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.
Registration is now open for the Summer 2016 Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop (GJCW).
Use the links below to register. Be part of the 16th year of this opportunity to grow creatively through improvisation.
Click the button above to complete the online registration form.
If paying by check, print out the form when completed.
Click the button above to pay $50 deposit to reserve your space
You may also pay in full--Early Bird cost is $195 if paying by May 27th
|A limited number of $50 scholarships will be awarded for the 2016 GJCW. Click here to learn more about or donate to the Bob Dawson Scholarship.|
Our next 2nd Sunday Jazz Jam session will take place on Sunday, Jan 10th from 4-5:30 at the Chapin Jazz Studio. All improvisers and listeners are welcome. See flyer. Our coached tune will be Benny Golson's Killer Joe. Here are charts and supplement sheets for Concert, Bb, Eb, and bass cleff instruments.
In December, the coached tune was Vince Guaraldi's Christmas Time Is Here, click here for the lead sheet. Our group included Jackson on piano, Gareth on tenor, and Griffin on drums. Jim Jacobs helped out on a number of tunes as well. Some of the tunes we played are Killer Joe, Road Song, So Danco Samba, and Song for My Father.
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.
Sign up for my newsletter, below, to hear about opportunities to play jazz, upcoming workshops, improv tips, and where I'm playing. Watch the calendar on the right for dates when Bill is at work playing piano or leading a student group in the pursuit of "creative growth through improvisation."