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.
Our next 2nd Sunday Jazz Jam session will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12th, from 4-5:30 at the Chapin Jazz Studio. All improvisers and listeners are welcome. See flyer. Our coached tune will be Silver's Serenade, by Horace Silver's.
At January's jam Griffin started on drums and then spent the rest of the day on trombone, with Rich on drums and Jackson on piano. And CJS and GCJW alum Jon Rarick, now a master's degree candidate in jazz writing at Eastman School of Music, joined us for the jam--a wonderful surprise for all of us. After playing the coached tune Blues Walk, we played Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars, Oleo, Yesterday, and Take the A Train.
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.
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