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, Oct 11th from 4-5:30 at the Chapin Jazz Studio. All improvisers and listeners are welcome. See flyer. Watch this space for the October coached tune.
In September, the coached tune was Tadd Dameron's Lady Bird, click here for the lead sheet. Griffin held down the drum position for the whole jam, and Ben and Gareth played alto and tenor sax, respectively. Other tunes we played included Freddie the Freeloader, The Intrepid Mr. Fox, and Freedom Jazz Dance. Coached tunes we've explored at past jams: Lady Bird, The Jody Grind, Summertime, Work Song, Little Sunflower, Mr. P. C., Sister Sadie, Impressions, Take the A Train, C Jam Blues, All Blues, Centerpiece, Equinox, Doxy, So Danco Samba, and Cantaloupe Island.
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."
It is with sadness that we mourn the loss of Bob "Hawkeye" Dawson, with whom we enjoyed playing a great deal of great jazz. We appreciate all of the ways that he contributed to the Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop, and we are grateful that his family is celebrating his life and love for jazz education by directing donations towards scholarships for the workshop.
Donations will be used to fund registrations for the Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop, and Chapin Jazz Studio will manage the scholarship.
You may donate online using the button below:
Online Store Directions:
- Clicking the button above will take you to the Chapin Jazz Studio Online Store.
- Once there, click the button for the amount you would like to donate.
- Next, click Add to Basket.
- Next, click Go to Basket.
- In the Note to Seller box, you may add a message to the Dawson family.
- Click Checkout, where you will enter your credit information and complete the transaction.
Or you may send your check payable to Chapin Jazz Studio to the following address:
Chapin Jazz Studio
146 Center St, Suite 4
Grayslake, IL 60030
Please Write "Bob Dawson Scholarship" on the memo line and include your name and address so that we may share your generosity with Bob's family.
Thank you in advance for honoring Bob Dawson by encouraging others to continue learning about jazz.