class, with lots of playing time together in class, and is suitable for players from beginning through advanced. You can expect your rhythmic literacy to grow and your chops to sharpen!


Prerequisites: Familiarity with triads and basic 7th chords; basic keyboard and reading proficiency. Materials provided by the instructor.


Technical requirements: strong Internet, laptop at piano/keyboard, wired headphones.

Instructor: Jennifer Jolly

B.A. UC Berkeley. Keyboards/melodica, guitar, percussion, vocals, composer/arranger, bandleader. Specialist in blues/boogie, R&B/funk, Americana, New Orleans, rock, Caribbean, and African roots music. Founder of Jennifer Jolly & Friends, co-founder of The Jolly Gibsons. Other current projects include Pamela Rose’s touring theatrical concert “Blues is a Woman,” Tom Rigney & Flambeau (sub), JAZZphoria (sub), Chelle! and Friends (guest), Mo’Fone (guest), Bait & Switch Blues Band, The Party Monsters, Creekside Community Church Worship Band. Previous credits include Zulu Spear, Kotoja, Phil Lesh, Hot Links, Barbara Dane, Big B and His Snake Oil Saviors, accompaniment for choruses and musical theater productions, and dozens of recording projects. Faculty instructor at The Jazzschool, Cazadero Family Camp, Jazzschool Women’s Jazz and Blues Camp, after-school programs, workshops, and private studio.